AWHT has agreed to acquire the two sophisticated and highly capable heavy transportation vessels "ANCORA" and "HAWK" with 157m cargo deck length and >30,000t lifting capacity. Purchased on a 'ready-to-operate' basis, the expected delivery of ANCORA is July 2007 and the expected delivery of "HAWK" is scheduled for October 2007. The gross purchase price is US $107 million per vessel.
As part of the settlement of the acquisition, AWHT will issue approx. 8.75 million new shares at NOK 36 per share (approximately US 450 million) to Arne Blystad. Furthermore, Awilco AS, the principal AWHT shareholder, has agreed to sell approx. 940,000 shares to Blystad at NOK 36 per share, giving Blystad a 25% holding in the expanded AWHT. Blystad will be represented by 1 board member in the new AWHT board. Awilco AS will hold approx. 36% of the issued shares post transaction. The Company intends to raise approx. US $160 million of new debt to fully fund the acquisition.
As a result of the business combination, the board of directors of AWHT will propose to change the Company's name to Ocean HeavyLift ASA. The Company is currently preparing an application for listing on Oslo Bors ASA.
Post transaction, Ocean HeavyLift ASA will own and operate four newly converted Heavy Transportation vessels, all in operation by the end of 2007. Further contracts for the combined fleet totaling US $37 million have been awarded.
The transaction is subject to final MoAs to be entered into between AWHT and Heavy Transport AS.
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