LONDON, Dec. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global Ship Lease, Inc. (NYSE: GSL) (the “Company”) today announced that it has received the requisite consents to approve amendments (the “Amendments”) to the indenture (the “Indenture”) governing the Company’s 9.875% First Priority Secured Notes due 2022 (the “Notes”) dated as of October 31, 2017, among the Company, the guarantors party listed thereto (the “Guarantors”) and Citibank, N.A., London Branch, as trustee, security agent, paying agent, registrar and transfer agent.
Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, stated, “Having completed this consent solicitation and our strategic combination with Poseidon Containers last month, we are excited to enter 2019 as a stronger, more agile company with reduced total loan-to-value and a fleet of 38 containerships which is, on average, younger and better specified. The highly accretive transaction and our subsequent market activity to secure five-year charters on six high-specification, modern vessels have expanded our charter-attached NAV as at September 30, 2018, to over $500 million dollars, equivalent to approximately $2.75 per share on a fully diluted basis, while simultaneously increasing our contracted revenue, annualized EBITDA, and average remaining contract duration beyond that of the pre-merger GSL and improving our ability to benefit from a strengthening charter market. This positive momentum and our improved financial and competitive platform position GSL to take full advantage of the supportive long-term market fundamentals for the benefit of all stakeholders.”
The Company will make a cash payment (the “Consent Fee”) of $7.50 per $1,000 in aggregate principal amount of Notes to each holder who held such Notes as of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December 13, 2018 (the “Record Date”) and validly delivered (and did not validly revoke) a duly executed consent at or prior to 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on December 19, 2018 (the “Expiration Time”) in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the Consent Solicitation Statement, dated December 13, 2018 (the “Consent Solicitation Statement”). The Company expects the Consent Fee to be paid on December 21, 2018.
In connection with receiving the requisite consents, on December 20, 2018, the Company, the Guarantors and Citibank, N.A., London Branch, as trustee (the “Trustee”) and security agent (the “Security Agent”) executed and delivered a First Supplemental Indenture with respect to the Indenture (the “Supplemental Indenture” and such time, the “Effective Time”). Pursuant to the terms of the Supplemental Indenture, the Amendments became effective at the Effective Time, with retroactive effect as of immediately prior to the completion of the transactions contemplated by the Agreement and Plan of Merger dated October 29, 2018 by and among the Company, Poseidon Containers Holdings LLC, K&T Marine LLC and the other parties thereto, which were completed on November 15, 2018, and bind every holder of Notes. Although the Supplemental Indenture became effective upon the execution by the Company, the Guarantors, the Trustee and the Security Agent, the Amendments will not become operative and will have no effect until and unless the payment of the Consent Fee is made in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the Consent Solicitation Statement.
This announcement is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any security.
About Global Ship Lease
Global Ship Lease is a leading independent owner of containerships with a diversified fleet of mid-sized and smaller containerships. Incorporated in the Marshall Islands, Global Ship Lease commenced operations in December 2007 with a business of owning and chartering out containerships under mainly long-term, fixed-rate charters to top tier container liner companies. On November 15, 2018, it completed a strategic combination with Poseidon Containers.
Global Ship Lease owns 38 vessels ranging from 2,207 to 11,040 TEU, of which nine are fuel efficient new-design wide beam, with a total capacity of 198,793 TEU and an average age, weighted by TEU capacity, of 10.7 years determined as at September 30, 2018.
The average remaining term of the charters at September 30, 2018, including those on the 19 Poseidon Containers vessels acquired on November 15, 2018 and subsequent charter agreements, was 2.7 years on a weighted basis.
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