Solidifies Seaspanís Industry-Leading Position as Largest Independent Containership Owner Operator
Acquisition Increases Seaspanís Fleet Exposure in 10,000 TEU and 14,000 TEU Eco-Class Vessels
Transaction Significantly Accretive to Seaspanís Earnings per Share
Fairfax Financial to Invest an Additional $250 Million in 5.5% Debentures and Warrants, Increasing Total Fairfax Investment in Seaspan to $500 Million
Hong Kong - March 14, 2018
Seaspan Corporation ("Seaspan") (NYSE:SSW), the worldís largest independent containership owner operator, announced today that it has acquired the remaining 89% it did not own of Greater China Intermodal Investments LLC ("GCI") from affiliates of The Carlyle Group ("Carlyle") and the minority owners of GCI.
Seaspan Acquires Greater China Intermodal Investments LLC (CNW Group/Seaspan Corporation)
This acquisition solidifies Seaspanís industry-leading position as the worldís largest independent containership owner operator, and highlights Seaspanís strength and ability to achieve sustained growth and drive consolidation in the fragmented containership sector. By expanding Seaspanís fleet and deepening its customer relationships, Seaspan is well-positioned to offer its customers, the worldís leading container liners, enhanced service and capabilities.
The implied enterprise value of GCI is approximately $1.6 billion, including assumed third party net debt of approximately $1.0 billion and $140 million of future vessel payments. The consideration to selling shareholders will be cash of approximately $330 million and a $50 million issuance of Seaspan Series D preferred shares. Seaspan financed the cash consideration with cash from its balance sheet and a $16 million reinvestment by the Washington family in Seaspan common equity. Seaspan has also closed on a $100 million secured credit facility from Citi.
Bing Chen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Seaspan, stated, "This significantly accretive acquisition materially increases our contracted future revenues and enhances our ability to provide our customers with modern, state-of-the-art containerships. With GCIís fleet now under our ownership, we are strengthening our partnerships with customers and enhancing our scalable integrated platform for sustained growth and future consolidation. As the container shipping industry is beginning to show signs of a recovery, we are taking decisive actions to capitalize on compelling opportunities in our market."
GCIís fleet of 18 modern containerships is comprised of high quality 10,000 TEU and 14,000 TEU eco-class vessels, representing a total of 204,000 TEU. Of these 18 vessels, there are currently 16 on-the-water vessels with the remaining two newbuild vessels scheduled for delivery during the second quarter of 2018. Seaspan has been involved in the design, construction, delivery and operations of all 18 of GCIís vessels since inception. All of these vessels are sister ships to Seaspanís current fleet. Given Seaspanís operating history of GCIís fleet, there is no operational integration risk.
GCIís current fleet will contribute approximately $1.3 billion towards Seaspanís contracted future revenues, increasing Seaspanís total contracted future revenues to approximately $5.6 billion. In calendar year 2019, with an 18 vessel fleet, GCI is expected to generate $185 million to $200 million in annual EBITDA.
The Combined Fleet of SSW and GCI
Citi acted as financial advisor to Seaspan. Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. served as financial adviser to GCI.
Fairfax Financial Holdings Investment
Seaspan also announced that Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, through certain subsidiaries (collectively, "Fairfax"), has entered into definitive agreements for an additional $250 million investment in Seaspan Debentures (the "Debentures") and Warrants (the "Warrants"). The $250 million investment will be funded in January 2019. Fairfaxís investment is on substantively the same terms as Fairfaxís February 14, 2018 investment (as disclosed in Seaspanís 2017 20-F).
The term of the Debentures and Warrants will be seven years from the expected funding date of January 2019. The Debentures are a 5.5% interest bearing security, which will be guaranteed by certain of Seaspanís subsidiaries. Seaspan will have the right to redeem the Debentures at face value plus all accrued but unpaid interest at any time after the fifth anniversary of issuance. Seaspan has also agreed to issue 38,461,539 Warrants, each exercisable into one Class A common share of Seaspan at $6.50 per share, subject to adjustment. Seaspan can elect to require early exercise of the warrants, at any time after the fourth anniversary of closing, if the volume weighted average price of Seaspanís common shares, averaged over a 20-day period, equals or exceeds $13.00 per share, subject to adjustment.
David Sokol, Chairman of Seaspanís Board of Directors, said, "We are very pleased to announce the expansion of our partnership with Prem Watsa-led Fairfax through this investment. Fairfax has an exceptional investment track record and reputation for creating shareholder value. We believe this investment is a validation of Seaspanís industry-leading platform and has been instrumental in facilitating our acquisition of GCI."
Mr. Sokol continued, "The acquisition of GCI has always been strategically compelling for Seaspan. We now have the right team in place to execute on this opportunity, as well as strong support from both Fairfax and the Washington family. Under Bingís leadership, Seaspan is growing its fleet with high-quality young vessels and building a platform for growth, while taking actions to create shareholder value for many years to come."
Prem Watsa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax, said, "We are delighted to grow our partnership with the Seaspan team. Building an even greater relationship with a company guided by proven leaders like David Sokol and Bing Chen, and sponsored by the experienced and successful Dennis Washington, represents a tremendous opportunity for Fairfax. We are very excited to continue supporting Seaspan in the execution of its long-term vision."
Larry Simkins, a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Seaspan and President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of The Washington Companies, commented, "As Seaspanís largest shareholder, the Washington family is thrilled with Seaspanís rapid progress under Davidís oversight as Chairman and Bingís leadership as CEO. We remain committed to supporting Seaspanís future growth and look forward to benefiting as the market continues to recover and this management team capitalizes on increasingly attractive opportunities around the globe."
Investor Conference Call and Webcast Presentation:
Seaspan will host a conference call and webcast presentation for investors and analysts to discuss the transaction, with details as follows:
To access the live webcast of the conference call, go to www.seaspancorp.com and click on "News & Events" then "Events & Presentations" for the link. The webcast will be archived on the site for one year.
A replay of the conference call will be available from 11:30 a.m. ET on March 14, 2018 to 11:59 p.m. ET on March 28, 2018. The replay telephone numbers are: 1-855-859-2056 or 1-404-537-3406 and the replay passcode is: 2078058.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. This press release is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States, and the securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from the registration requirements. The securities have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Seaspan provides many of the worldís major container shipping liners with alternatives to vessel ownership by offering long-term leases on large, modern containerships combined with industry-leading ship management services. Seaspanís operating fleet, including 4 newbuilding containerships on order for delivery to Seaspan by mid-2018, consists of 112 containerships representing a total capacity of over 900,000 TEU. Excluding newbuilds, Seaspanís operating fleet of 108 vessels has an average age of approximately 5 years and an average remaining lease period of approximately 5 years, on a TEU weighted basis.
About Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited
Fairfax is a holding company which, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and investment management.
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