Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NYSE: NAO) – Contemplated business combination with Horizon Maritime of Canada
Bermuda October 1, 2018
Nordic American Offshore Ltd (NYSE: NAO) is pleased to announce it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which contemplates a combination with Canada based Horizon Maritime Services Ltd.
Canadian businessman and investor Mr John Risley and his companies are supporting the transaction.
Subject to due diligence and the execution of a binding agreement within October 31, 2018, NAO shareholders will own 48% of the resulting business and Horizon shareholders 52 %. In NAO, Mr Herbjorn Hansson and the NAO Board of Directors, are the driving force.
Hansson will remain Chairman & CEO of the combined company. Horizon Maritime will maintain its organization and brand in Canada under the leadership of it’s current CEO, Mr Sean Leet. Inherent in the transactions are an objective of strong expansion which can be expected to take place soon. The combined company is expected to be operational before the end of this year.
“The two companies are geographically complementary with focus on each side of the North Atlantic basin” commented Mr Risley and Mr Hansson.
Mr Risley said he was looking forward to offering the combined fleet to clients in Canada and elsewhere and build a more extensive operation. “The combined company has ambitions to increase the size and scope of the fleet going forward”, he added.
NAO is a Bermuda-based company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. It owns and operates a fleet of 10 identical harsh environment offshore support vessels designed and built with the latest technology available. From operating offices in Norway and elsewhere NAO is positioned to support a global business and take advantage of the expected upturn in oil service activity in the North Sea and globally.
Horizon Maritime is a Canadian company operating a fleet of 7 vessels with deep experience in harsh environment marine and offshore operations. With offices across the country Horizon Maritime helps solve the unique challenges of operating in Canadian waters and is well positioned for the increased offshore activity in Canada in the coming years.
Clarksons Platou Securities is acting as financial advisor to the parties.
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Important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand in the PSV market, as a result of changes in the general market conditions of the oil and natural gas industry which influence charter hire rates and vessel values, demand in platform supply vessels, our operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry docking and insurance costs, governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities as well as potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, the availability of financing and refinancing, vessel breakdowns and instances of off-hire and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
| Bjørn Giæver, CFO
Nordic American Offshore Ltd
Tel: +1 888 755 8391 or +47 91 35 00 91
Herbjørn Hansson, Executive Chairman
Nordic American Offshore Ltd.
Tel: +1 866 805 9504 or +47 90 14 62 91