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Scorpio refinances six ultramaxes with AVIC sale and leaseback deal

Monaco-headquartered Scorpio Bulkers has agreed to the sale and leaseback of six ultramax vessels to China’s AVIC International Leasing.

SBI Antares, SBI Bravo, SBI Hydra, SBI Leo, SBI Lyra and SBI Maia are the vessels being sold, with completion scheduled by the end of June.

The deal will see Scorpio add up to $62.4m to its liquidity, and it will bareboat charter the vessels back for a period of eight years. Scorpio has options to buy back the vessels from after the second year and an obligation to purchase the vessels at the end of the charter.

Scorpio has been active this year refinancing its fleet, having sealed a sale and leaseback earlier this month with Ocean Yield for two ultramaxes and a seven-ship deal last month with China’s CMB Financial Leasing.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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