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Taylor Maritime offloads bulker pair for $33m

London-listed Taylor Maritime Investments (TMI) continues to maximise its returns from improving markets, having landed $33.3m from the sale of two vessels.

The Ed Buttery-led bulker owner said a 2006-built handysize and a 2011-built supramax were offloaded at internal rates of return (IRR) above 100% for each ship and multiple of invested capital (MOIC) of 1.4x and 1.7x respectively. The supramax Awesome Ashley was sold to Blue Fleet Group for $20.9m, according to brokers. Both vessels were IPO seed assets, and the sales should complete in the second quarter of this year.

“The market has continued to firm since Chinese New Year and we have been able to secure the sale of two assets at attractive levels, crystallising significant returns for shareholders,” said Buttery.

TMI recently completed the sale of one ship agreed for sale in connection with the Grindrod Shipping transaction and expects to deliver the second ship agreed for sale within this quarter. The two Chinese-built vessels were sold for a combined price of $42.8m, also representing an IRR of around 100% on each vessel. Following these transactions, TMI’s fleet will stand at 28 ships.

Adis Ajdin

Adis is an experienced news reporter with a background in finance, media and education. He has written across the spectrum of offshore energy and ocean industries for many years and is a member of International Federation of Journalists. Previously he had written for Navingo media group titles including Offshore Energy, Subsea World News and Marine Energy.
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