Hamburg/Oslo, 8 February 2018 - During the last week, MPC Container Ships ASA, Oslo, increased its investment capacity by USD 175 million to USD 625 million. Last week, the Company raised USD 100 million as part of a bond tap. Yesterday, it increased its equity by a further USD 75 million through a private placement with international institutional investors, which was significantly oversubscribed despite the adverse capital market conditions. The funds will be used to acquire additional feeder container vessels in the size between 1,000 and 3,000 TEU on the second-hand market.
Since its foundation in spring 2017, MPC Container Ships has thus raised USD 425 million in equity and another USD 200 million from bond issues from international institutional investors. Within nine months MPC Container Ships has built up a fleet of 44 container ships. A large part of the fleet is managed by the technical ship manager Ahrenkiel Steamship and the charter company Contchart Hamburg / Leer. Both companies belong to the MPC Capital Group.
MPC Container Ships was set up by MPC Capital on the basis of a favorable market dynamics for the container feeder segment: Attractive supply/demand patterns in intraregional trade meet historically low asset values for ships, which are protected by high recycling prices.
The shares of MPC Container Ships ASA have been traded on the Oslo Merkur Market since May 2017. In January 2018, the company was up-listed to Oslo Axess, the fully regulated marketplace of the Oslo Stock Exchange. MPC Capital is a co-investor in MPC Container Ships ASA.
About MPC Capital AG
MPC Capital AG is an internationally active asset and investment manager specialising in real asset investments. Together with its subsidiaries, the company develops and manages investment products for international institutional investors, family offices and professional investors. Its focus is on the asset categories Real Estate, Shipping and Infrastructure. MPC Capital AG has been quoted on the stock exchange since 2000 and has around 260 employees group-wide.