Agreement to Acquire Remainder of IVS Bulk Joint Venture Increasing Ownership to 100%
GRINDROD SHIPPING HOLDINGS LTD.
ABBREVIATED NAME: GRINSHIP
Registered in Singapore with registration number 201731497H
JSE Share code: GSH
Primary listing on NASDAQ Global Select Market
Secondary listing on the JSE Main Board
Grindrod Shipping Holdings Ltd. Announces Agreement to Acquire Remainder of IVS Bulk Joint Venture
Increasing Ownership to 100%
Grindrod Shipping Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRIN) (JSE: GSH) (“Grindrod Shipping” or "Company" or “it” or “we”),
a global provider of maritime transportation services predominantly in the drybulk sector, announced a number
of transactions relating to the acquisition of the remaining 31.14% equity stake in its IVS Bulk joint venture (“IVS
Bulk” or “JV”).
A subsidiary of the Company, Grindrod Shipping Pte. Ltd., or (“GSPL”), has agreed to acquire the remaining
shares in IVS Bulk held by an affiliate of Bain Capital Credit (“Bain”) for a total purchase consideration of $46.3
million comprising of $37.2 million for the ordinary equity shares and $9.1 million for the preference shares
contemplated below. The purchase price is based on appraised values as of May 13, 2021 and reflects the IVS
Bulk balance sheet as of April 30, 2021. The total purchase consideration is subject to interest at Libor + 3%
until closing while changes in the financial position or operating results of IVS Bulk after April 30, 2021 will accrue
to Grindrod Shipping.
IVS Bulk intends to redeem in full the $27.3 million preferred share capital held by the Company and Bain using
(a) available cash at IVS Bulk, (b) the proceeds from an increase of one of IVS Bulk’s existing credit facilities by
$23 million (although there is no assurance that such increase will be completed), and/or (c) available cash on
Grindrod Shipping’s balance sheet. The Company will receive $18.2 million from the redemption and Bain will
receive $9.1 million.
We expect to fund the acquisition of Bain’s ordinary shares through a combination of cash on hand and proceeds
received from the redemption of the preference shares. The agreement with Bain is subject to customary
closing conditions with closing to occur no later than September 30, 2021.
Martyn Wade, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, commented:
“The acquisition of the remaining shares in IVS Bulk represents a critical step in the growth and development of
Grindrod Shipping at a time of very strong freight rates in the drybulk industry. IVS Bulk’s 12 vessels are all
modern, Japanese built “Eco” vessels that ideally complement our cargo operations.”
About Grindrod Shipping Holdings Ltd.
Grindrod Shipping operates a fleet of owned and long-term and short-term chartered-in drybulk vessels
predominantly in the handysize and supramax/ultramax segments. The drybulk business, which operates under
the brand “Island View Shipping” (“IVS”), includes a Core Fleet of 31 vessels consisting of 15 handysize drybulk
carriers and 16 supramax/ultramax drybulk carriers. The Company also owns one medium range product tanker
on bareboat charter. The Company is based in Singapore, with offices in London, Durban, Tokyo, Cape Town and
Rotterdam. Grindrod Shipping is listed on NASDAQ under the ticker “GRIN” and on the JSE under the ticker
The statements in this press release that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements. The Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward-looking statements in
order to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their business. The Company desires
to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is
including this cautionary statement in connection with this safe harbor legislation. The forward-looking
statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, including, without limitation, Grindrod
Shipping management's examination of historical trends, data contained in the Company's records and other
data available from third parties. Although the Company believes that these assumptions were reasonable when
made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which
are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond the Company's control, the Company cannot assure you
that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections. These forward-looking statements
involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the
forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, those discussed in Grindrod
Shipping's public filings with the SEC. Except as required by law, Grindrod Shipping undertakes no obligation to
update publicly or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances
after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
Company Contact: Investor Relations / Media Contact:
Martyn Wade / Stephen Griffiths Nicolas Bornozis / Daniela Guerrero
CEO / CFO Capital Link, Inc.
Grindrod Shipping Holdings Ltd. 230 Park Avenue, Suite 1536
200 Cantonment Road, #03-01 Southpoint New York, N.Y. 10169
Singapore, 089763 Tel.: (212) 661-7566
Email: email@example.com Fax: (212) 661-7526
Website: www.grinshipping.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By order of the Board
27 July 2021
Sponsor: Grindrod Bank Limited
Date: 27-07-2021 07:30:00
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