ATHENS, Greece, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Paragon Shipping Inc. (NASDAQ:PRGN) ("Paragon Shipping") announced today that it has upsized and priced a $30 million public offering consisting of 5,217,391 of its Class A common shares at $5.75 per share.
The offering is expected to close on September 27, 2013. Paragon Shipping has granted the underwriters a 45-day option to purchase an additional 782,609 Class A common shares to cover over-allotments, if any. The net proceeds from the offering after the underwriting discount and other offering expenses payable by Paragon Shipping are expected to be approximately $27.787 million.
The majority of the net proceeds of the offering are expected to be used by Paragon Shipping to fund the initial deposits and other costs associated with the purchase of two Ultramax newbuilding drybulk carriers with scheduled delivery in May and July 2014, respectively. Paragon Shipping has agreed to acquire these vessels from an affiliated entity, subject to the closing of the offering, the assignment to Paragon Shipping by the seller of refund guarantees from the shipyard, which are expected to be received by the seller prior to the closing of this offering, and customary closing conditions. The remainder of the net proceeds are expected to be used for general corporate purposes, which may include additional newbuilding and secondhand vessel acquisitions and/or the repayment of debt.
Maxim Group LLC is acting as joint book-running manager and lead managing underwriter of the offering. Global Hunter Securities and National Securities Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Holdings Inc. (OTCBB:NHLD), are acting as joint book-running managers of the offering.
The offering is being made pursuant to Paragon Shipping's existing registration statement previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and declared effective. This offering is being made only by means of a prospectus. A preliminary prospectus related to the offering has been filed with the SEC and is available on the SEC's website located at www.sec.gov. When available, copies of the final prospectus relating to this offering may be obtained from Maxim Group LLC, 405 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10174 (or by telephone at 212-895-3685 or by email to [email protected]).
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities, in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.
About Paragon Shipping Inc.
Paragon Shipping is an international shipping company incorporated under the laws of the Republic of the Marshall Islands with executive offices in Athens, Greece, specializing in the transportation of drybulk cargoes. Paragon Shipping's current fleet consists of thirteen drybulk vessels with a total carrying capacity of 816,472 dwt. In addition, Paragon Shipping's current newbuilding program (excluding the vessels to be acquired with the proceeds of this offering as described herein) consists of one Handysize drybulk carrier scheduled to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2013 and two 4,800 TEU containerships that are scheduled to be delivered in 2014. Paragon Shipping has granted Box Ships Inc., an affiliated company, the option to acquire its two containerships under construction. For more information, visit: www.paragonship.com. The information contained on the Paragon Shipping's website does not constitute part of this press release.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain of the statements made in this press release are "forward-looking statements" as defined by U.S. federal securities laws, such as those, among others, relating to the Paragon Shipping's expectations regarding the completion and use of proceeds of the proposed public offering. Words such as, but not limited to, "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "targets," "projects," "likely," "will," "would," "could" and similar expressions or phrases may identify forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected or implied in these forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause such a difference include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties related to market conditions, the satisfaction of customary closing conditions related to the public offering described herein and other risks set forth in the prospectus for the offering described herein. There can be no assurance that Paragon Shipping will be able to complete the proposed public offering on terms satisfactory to it, or at all.
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THE ISSUER HAS FILED A REGISTRATION STATEMENT (INCLUDING A PROSPECTUS) WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (THE "SEC") FOR THE OFFERING TO WHICH THIS COMMUNICATION RELATES. BEFORE YOU INVEST, YOU SHOULD READ THE PROSPECTUS IN THAT REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND OTHER DOCUMENTS THE ISSUER HAS FILED WITH THE SEC FOR MORE COMPLETE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ISSUER AND THE OFFERING. YOU MAY OBTAIN THESE DOCUMENTS FOR FREE BY VISITING EDGAR ON THE SEC WEB SITE AT WWW.SEC.GOV. ALTERNATIVELY, THE ISSUER OR ANY UNDERWRITER PARTICIPATING IN THE OFFERING WILL ARRANGE TO SEND YOU THE PROSPECTUS IF YOU REQUEST IT BY CONTACTING Maxim Group LLC, AS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNDERWRITERS, 405 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10174 (or by telephone at 212-895-3685 or by email to [email protected]).
SOURCE Paragon Shipping Inc.