NEW YORK, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- General Maritime Corporation (NYSE: GMR) today announced that it has commenced a public offering of primary shares of its common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the "Common Stock"). The offering is subject to market conditions, and there can be no assurance as to whether or when the offering may be completed, or as to the actual size or terms of the offering. The Company intends to use all of the net proceeds from the offering to fund a portion of the remaining purchase price for its previously announced acquisition of a Suezmax vessel and for general corporate purposes.
For purposes of covering over-allotments, the Company expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase additional shares of Common Stock offered by the Company.
This offering is being made only by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement. A copy of the preliminary prospectus supplement, together with the prospectus, has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and is available on the SEC's website, www.sec.gov. Jefferies & Company, Inc. and Dahlman Rose & Company, LLC will act as joint book running managers for the offering. Copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus relating to this offering may be obtained from Equity Syndicate Prospectus Department, Jefferies & Company, Inc., 520 Madison Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY, 10022, at 877-547-6340, and at Prospectus_Department@Jefferies.com or from the offices of Dahlman Rose & Company, LLC at 1301 Avenue of the Americas, 44th Floor, New York, NY 10019, Attention: Prospectus Department, at 212-710-5559, and at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. The shares will be offered only by means of a prospectus, including the prospectus supplement relating to the shares, meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
About General Maritime Corporation
General Maritime Corporation is a leading crude and products tanker company serving principally within the Atlantic basin, which includes ports in the Caribbean, South and Central America, the United States, West Africa, the Mediterranean, Europe and the North Sea. General Maritime also currently operates tankers in other regions including the Black Sea and Far East. General Maritime owns a fully double-hull fleet of 31 tankers - seven VLCC, eleven Suezmax, ten Aframax, two Panamax tankers and one Product tanker - with a total carrying capacity of approximately 5.1 million dwt. The Company also has three Product tankers that are chartered-in with options to purchase the vessels. The Company controls tonnage of 34 vessels, totaling 5.2 million dwt, including the owned fleet and the chartered-in fleet.
"Safe Harbor" Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
This press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and observations. Included among the factors that, in the Company's view, could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward looking statements contained in this press release are the following: loss or reduction in business from the Company's significant customers; the failure of the Company's significant customers to perform their obligations owed to us; changes in demand; a material decline in rates in the tanker market; changes in production of or demand for oil and petroleum products, generally or in particular regions; greater than anticipated levels of tanker newbuilding orders or lower than anticipated rates of tanker scrapping; changes in rules and regulations applicable to the tanker industry, including, without limitation, legislation adopted by international organizations such as the International Maritime Organization and the European Union or by individual countries; actions taken by regulatory authorities; actions by the courts, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Department of Justice or other governmental authorities and the results of the legal proceedings to which the Company or any of its vessels may be subject; changes in trading patterns significantly impacting overall tanker tonnage requirements; changes in the typical seasonal variations in tanker charter rates; changes in the cost of other modes of oil transportation; changes in oil transportation technology; increases in costs including without limitation: crew wages, insurance, provisions, repairs and maintenance; changes in general domestic and international political conditions; changes in the condition of the Company's vessels or applicable maintenance or regulatory standards (which may affect, among other things, the Company's anticipated drydocking or maintenance and repair costs); changes in the itineraries of the Company's vessels; adverse changes in foreign currency exchange rates affecting the Company's expenses; the fulfillment of the closing conditions under, or the execution of customary additional documentation for, the Company's agreements to acquire vessels; sourcing, completion and funding of financing on acceptable terms; financial market conditions and other factors listed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.
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