Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESEA) (Euroseas), an owner and operator of container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for containerized cargoes, announced yesterday the delivery of M/V Monica P, a 46,667 dwt drybulk vessel, built in 1998, to its buyer, an unaffiliated third party. The gross proceeds of this sale were $6.45 million.
The vessel was held for sale as of March 31, 2018. Following the sale of M/V Monica P, the Euroseas fleet consists of 10 feeders and one intermediate containership with a total carrying capacity of 25,473 TEU making the Company the sole US-listed feeder containership company. Furthermore, the Company announced today that, based on recent filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Friends Investments Inc (“FIC”), a major shareholder of the Company, has purchased 275,309 common shares of the Company in the open market for a total of 4,033,004 common shares, or approximately 35.8% of the Company’s outstanding common shares.
Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO, of Euroseas commented: “We are pleased to announce the delivery of our last drybulk vessel to its buyers. This sale marks the completion of the separation of our containership and drybulk fleets following the spin-off of our other six drybulk vessels in a separate US-listed public company, EuroDry Ltd, on May 30, 2018. We can now pursue growing Euroseas as a pure container company focused on feeder containerships, a sector with very strong fundamentals as the orderbook to fleet ratio is near the lowest levels of the last 20 years and demand growth prospects appear strong. At present market levels, Euroseas’ fleet is expected to generate significant cash flow after debt service which should increase the Company’s options. We remain focused on shareholder value and are committed to improving the valuation of the Company which still trades at a significant discount to its net asset value.”