Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) (NYSE:TNP) Friday (Mar06) announced the sale of three Suezmax crude carriers, as well as the agreement to sell two product carriers for a total price of $104 million. These sales, in aggregate, will add $47 million of free cash and will reduce associated debt by $58 million.
“Regardless of the short-term challenges the market is facing due to the coronavirus, longer-term market prospects remain positive. The above transactions enable the Company to proceed with its policy of maintaining a modern fleet through strategic sales of first-generation vessels,” Mr. George Saroglou, COO of TEN commented.
“With a strong balance sheet and growing cash reserves, a young fleet much in demand by high-end charterers and timely divestment of assets, TEN remains focused on healthy shareholders returns and responsible growth when opportunities arise,” Mr. Saroglou concluded.
TEN will report earnings for the fourth quarter and year end December 31, 2019 prior to the open of the market in New York on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.