Bear Stearns Merchant Banking Completes Acquisition of MC Shipping
September 12, 2007
Bear Stearns Merchant Banking (“BSMB”), a leading private equity firm focusing on middle-market investments, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of MC Shipping Inc. MC Shipping is an international shipping company focused on the transportation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). The agreement between the two firms was previously announced on July 30, 2007. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Mast Acquisition Ltd., a newly-formed affiliate of BSMB, agreed to acquire the outstanding shares of MC Shipping for a price of $14.25 per share in cash and to assume all outstanding indebtedness. MC Shipping will continue to do business under the MC Shipping banner and will continue to be based in Monaco.
“We are excited about this investment in the LPG shipping industry,” said Doug Korn, senior managing director and partner of BSMB. “Global trends in LPG demand growth should continue to be strong due to its cost-competitiveness as well as its clean-burning, environmentally-friendly properties. The management team has done an excellent job repositioning MC Shipping over the last several years and we look forward to supporting them as they continue to build and grow the company with enhanced financial flexibility.”
“MC Shipping has been engaged in a three-year project to turn its business around and to give it structure and focus,” said Antony Crawford, president and chief executive officer of MC Shipping. “The welcome entry of BSMB is well timed to provide the additional equity, financial skills and guidance to allow the next stage of the business plan to be implemented while allowing current shareholders a favorable exit.”
“MC Shipping is well positioned to capitalize on the future growth opportunities within the LPG shipping industry,” said Ted Young, managing director and partner of BSMB. “As the LPG industry enters a period of higher growth, it is critical for charterers to partner with a reliable company that can cater to the unique needs of this sector.”
DnB NOR Markets served as the financial advisor to MC Shipping Inc. in connection with the transaction, and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP served as legal counsel. HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. and Poten Capital Services, LLC served as financial advisors to BSMB, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP served as legal counsel.