On June 30, 2023, SeaJets, Kiara Shipping and Golden Step Shipping Ltd submitted a new improved proposal to the Piraeus Bank for the acquisition of ANEK Lines.
[see last week’s news: Surprise: SeaJets submitted a proposal for the acquisition of ANEK Lines]
According to the new letter, which was also sent to ANEK Lines and its Creditors and Shareholders:
- The three companies proposed an increased offer at EUR 83 million, under the same terms of payment.
- In terms of transparency, they proposed a loan of EUR 55 million secured by first marine mortgages on ships with a commercial value of EUR 138 million (coverage rate of 250.9% of the loan). The remaining EUR 28 million will be paid from equity, which is immediately available and certainly reduce the Bank’s exposure.
In addition to the increased offer, the letter mentions a few arguments as a response to the Bank’s objections. Among other things it is stated that:
- Until approval is given by the Competition Committee, the “implementation” of the Attica transaction, which the bank claim is in progress, is illegal.
- It is already known to the public that the proposed Attica “transaction” raises significant competition issues based on the initial views of the Competition Committee.
- The formulations adopted in the Bank’s response raise many questions and lead to the conclusion that the Bank is acting and arguing as the buyer of ANEK Lines rather than as a representative of its Creditors.
- SeaJets proposal does not contain a due diligence clause, as it is inaccurately stated in the Banks’ answering letter. On the contrary, the Bank acknowledges that due diligence was carried out by Attica Group and information was provided to Attica Group, even though ANEK is a listed company. This constitutes privileged information and leads to an audit of the related stock market transactions to date.
- SeaJets proposal ensures not only the competition but also a greater return for the Bank’s own loans.
- The view that SeaJets proposal does not “meet the necessary criteria to constitute a viable credit risk” is not substantiated.
- The three companies are willing to immediately engage in direct discussions with each one of the informants to avoid misunderstandings and await a prompt action.
Source: ANEK, 3 July 2023 (in Greek)