Eagle Bulk Shipping (EGLE) – Eagle to combine with Star Bulk Carriers Corp.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (“Eagle”) is a US-based drybulk owner-operator focused on the Supramax/Ultramax mid-size asset class, which ranges from 50,000 and 65,000 deadweight tons in size; these vessels are equipped with onboard cranes allowing for the self-loading and unloading of cargoes, a feature which distinguishes them from the larger classes of drybulk vessels and provides for greatly enhanced flexibility and versatility- both with respect to cargo diversity and port accessibility. The Company transports a broad range of major and minor bulk cargoes around the world, including coal, grain, ore, pet coke, cement, and fertilizer. Eagle operates out of three offices, Stamford (headquarters), Singapore, and Hamburg, and performs all aspects of vessel management in-house including: commercial, operational, technical, and strategic.

Michael Heim, Senior Vice President, Equity Research Analyst, Energy & Transportation, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.

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Eagle will get a 13% premium. Eagle shareholders will receive 2.6211 shares of Star Bulk for each share owned worth $52.29 per share based on Star Bulks Monday night close of $19.95. The implied price represents a 13% premium based on Monday night’s close and a 17% premium based on Friday’s close. The combined company will retain the Star Bulk name. Star Bulk management will take over most management positions including Chairman and CEO with certain Eagle management joining the team. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2024.

The combined company will be a leading dry bulk shipper. The combined market capitalization of $2.1 billion and fleet of 169 ships makes it one of the largest in the world. The fleet includes both small and large ships with 97% equipped with scrubbers and an average age of 11 years. The company is a low-cost operator, a position that should improve with an estimated $50 million in cost savings. Combined net debt of $1.4 billion represents a reasonable 37% of capitalization.

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