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Mercuria offers $1 bln boost to Aegean Marine

TAGS: Energy, Finance

Energy trader Mercuria Group has agreed to provide a $1 billion trade finance facility to Greece’s Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, the marine fuel logistics and supplies company said on Thursday, sending Aegean’s stock up more than 150 percent.

New York-listed Aegean Marine underwent a major leadership change this year after losses prompted an activist investor revolt to sever ties with the company founder, shipping and oil tycoon Dimitris Melissanidis.

Aegean announced a $200 million write-off in early June after a new chairman, Donald Moore, was appointed in May to lead a strategic review.

Swiss-based Mercuria will initially inject at least $30 million in cash, Aegean Marine said.

Aegean Marine added that the two companies would explore “a potential broader strategic partnership between the company and Mercuria, including operational services, trading and hedging arrangements.”

Upon closing of the trade finance facility, the company will issue new shares equal to 30 percent of its common stock on a pro-forma basis to Mercuria and will invite a representative of Mercuria to join the company’s board of directors.

“We look forward to further developing our relationship with Aegean and providing the flexibility to execute a strategy that enhances the company’s operations and positions the company for long-term success,” Magid Shenouda, Mercuria’s global head of trading, said.

[Reuters]

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