ATHENS, Greece, July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Box Ships Inc. (NYSE:TEU) (the "Company") today closed its previously-announced public offering of 558,333 shares of its newly designated 9.00% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock (the "Series C Preferred Shares") at $24.00 per share. The gross proceeds from the offering before the underwriting discount and other offering expenses payable by the Company amounted to approximately $13.4 million. Neige International Inc., a company controlled by Mr. Michael Bodouroglou, the Company's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, purchased $5.0 million of the Series C Preferred Shares, or 208,333 shares, sold in the offering at the public offering price. The Company has granted the underwriters a 45-day option to purchase up to an additional 52,500 Series C Preferred Shares on the same terms and conditions to cover over-allotments, if any.
Dividends will be payable on the Series C Preferred Shares at an initial rate of 9.00% per annum of the stated liquidation preference.
The Series C Preferred Shares have been approved for listing on the New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSE") under the symbol "TEUPRC" and are expected to commence trading on the NYSE upon the open of trading on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.
The Company plans to use the net proceeds of the offering and approximately $7.2 million of its cash reserves to redeem all of its outstanding Series B-1 Preferred Shares. In addition, the Company intends to repay a portion of its unsecured loan with Paragon Shipping Inc. with a current outstanding principal balance of $11.0 million, using amounts drawn from its cash reserves.
Maxim Group LLC, Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., a subsidiary of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc., and MLV & Co. LLC acted as the joint bookrunning managers for the offering. National Securities Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Holdings, Inc., acted as the lead manager for the offering, and Aegis Capital Corp.and Global Hunter Securities acted as co-managers for the offering.
The offering was made pursuant to the Company's existing shelf registration statement previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and declared effective.
The final prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus relating to the offering have been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and are available at the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the final prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus relating to this offering may also be obtained from Maxim Group LLC, 405 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10174 (or by telephone at 212-895-3745 or by email to email@example.com).
About Box Ships Inc.
Box Ships Inc. is an Athens, Greece-based international shipping company specializing in the transportation of containers. The Company's current fleet consists of nine containerships with a total carrying capacity of 43,925 TEU and a TEU weighted average age of 8.5 years. The Company's common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "TEU."
Certain of the statements made in this press release are forward looking, such as those, among others, relating to the Company's expectations regarding the completion of the proposed public offering. Actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected or implied in these forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause such a difference include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties related to market conditions and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions related to the proposed public offering. There can be no assurance that the Company will be able to complete the proposed public offering on terms satisfactory to it, or at all.
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