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C3is Announces Agreement to Acquire Handysize Bulk Carrier from an Affiliated Company

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C3is Inc. (CISS) has agreed to acquire the Bulk Carrier Eco Spitfire for $16.19 million from Brave Maritime, an affiliated company. The vessel, built in 2012, has a cargo capacity of 33,664 dwt and is currently under a time charter. Payment terms include 10% upfront and the balance by April 2025.
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The acquisition of the Eco Spitfire bulk carrier by C3is Inc. reflects a strategic capital expenditure that has clear implications for the company's asset base and operational capabilities. The transaction size of $16.19 million places it in a mid-range investment tier, given the scale of maritime assets. From a financial analysis perspective, the staggered payment structure, with only 10% due upfront, provides C3is with cash flow flexibility in the short-term while committing to a significant outlay by April 2025.

The vessel's age, being built in 2012, suggests a depreciation factor that must be considered when assessing the long-term return on investment. This also raises questions about the potential maintenance and operational costs that could impact the company's financials. Investors should monitor the utilization of this vessel post-acquisition, as it will directly impact revenue generation capabilities.

C3is's move to acquire a handysize bulk carrier is indicative of the current demand for maritime shipping, particularly for vessels that offer flexibility in cargo carrying capacity. Handysize carriers like the Eco Spitfire are versatile for a variety of cargo, making them valuable in the bulk shipping sector. The vessel's registration in the Marshall Islands is a common flag of convenience, which may lead to cost savings in terms of registration fees, taxes and compliance with maritime regulations.

Furthermore, the time charter set to expire in May 2024 presents an upcoming decision point for C3is regarding the vessel’s employment strategy. The current market rates for time charters and the overall shipping market trends will greatly influence the profitability of this acquisition. Analysts and investors will be closely watching the terms of the new charter agreement or alternative employment for the vessel to gauge potential earnings.

ATHENS, Greece, April 12, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- C3is Inc. (Nasdaq: CISS) (the “Company”) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the Bulk Carrier Eco Spitfire for $16.19 million from Brave Maritime, an affiliated company.

Eco Spitfire, a Marshall Islands registered vessel, was built at a Japanese ship yard in 2012, and has a cargo carrying capacity of approximately 33,664 dwt.

Payment of 10% of the purchase price will be effected within April 2024, with the remaining balance due by the 10th of April, 2025, at the latest.

The vessel is currently trading under a time charter, scheduled to expire at the beginning of May 2024.

The transaction with Brave Maritime Inc., which is an affiliated company, was approved by the Company’s audit committee comprising of independent directors.        

About C3is Inc.

C3is Inc. is a ship-owning company providing seaborne transportation services, including major national and private industrial users, commodity producers and traders.

Following the acquisition of Eco Spitfire, the Company will own a fleet of 3 Handysize Bulk Carriers with a capacity of 97,664 dwt, and one Aframax oil tanker of 115,800 dwt, resulting in a total fleet capacity of 213,464 dwt.

C3is Inc.’s common shares are listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market and trade under the symbol “CISS.”

Forward-Looking Statements

Matters discussed in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance and may include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts, including in relation to the delivery date for the vessel being acquired and the financing of the remaining purchase price. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, management’s examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although C3is INC. believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, C3is INC. cannot assure you that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections. Important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include our ability to fund the remaining purchase price for the acquired vessel, the risks discussed in our filings with the SEC and the following: the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including changes in charter hire rates and vessel values, charter counterparty performance, changes in demand that may affect attitudes of time charterers to scheduled and unscheduled drydockings, shipyard performance, changes in C3is INC’s operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, ability to obtain financing and comply with covenants in our financing arrangements, or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, domestic and international political conditions, the conflict in Ukraine and related sanctions, the conflict in Israel and Gaza, potential disruption of shipping routes due to ongoing attacks by Houthis in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden or accidents and political events or acts by terrorists. 

Risks and uncertainties are further described in reports filed by C3is INC. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Company Contact:

Nina Pyndiah - CFO

C3is INC.

00-30-210-6250-001

E-mail: info@C3is.pro


FAQ

What is the name of the company acquiring the Bulk Carrier Eco Spitfire?

C3is Inc. (CISS)

How much is the acquisition cost for the Bulk Carrier Eco Spitfire?

$16.19 million

When was the Bulk Carrier Eco Spitfire built?

2012

What is the cargo carrying capacity of the Bulk Carrier Eco Spitfire?

Approximately 33,664 dwt

Who is the current owner of the Bulk Carrier Eco Spitfire?

Brave Maritime

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