Hamilton, Bermuda - August 18, 2021
SFL Corporation Ltd. (NYSE: SFL) (“SFL” or the “Company”) announced today that it has agreed to acquire three Suezmax tankers in combination with long term time charters to a world-leading commodity trading and logistics company.
The vessels are built in 2019 and have the latest eco-design features, including exhaust gas cleaning systems. The Company expects to take delivery of the vessels in the fourth quarter.
The charter period of the vessels will be for minimum five years with extension options thereafter, adding approximately $140 million to SFL’s fixed-rate backlog.
The charterer will also have the option to develop a sale of the vessels during the charter period, subject to a profit share mechanism with SFL.
Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of SFL Management AS, said in a comment: “This acquisition demonstrates our ability to achieve sustained growth through new transactions with strong counterparties in multiple shipping segments. The spot tanker market is soft currently, and asset values have not moved like several other shipping segments. From a counter-cyclical perspective, we therefore believe this could be an attractive entry point in combined with long-term charters. We have this year added more than $850 million to our charter backlog and will continue to explore new opportunities going forward”.
SFL has a unique track record in the maritime industry and has paid dividends every quarter since its initial listing on the New York Stock Exchange in 2004. The Company’s fleet of vessels is split between container vessels, bulkers, tankers and offshore drilling rigs.
SFL’s long term distribution capacity is supported by a portfolio of long term charters and significant growth in the asset base over time. More information can be found on the Company's website: www.sflcorp.com
SFL Corporation Ltd. press release