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Capital raise secures additional ammunition for fleet growth


TORM plc ("TORM" or the "Company") (Nasdaq Copenhagen: TRMD A and NASDAQ New York: TRMD) hereby announces that the Company has priced its Private Placement (the "Private Placement") (cf. announcement no. 2 dated 22 January 2018). In total, TORM will issue 11,920,000 new Class A common shares (par value USD 0.01) (the "New Shares") at a price of USD 8.39 (corresponding to DKK 51.00) per New Share for gross proceeds of USD 100m, as determined through an accelerated bookbuilding process. The New Shares will be issued without any pre-emption rights for TORM's existing shareholders and have been placed with Danish and foreign institutional investors pursuant to exemptions from the registration requirements under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

The net proceeds from the Private Placement are expected to be used for:

  • Funding of existing newbuilding commitments, and/or
  • Funding of potential fleet growth opportunities through either execution of existing newbuilding options of up to four fuel-efficient and high-specification product tanker newbuildings from Guangzhou Shipyard International, or acquisition of attractively priced second-hand vessels on the water, and/or
  • General corporate purposes.

TORM believes that the strong interest in the Private Placement will have a positive impact on the liquidity in the TORM share going forward. TORM's majority shareholder, OCM Njord Holdings S.à r.l., a wholly-owned subsidiary of funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, has shown its support to TORM and the Private Placement by subscribing for 8,214,548 New Shares for an aggregate amount of USD 68.9m.

Settlement of the New Shares

The expected date of settlement is 26 January 2018. In VP Securities, New Shares will be delivered in book-entry form in the temporary ISIN DK0060951515 against payment of the subscription price in DKK. In VP Securities, the temporary ISIN code is expected to be merged with the existing permanent ISIN code for the existing shares, GB00BZ3CNK81, on 31 January 2018. The temporary ISIN code will not be listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen, but will only be registered with VP Securities for use in connection with subscription for New Shares.

Resolution on capital increase

The decision to launch the Private Placement was made in accordance with TORM's existing authorities to issue shares as approved by shareholders on 15 March 2016 and articles 8.3 and 131 of TORM's Articles of Association pursuant to which the Board of Directors is authorized to increase the share capital without pre-emption right for TORM's existing shareholders.

Pursuant to article 131.2.1 of TORM's Articles of Associations, the Company has obtained a fairness opinion from the international financial advisor Pareto Securities AS in relation to the subscription price for and the issue of the New Shares.

The nominal value of the capital increase will represent approximately 19.1% of TORM's current nominal Class A share capital of USD 622,988.46 and approximately 16.1% of TORM's registered Class A share capital after the capital increase. Following the capital increase, the nominal Class A share capital of TORM will amount to USD 742,188.46 corresponding to 74,218,846 Class A common shares each with a nominal value of USD 0.01.

Admission to trading and official listing

The New Shares are expected be listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen on 30 January 2018 under the same ISIN code as the existing Class A common shares, permanent ISIN code GB00BZ3CNK81. All New Shares may be traded immediately on Nasdaq Copenhagen following listing.

The New Shares are expected to be approved for listing on NASDAQ New York at or prior to the time of closing of the Private Placement. The New Shares will trade on NASDAQ New York under the existing CUSIP number for TORM's Class A common shares, G89479 10.

Based on the subscription price of the Private Placement, TORM is assessing whether it will require an adjustment of certain terms of its warrants.


This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014.

Jacob Meldgaard, Executive Director, tel.: +45 3917 9200 Birchin Court, 20 Birchin Lane
Christian Søgaard-Christensen, CFO, tel.: +45 3917 9200 London, EC3V 9DU, United Kingdom
Christian Lintner, IR, tel.: +45 3917 9335 Tel.: +44 203 713 4560

TORM is one of the world's leading carriers of refined oil products. The Company operates a fleet of approximately 80 modern vessels with a strong commitment to safety, environmental responsibility and customer service. TORM was founded in 1889. The Company conducts business worldwide. For further information, please visit

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This announcement has been prepared on the basis that any offers of securities referred to herein in any Member State of the EEA will be made pursuant to an exemption under Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 on prospectuses Article 1(5). The information set forth in this announcement is only being distributed to, and directed at, persons in Member States of EEA, which have implemented the Prospectus Directive (Directive No. 2003/71/EC and amendments thereto, including Directive No. 2010/73/EU, to the extent implemented in the relevant Member State) who are qualified investors ("Qualified Investors") within the meaning of Article 2(1)(e) of the Prospectus Directive Regulation. In addition, in the United Kingdom, this information is only being distributed to, and is only directed at, (x) Qualified Investors who are investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "Order") or (y) high net worth entities falling within Article 49(2)(a)-(d) of the Order, or (z) persons to whom it may otherwise lawfully be communicated.

The New Shares have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The New Shares are being offered only (i) to non-U.S. persons outside the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act and (ii) to, or for the account or benefit of, persons that are qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) under the Securities Act.

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This announcement does not constitute an investment recommendation. The price and value of securities and any income from them can go down as well as up and you could lose your entire investment. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. Information in this announcement cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance.

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 statements other than statements of historical facts. The words "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "forecast," "project," "plan," "potential," "may," "should," "expect," "pending" and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements.

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 the Company believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies that are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, the Company cannot guarantee 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 the strength of the world economy and currencies, changes in charter hire rates and vessel values, changes in demand for "ton miles" of oil carried by oil tankers, the effect of changes in OPEC's petroleum production levels and worldwide oil consumption and storage, changes in demand that may affect attitudes of time charterers to scheduled and unscheduled dry-docking, changes in TORM's operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, changes in the regulation of shipping operations, including requirements for double hull tankers or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents, political events or acts by terrorists.

In light of these risks and uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements contained in this release because they are statements about events that are not certain to occur as described or at all. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of our future performance, and actual results and future developments may vary materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

Except to the extent required by applicable law or regulation, the Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.