COPENHAGEN, Denmark, June 1, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TORM has entered into a sale and leaseback agreement for the product tanker TORM Margrethe. The vessel has been sold for a total consideration of USD 46 million. The transaction will be treated as a sale with an accounting profit of USD 8 million.
The sale will be effected in the second quarter of 2011 where the effect of the transaction will be recognised in the financial statements. At the same time, the vessel will be leased back on a bareboat charter for 7 years.
The transaction does not change the Company's forecast for 2011 of a loss before tax of USD 100-125 million.
Following the sale and leaseback agreement, TORM's own fleet consists of 70.5 product tankers and two dry bulk vessels. In addition, TORM has four product tankers and two dry bulk vessels on order.
TORM is one of the world's leading carriers of refined oil products as well as a significant player in the dry bulk market. The Company runs a fleet of approximately 140 modern vessels in cooperation with other respected shipping companies sharing TORM's commitment to safety, environmental responsibility and customer service.
TORM was founded in 1889. The Company conducts business worldwide and is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. TORM's shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen (Copenhagen:TORM) and on NASDAQ in New York (Nasdaq:TRMD). For further information, please visit www.torm.com.
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