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Frontline and Euronav plot merger in all stock deal

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Euronav and Frontline have signed a term sheet and the two company’s respective boards have approved a potential all stock merger. The combination would be based on an exchange ratio of 1.45 shares in Frontline for every Euronav share. Euronav shareholders would own 59% of the merged entity and Frontline shareholders 41%.

While under the proposal Euronav shareholders would have the larger shareholding the combined group would trade under the Frontline name, but with Euronav chief Hugo deStoop as CEO of the combined group.

Norwegian shipping magnate and Frontline founder, John Fredriksen said: “A combination of Frontline and Euronav would establish a market leader in the tanker market and position the combined group for continued shareholder value creation in addition to significant synergies.

“The new Frontline would be able to offer value enhancing services for our customers and increase fleet utilisation and revenues which would benefit all stakeholders. I am very excited and give my full support and commitment to this combined platform”.

The merged company would have a market cap of $4.2bn based on 6 April market values and a fleet of 69 VLCC and 57 Suezmax vessels, and 20 LR2/Aframax vessels.

De Stoop, CEO of Euronav said: “This transaction would mark an exciting development for the tanker industry, creating a leading tanker company which would be positioned to serve the needs of customers, support partners and drive technology and sustainability initiatives to lead the energy transition

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