Höegh Autoliners listed on Euronext Growth

29 November 2021
Press Release

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Oslo, 29 November 2021: Höegh Autoliners ASA ("Höegh Autoliners" or the "Company") has today been admitted to trading on Euronext Growth in Oslo (ticker: HAUTO). Raising new equity of around NOK 1.2 bn through a private placement, which may increase by NOK 160 million following exercise of the greenshoe option, the Company is now in position to further accelerate its green transition, expand the fleet and strengthen its market leading low-to-zero emission transportation services to its customers.

Höegh Autoliners is one of the leading global providers of deep-sea RoRo transportation services, operating a fleet of around 40 Pure Car and Truck Carriers (“PCTC”) sailing in global trade systems. Offering safe and secure deep-sea transportation of cargo such as cars, high and heavy machinery and breakbulk, its customers include most of the leading global vehicle and equipment manufacturers. 

A total of 57,500,000 new shares have been issued. The offering attracted strong interest from high quality investors and was multiple times oversubscribed. The main owner Leif Höegh & Co Holdings AS holds 48.4% following the listing, assuming that the greenshoe option is not exercised.

“Today, Höegh Autoliners reached a significant milestone in its continued strategic development, thanks to the great efforts by the whole organisation. This opens the next exciting chapter for the Company where we further strengthen our service offering and continue to lead the way towards a net zero emissions future for our industry”, said Leif O. Høegh, Höegh Autoliners Chair. 

“Listing on Euronext Growth represents a strong vote of confidence in the Company’s long-term commitment and robust business model. I would like to thank our people, customers, investors, and partners for contributing to our success. The funds raised will enable us to accelerate our path to zero, expand the fleet and strengthen our market position in delivering low-to-zero emission transportation services to customers”, said Höegh Autoliners Chief Executive Officer, Andreas Enger. 

Höegh Autoliners has a solid history on emission cuts and long-term efforts to combating climate change. The Company has since 2008 achieved an improved carbon intensity of 37% in its fleet. This has put Höegh Autoliners in the forefront in sustainable shipping in the deep-sea RoRo segment and close to meeting the IMO 2030-target of 40% reduction already. 

Earlier in 2021, Höegh Autoliners launched its zero carbon ready Aurora Class design. The 9,100 car equivalent unit vessel will be the world’s largest and most environmentally friendly car carrier. The Company has entered into a Letter of Intent (LoI) with China Merchants Heavy Industry to build a series of these vessels. The Aurora class has DNV’s new “ammonia ready” notation, which makes it the first in the segment to be ready for operation on carbon neutral ammonia. The vessel is designed with future cargo in mind. Its strengthened decks and enhanced internal ramp systems enable Electric Vehicles on all decks and provides more flexibility for heavier project cargo. 

Following the successful private placement and listing, Höegh Autoliners has secured equity financing for the first four Aurora Class vessels. Under the terms of the LoI, the vessels will be delivered the second half of 2024 and first half of 2025, putting the Company in the forefront of sustainable transportation and enhanced cargo capability. 
 
“We are accelerating our decarbonisation efforts to meet our net zero emissions target by 2040. Together with our customers and trusted partners, we will make a significant contribution to a more sustainable maritime industry,” concludes Andreas Enger. 

For further information, please contact:

Safia Reddy, Head of Communications 
safia.reddy@hoegh.com  
+47 400 39 857
 

Important Notice: 

These materials do not constitute or form a part of any offer of securities for sale or a solicitation of an offer to purchase securities of Höegh Autoliners ASA in the United States or any other jurisdiction. The securities of the Company may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"). The securities of the Company have not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act. Any sale in the United States of the securities mentioned in this communication will be made solely to "qualified institutional buyers" as defined in Rule 144A under the U.S. Securities Act. No public offering of the securities will be made in the United States.

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