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Maroussi, Greece – December 21, 2021 – Pyxis Tankers Inc. (NASDAQ Cap Mkts: PXS) (the “Company” or “Pyxis Tankers”), an international pure play product tanker company, announced today that pursuant to a previously announced transaction, on December 20, 2021, the Company took delivery of the Pyxis Lamda, a 50,296 dwt medium range product tanker built in 2017 at SPP Shipbuilding in South Korea. The Pyxis Lamda was acquired from an entity related to the family of our Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, for a purchase price of $32 million (the “Lamda Acquisition”). After her first special survey, the Pyxis Lamda will seek commercial employment in early January, 2022.
On December 20th, the Company also entered into a new $29 million senior loan facility, under which borrowings of (i) $21.68 million were used to finance a portion of the purchase price of Lamda Acquisiton and (ii) $7.32 million were used to refinance the Company’s existing indebtedness secured by the Pyxis Malou.
For additional details about the Lamda Acquisition or the Company’s new $29 million senior bank facility, please see the Company’s press release dated November 15, 2021, entitled “Pyxis Tankers Announces Financial Results for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021 & the Acquisition of 2017 Built MR Product Tanker” that was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 6-K on November 18, 2021.
Valentios Valentis, our Chairman & CEO commented:
“We are pleased to announce the successful delivery of the Pyxis Lamda, which increases our fleet to a total of seven vessels including five modern eco- MR2’s. The addition of this young vessel to our fleet positions the Company to take advantage of an anticipated improving chartering environment within the product tanker sector. Our existing lender, Alpha Bank, has shown a further vote of confidence in Pyxis Tankers by providing an attractive loan at competitive terms including a lower interest rate margin with a reasonable amortization profile over the next five years.”
About Pyxis Tankers Inc.
The Company owns a modern fleet of seven tankers engaged in seaborne transportation of refined petroleum products and other bulk liquids. The Company is focused on growing its fleet of medium range product tankers, which provide operational flexibility and enhanced earnings potential due to their "eco" features and modifications. The Company is positioned to opportunistically expand and maximize its fleet due to competitive cost structure, strong customer relationships and an experienced management team whose interests are aligned with those of its shareholders. For more information, visit: http://www.pyxistankers.com. The information discussed, contained in, or that can be accessed through, Pyxis Tankers Inc.’s website, is not incorporated into, and does not constitute part of this report.
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Pyxis Tankers Inc.
59 K. Karamanli Street
Maroussi, 15125 Greece
Visit our website at www.pyxistankers.com
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: +30 (210) 638 0200 / +1 (516) 455-0106
Source: Pyxis Tankers Inc.