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Reference is made to the subsequent offering by Golden Ocean Group Limited (the “Company”) of up to 34,368,400 new shares in the Company for gross proceeds of up to approximately NOK 171,842,000 (approximately USD 20 million) (the “Subsequent Offering”) at a subscription price of NOK 5 per share.
The subscription period ended on March 11, 2016 at 16:30 (CET).
A preliminary counting indicates that the Company has received subscriptions for approximately 15 million new shares in the Subsequent Offering.
The allocation of the shares in the Subsequent Offering is expected to be resolved by the Company following close of trade on March 14, 2016, in accordance with the allocation criteria set out in the Company’s prospectus dated February 23, 2016. The final result of the Subsequent Offering will be published shortly thereafter, and subscribers who are allocated shares will receive a letter with the number of allocated new shares and the corresponding subscription amount to be paid by each of the subscribers.
March 14, 2016
Golden Ocean Group Limited
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The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions. Although we believe that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections. The information set forth herein speaks only as of the date hereof, and we disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this communication.
In addition to these important factors and matters discussed elsewhere herein, 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 world economies, fluctuations in currencies and interest rates, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter hire rates and vessel values, changes in demand in the dry bulk market, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents, political events or acts by terrorists, and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.