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In September 2018, Fleetscape completed its first lending investment by providing a $20 million HoldCo loan to a newly created ship owning platform, which was set up by an established German shipping company. The five-year bullet loan, which includes a partial PIK interest option for the borrower, complements sponsor equity and vessel specific senior loans to fund the acquisition of three vessels through a restructuring transaction with a German bank.

The platform’s initial fleet comprises five handysize container vessels with an average age of six years. The vessels are operated in the timecharter market and are technically managed by the borrower.

Fleetscape Capital Holdings Limited (“Fleetscape”) announced today that it has completed a final closing of its first investment capital raise. Fleetscape is an alternative capital provider to the maritime industry with total investor commitments of USD 400 million. The capital was raised from funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management L.P. (“Oaktree”). The strong investor appetite shown in Fleetscape reflects the realisation that access to capital in the maritime space has materially changed over the past several years. There has been a fundamental shift in the way that this capital-intensive industry funds itself, with alternative structured capital providers becoming an integral and substantial part of funding commitments.

Fleetscape has a dedicated team with significant track record in the maritime space, composed of C. Tobias Backer, who has over 20 years of experience in ship finance at leading banks and investment funds, and investment professionals at Oaktree. Combined the team has led over $1 billion of investments in the maritime space since 2009.

“We are pleased to have received strong investor support for our cash flow and credit focused asset backed investment strategy, ensuring our primacy of risk control. We are well positioned to become the preferred source for solution-oriented alternative capital provision to shipping and offshore services companies world-wide” said C. Tobias Backer of Fleetscape.

“We believe that a favourable investment climate exists for our alternative credit strategy, as the maritime sector continues to suffer from the retrenchment of its traditional capital sources. By combining Oaktree’s deep history of investing in the maritime space and our experience in structuring tailor-made transactions, we believe that Fleetscape will be a leading creative, flexible and innovative investment partner for the shipping and offshore industries for the long-term.” said Guillaume Bayol, Senior Vice President at Oaktree.

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