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World’s largest ship lessor Seaspan gets fresh funds as new shareholder Fairfax doubles down on investments
With new shareholder Fairfax, Seaspan said it is ready for growth from increasing China trades under belt and road plan, offsetting risks from US China trade war

Georgina Lee
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 May, 2018, 7:19pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 May, 2018, 7:25pm

Seaspan, the world’s largest independent lessor of container ships, said its new shareholder will double down on its investments and inject a combined US$1 billion into the Hong Kong-based company, giving it the financial fire power to modernise, expand and invest in new businesses as global trade slowly claws its way out from a decade-long slump.

Fairfax Financial Holdings, the Canadian investment company, on Thursday announced that it would invest an additional US$500 million of equity in Seaspan through exercising two tranches of warrants. That comes on top of an earlier US$500 million invested through the purchase of Seaspan’s debentures.

The combination of the two exercises means an infusion of fresh capital, as Fairfax’s 50 per cent owner Prem Watsa, who’s often mentioned in the same breath in Toronto as Warren Buffett, replaces the Washington family as owner of Seaspan.

“We see a lot of growth opportunities such as from our biggest customer COSCO, which is at the forefront of carrying out China’s historical mission in making investment” through the maritime routes along the old Silk Road from China to Europe, said Seaspan’s president and chief executive Chen Bing, during an interview in Hong Kong.

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