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Lloyd's List's latest report on shipping finance finds Chinese lessors in a dilemma and banks’ lending decisions already being swayed by green tendencies as the race to zero gathers pace, while private equity continues to reduce sector exposure in a second 'prexit' wave.

Chinese ship lessors look beyond mainstay as geopolitics and market slowdown bite

The emergence of Chinese lessors coincided with the retreat of Western shipping banks after the 2008 financial crisis. Today, charting a new course may be more vital than ever, given the mounting market and geopolitical headwinds

Finance Special Report Asia Pacific

Rise of the share buyback

While shipping companies traditionally reinvested profits in expanding and modernising their fleets, listed owners have increasingly been allocating their capital towards debt repayment and share repurchases in recent years amid strong cashflows, regulatory uncertainty and a lack of yard slots

Finance Brokers Containers

Does net zero leave shipping facing a capital-constrained future?

Banks are aligning their lending capacity to the newly increased net zero trajectory for shipping. The natural conclusion of this process will be a reduction in shipping finance from banks. Capital will increasingly only flow in the direction of those companies with the ‘right’ decarbonisation strategies

Finance Environment Sustainability

Ship finance outlook increasingly split between segments, Lunde warns

Market has changed in past 12 months, with some borrowers looking to buy companies rather than vessels

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Shipping sees second ‘prexit’ wave amid windfall pandemic shipping profits

Private equity providers of debt in the maritime space are sandwiched between banks lending to shipowners with modern assets and unsecured cashflows; and alternative lenders focused on older tonnage and aggressive leverage to get deals done

Finance International Dry Bulk

Owners want to lock into fixed interest rates, Oceanis insists

‘As a shipowner, is it really your business to speculate on rates, or is your business to run vessels and hedge that risk and to keep it flat, or eliminate that risk so you don’t have to think about it?’ asks Hauge

International Finance