S-1 1 t1400069-s1.htm FORM S-1
As filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on February 4, 2014
Registration No. 333-      
 
 
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM S-1
REGISTRATION STATEMENT
UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
 
Diamond S Shipping Group, Inc.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
 
 
 
The Republic of the Marshall Islands
 
 
4412
 
 
Not Applicable
 
 
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
 
(Primary Standard Industrial
Classification Code Number)
 
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
 
 
 
   
c/o Diamond S Management LLC
33 Benedict Place
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 413-2000
 
 
Florence Ioannou
c/o Diamond S Management LLC
33 Benedict Place
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 413-2000
 
 
(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of registrant’s principal executive offices)
 
 
(Name, address, including zip code, and telephone
number, including area code, of agent for service)
 
 
Copies to:
 
 
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Jones Day
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Shearman & Sterling LLP
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New York, NY 10022
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CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE
 
 
 
 
Title of Each Class of Securities to be Registered
 
 
 
Proposed Maximum
Aggregate Offering
Price(2)(3)
 
 
 
Amount of
Registration Fee
 
 
Common Shares, no par value(1)
 
 
$
100,000,000
 
 
$
12,880
 
 
 
(1)
  • In accordance with Rule 457(o) of the Securities Act of 1933, the number of common shares being registered and the proposed maximum offering price per share are not included in this table.
(2)
  • Estimated solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee pursuant to Rule 457 under the Securities Act of 1933.
(3)
  • Includes common shares that may be sold pursuant to the underwriters’ option to purchase additional shares.
The Registrant hereby amends this Registration Statement on such date or dates as may be necessary to delay its effective date until the Registrant shall file a further amendment which specifically states that this Registration Statement shall thereafter become effective in accordance with Section 8(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 or until the Registration Statement shall become effective on such date as the Commission, acting pursuant to said Section 8(a), may determine.
 
 

The information in this prospectus is not complete and may be changed. We may not sell these securities until the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is effective. This prospectus is not an offer to sell these securities and it is not soliciting an offer to buy these securities in any state where the offer or sale is not permitted.
Subject to Completion dated February 4, 2014
PRELIMINARY PROSPECTUS
           Shares
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DIAMOND S SHIPPING GROUP, INC.
Common Shares
We are offering           shares of our common stock. This is our initial public offering and no public market currently exists for our common shares. We expect the initial public offering price to be between $       and $       per common share. We have applied to list our common shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “DSG”.
Investing in our common shares involves a high degree of risk. Please read “Risk Factors” beginning on page 14 of this prospectus.
Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities or determined if this prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.
We are an “emerging growth company” under the federal securities laws and will be subject to reduced public company reporting requirements.
 
 
 
 
 
Per
Common Share
 
 
 
Total
 
 
Public offering price
 
 
$
            
 
 
$
            
 
 
Underwriting discount
 
 
$
 
 
$
 
 
Proceeds to the Company before expenses
 
 
$
 
 
$
 
 
 
Delivery of the common shares is expected to be made on or about            , 2014. We have granted the underwriters an option for a period of 30 days to purchase an additional           common shares. If the underwriters exercise the option in full, the total underwriting discounts and commissions payable by us will be $          , and the total proceeds to us, before expenses, will be $          .
 
 
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Prospectus dated           , 2014.

You should rely only on information contained in this prospectus. Neither we nor the underwriters have authorized anyone to give any information or to make any representations other than those contained in this prospectus. Do not rely upon any information or representations made outside of this prospectus. This prospectus is not an offer to sell, and it is not soliciting an offer to buy, any securities other than our common shares or our common shares in any circumstances in which such an offer or solicitation is unlawful. The information contained in this prospectus may change after the date of this prospectus. Do not assume after the date of this prospectus that the information contained in this prospectus is still correct.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
Through and including             , 2014 (the 25th day after the date of this prospectus), federal securities law may require all dealers that effect transactions in these securities, whether or not participating in this offering, to deliver a prospectus. This requirement is in addition to the dealers’ obligation to deliver a prospectus when acting as underwriters and with respect to their unsold allotments or subscriptions.

INDUSTRY DATA
The discussions contained under the heading “The Product Tanker Industry” have been reviewed by Fearnley Consultants AS, or Fearnleys, which firm has confirmed to us that they accurately describe in all material respects the international tanker market as of the date of this prospectus.
The statistical and graphical information we use in this prospectus has been compiled by Fearnleys from its database and other sources, including independent industry publications, government publications and other published independent sources. Fearnleys compiles and publishes data for the benefit of its clients. Its methodologies for collecting data, and therefore the data collected, may differ from those of other sources, and its data do not reflect all or even necessarily a comprehensive set of the actual transactions occurring in the market. We believe that the information provided by Fearnleys is accurate in all material respects. In connection therewith, Fearnleys has advised that certain information in Fearnleys database is derived from estimates or subjective judgments; the information in the databases of other shipping data collection agencies may differ from the information in Fearnleys database; and while Fearnleys has taken reasonable care in the compilation of the statistical and graphical information and believes it to be accurate and correct, data compilation is subject to limited audit and validation procedures. Although data are taken from the most recently available published sources, these sources do revise figures and forecasts from time to time.


PROSPECTUS SUMMARY
This section summarizes information that appears later in this prospectus. You should review carefully the risk factors and other more detailed information, as well as financial statements, included in this prospectus before making an investment decision. Diamond S Shipping Group, Inc. is a new holding company formed for our initial public offering that owns Diamond S Shipping III LLC and its subsidiaries and Diamond S Management LLC. Upon an internal reorganization prior to this offering, which we refer to as the “IPO Reorganization,our ultimate parent, DSS Holdings L.P., which we refer to as “DSS Holdings,” will distribute our shares directly to its investors. As used in this prospectus, references to “DS Shipping I” refer to Diamond S Shipping I LLC, the immediate parent of Diamond S Shipping III LLC and a wholly-owned subsidiary of DSS Holdings prior to the IPO Reorganization. After the IPO Reorganization, DSS Holdings and its subsidiaries will be eliminated from our corporate structure. Additionally, as used in this prospectus, unless the context otherwise indicates, the references to “Diamond S Shipping,” “the Company,” “we,” “our,” and “us” refer collectively to Diamond S Shipping Group, Inc., Diamond S Shipping III LLC, Diamond S Shipping III LLC’s consolidated subsidiaries and Diamond S Management LLC. References to our “Manager” refer to Diamond S Management LLC. Diamond S Shipping III LLC and Diamond S Management LLC will no longer be subsidiaries of DSS Holdings following the IPO Reorganization. See the “Glossary of Shipping Terms” included in this prospectus for definitions of certain terms that are commonly used in the shipping industry.
Our Company
We provide seaborne transportation of refined petroleum and other products in the international shipping markets. We are one of the largest owners and operators of medium range, or MR, product tankers in the world, according to Fearnley Consultants AS, or Fearnleys. We employ a chartering strategy for the majority of our fleet which positions us to benefit from a freight rate recovery while maintaining an attractive base level of cash flow regardless of market conditions due to the fixed monthly revenue we receive from our time charter agreements.
Our current fleet currently consists of 33 MR product tankers built at leading Korean and Japanese shipyards. All of our product tankers in our current fleet are on the water today, trading in the market and earning revenue. Thirty of our MR product tankers are under time charters with the remaining three operating in the spot market. Our time charters have attractive fixed base rates for the life of the charters, and 20 of our time charters provide for profit-sharing. The fixed base rates provide us with stable cash flow and limit our exposure to rate volatility while the profit-sharing provisions allow us to share in the charterer’s voyage profits when spot rates, on a time charter equivalent basis, are higher than the base charter rates and our charterers are able to earn voyage profits in excess of that base charter on an annual basis. We do business with large, well-established charterers such as GlencoreXstrata, Trafigura Beheer BV, or Trafigura, A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, or Maersk, and Tesoro Corporation, or Tesoro, Shell Tankers Singapore Ltd., or Shell, and Stena Weco A/S, or Stena, and their respective affiliates. As of December 31, 2013, the average remaining charter length of our fleet was two years.
We believe that there are significant growth opportunities to pursue in the current market environment, as asset values remain significantly below their historical averages and the product tanker market remains highly fragmented. As part of our growth strategy, we recently acquired three additional tankers from affiliates of CarVal Investors, LLC, or CarVal, an investment arm of Cargill, Incorporated. We plan to further expand our fleet, in part from proceeds of this offering, through the purchase of ten newbuild product tankers from a Korean shipyard that are scheduled to be delivered between September 2014 and January 2016, which we refer to as our expansion fleet. We intend to continue making modifications to our existing fleet that we believe have the potential to make our vessels as fuel efficient as the eco-ships currently being delivered. We believe we can effect these modifications without compromising our fleet’s ability to operate at higher speeds, which is an important factor in generating additional revenue in an improving freight rate environment. As the majority of our fleet is currently employed under time charters, we will consider installing any new technologies when the vessels trade in the spot market, are re-contracted or undergo scheduled drydocking.
Our management team strives to maintain high standards of performance, cost-efficient operations, reliability and safety in all of our operations. Chief Executive Officer Craig Stevenson, Jr. leads our management team and has over 40 years of experience in the shipping industry. Based on his previous experience as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OMI Corporation, or OMI, from 1998 through 2007, Mr. Stevenson and his team have developed strong relationships with charterers, financing sources, shipyards and other shipping industry participants. We intend to


leverage the experience, reputation and relationships of our management team to pursue growth in the product tanker sector. Upon completion of this offering, our shareholders will include affiliates of WL Ross & Co. LLC, or WL Ross, funds affiliated with First Reserve Management, L.P., or First Reserve, and CarVal, an investment arm of Cargill, Incorporated.
For the year ended March 31, 2013 and the nine months ended December 31, 2013, we generated total revenue of $175.9 million and $134.4 million, respectively. Net income for the year ended March 31, 2013 and the nine months ended December 31, 2013 was $11.0 million and $2.3 million, respectively.
Market Opportunity
We believe that the following product tanker industry trends create attractive opportunities for us to successfully grow our fleet, based on information provided by Fearnleys.
Demand for seaborne transportation of refined products is increasing.
  • Growing demand for oil products.   Demand for product tankers is strengthening, given the recovery in global economic activity and industrial production, which continues to rely heavily upon oil and refined petroleum product consumption. Consumption in developing countries has been increasing due to growing demand for power generation, transportation and the development of infrastructure and raw materials.
  • Growing distance between the location of refineries and consumption creates longer transportation distances.   Aggregate seaborne transportation distances are increasing as larger and more efficient refineries are being built in geographic locations that are generally longer distances from the primary areas of refined product consumption. The complexity of the product tanker market with increasingly standardized cargo specifications and global price differentials has led to the development of an active trading market, which further bolsters ton-mile demand.
  • Increasing U.S. refined product exports driven by production of U.S. shale oil deposits.   The significant development of shale oil deposits in North America has resulted in a greater availability of crude feedstock particularly to refineries in the U.S. Gulf Coast, leading to a material increase in U.S. refined product exports.
The growth in the supply of ships that transport refined products has slowed.
  • Decreasing orderbook for MR tankers.   According to Fearnleys, the orderbook for MR product tankers greater than 35,000 dwt as a percentage of the overall fleet has declined from a peak of approximately 50% of the fleet during 2007 and 2008 to approximately 23.2% as of January 1, 2014. The supply growth (net of scrapping) for the entire MR fleet (including handysize) is estimated to be around 4% per annum over the next few years.
The product tanker market presents growth opportunities.
  • Historically low vessel prices.   Prices for second-hand vessels, newbuild and new orders for product tankers remain below historical averages.
  • Market fragmentation.   The product tanker industry is capital intensive and highly fragmented with significant opportunities for consolidation. More than 85% of the over 300 actively trading MR product tanker owners own fewer than 10 vessels.
  • Focus on quality.   Stringent customer standards favor larger, experienced operators with modern fleets and the ability to comply with increasingly rigorous and comprehensive environmental and regulatory requirements.


Our Current Fleet
The following table summarizes key information about our MR product tankers and their associated charters as of December 31, 2013:
 
 
Vessel
 
 
Year
Built
 
 
Shipyard
 
 
 
Capacity
(DWT)
 
 
 
Employment
Time/Spot
 
 
Charter
Firm End(1)
 
 
Profit-
Sharing(2)
 
 
Atlantic Lily
 
 
2008
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
47,128
 
 
 
Time
 
 
August 2015(3)
 
 
 
 
Atlantic Olive
 
 
2008
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
47,128
 
 
 
Time
 
 
August 2015(3)
 
 
 
 
Atlantic Rose
 
 
2008
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
47,128
 
 
 
Time
 
 
December 2015(3)
 
 
 
 
Atlantic Titan
 
 
2008
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
47,128
 
 
 
Time
 
 
December 2015(3)
 
 
 
 
High Jupiter
 
 
2008
 
 
STX
 
 
 
51,603
 
 
 
Time
 
 
October 2015(3)
 
 
 
 
High Mars
 
 
2008
 
 
STX
 
 
 
51,542
 
 
 
Time
 
 
April 2015(3)
 
 
 
 
High Mercury
 
 
2008
 
 
STX
 
 
 
51,501
 
 
 
Time
 
 
July 2015(3)
 
 
 
 
High Saturn
 
 
2008
 
 
STX
 
 
 
51,527
 
 
 
Time
 
 
April 2015(3)
 
 
 
 
Alpine Madeleine
 
 
2008
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
47,128
 
 
 
Time
 
 
July 2015(3)
 
 
 
 
Alpine Magic
 
 
2009
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
47,128
 
 
 
Time
 
 
September 2016
 
 
 
 
Alpine Mathilde
 
 
2008
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
47,128
 
 
 
Time
 
 
April 2015(3)
 
 
 
 
Alpine Maya
 
 
2010
 
 
STX
 
 
 
51,500
 
 
 
Time
 
 
March 2017
 
 
 
 
Alpine Melina
 
 
2010
 
 
STX
 
 
 
51,483
 
 
 
Time
 
 
March 2017
 
 
 
 
Alpine Mia
 
 
2008
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
47,128
 
 
 
Time
 
 
December 2015
 
 
 
 
Alpine Minute
 
 
2009
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
47,128
 
 
 
Time
 
 
March 2016
 
 
 
 
Alpine Moment
 
 
2009
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
47,128
 
 
 
Time
 
 
January 2016
 
 
 
 
Alpine Mystery
 
 
2009
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
47,128
 
 
 
Time
 
 
September 2016
 
 
 
 
Atlantic Mirage
 
 
2009
 
 
STX
 
 
 
51,476
 
 
 
Time
 
 
July 2019
 
 
 
 
Atlantic Muse
 
 
2009
 
 
STX
 
 
 
51,498
 
 
 
Time
 
 
February 2019
 
 
 
 
Pacific Jewel
 
 
2009
 
 
Iwagi Zosen
 
 
 
48,012
 
 
 
Time
 
 
July 2019
 
 
 
 
Atlantic Star
 
 
2008
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
47,128
 
 
 
Time
 
 
March 2015(3)
 
 
 
 
Atlantic Aquarius
 
 
2008
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
47,128
 
 
 
Time
 
 
July 2014
 
 
 
 
Atlantic Grace
 
 
2008
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
47,128
 
 
 
Time
 
 
March 2015
 
 
 
 
Adriatic Wave
 
 
2009
 
 
STX
 
 
 
51,549
 
 
 
Time
 
 
May 2015
 
 
 
 
Aegean Wave
 
 
2009
 
 
STX
 
 
 
51,510
 
 
 
Time
 
 
May 2015
 
 
 
 
Atlantic Gemini
 
 
2008
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
47,128
 
 
 
Time
 
 
May 2015
 
 
 
 
Atlantic Pisces
 
 
2009
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
47,128
 
 
 
Time
 
 
May 2015
 
 
 
 
Atlantic Breeze
 
 
2007
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
47,128
 
 
 
Time
 
 
March 2014
 
 
 
 
Citron
 
 
2007
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
46,968
 
 
 
Time
 
 
June 2014(3)
 
 
 
 
Citrus
 
 
2008
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
46,934
 
 
 
Time
 
 
August 2014(3)
 
 
 
 
Atlantic Frontier
 
 
2007
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
47,128
 
 
 
Spot
 
 
 
 
 
 
Atlantic Leo
 
 
2008
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
47,128
 
 
 
Spot
 
 
 
 
 
 
Atlantic Polaris
 
 
2009
 
 
Hyundai Mipo
 
 
 
47,128
 
 
 
Spot
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total: 33 Vessels
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1,599,663
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1)
  • If our charterers exercise all of their extension options, the average remaining time charter length as of December 31, 2013 would be 3.2 years, during which period of time the average charter rate would be $16,231 per day.
(2)
  • Profit-sharing refers to a contractual arrangement contained in some of our charters to receive a pre-determined percentage of the charterer’s voyage profits in excess of the contractual base charter rate when the charterer’s voyage profits exceed the amount the charterer pays to us as the contractual base charter rate. This is calculated on an annual basis. The percentage we are entitled to receive under these profit-sharing provisions varies from charter to charter, from 40% to 50%. While there is no assurance that any charterer will realize charter rates that will produce sufficient profits during an annual period to trigger a profit-sharing provision, if any such charterer does so, we are entitled to receive the applicable percentage of its voyage profits beyond the base charter rate.
   
  • Charterers can earn voyage profits in excess of the base charter rate when spot rates, on a time charter equivalent basis, exceed the base charter rate and the charterer’s expenses. However, no charterer is under any contractual obligation to maximize its revenue or the spot rates it receives.
(3)
  • The time charter contract includes an extension option that may be exercised by the charterer.


The following table summarizes the percentage of contracted revenue days to total revenue days for our fleet in each of the fiscal years ending March 31, 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively, with the related average contracted charter rate in each of the respective periods:
Average Contracted Daily Time Charter Rates
 
 
Fiscal Year Ending
 
 
 
% of Available Days Contracted
 
 
 
Average Contracted Base Rate Per Day(1)
 
 
March 31, 2014
 
 
 
86
%
 
 
$
16,101
 
 
March 31, 2015
 
 
 
78
%
 
 
$
16,148
 
 
March 31, 2016
 
 
 
40
%
 
 
$
16,896
 
 
(1)
  • Does not include potential incremental revenue from profit-sharing or the exercise of any extension options.
Please see “Business—Our Fleet” and “Business—Our Customers” for additional information about the vessels in our fleet and our chartering arrangements.
Our Competitive Strengths
We believe that we possess a number of competitive strengths in our industry, including:
Significant operating experience and established track record.   Our Chief Executive Officer, Craig Stevenson, Jr., has over 40 years of experience in the shipping industry and previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of OMI, a NYSE-listed tanker company, from 1998 through 2007. Mr. Stevenson was also previously the non-executive Chairman and subsequently a board member of Ship Finance International, a NYSE-listed diversified shipping company, until September 2009. Our Chief Operating Officer, Sanjay Sukhrani, has over 30 years of experience in the industry. He was previously the Vice President/General Manager of Gemini Tankers LLC, or Gemini Tankers, part of Teekay Corporation, or Teekay, was the Vice President of Operations at OMI and sailed for 17 years, including 5 years as a Master. Our Chief Financial Officer, Florence Ioannou, has over 24 years of experience working for a number of shipping companies, and was part of OMI’s financial management team for 18 years. Our Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations, Michael Fogarty, has over 23 years of experience in the shipping industry, and was previously responsible for chartering large fleets of both product and crude tankers at Gemini Tankers as well as at OMI.
Attractive fleet employment.   We believe our current fleet is well positioned to capitalize on improving rates during a product tanker market recovery while also preserving a stable base of cash flow in any market conditions. Thirty of our MR product tankers are under time charters with three operating in the spot market. Our time charters have attractive fixed base rates for the life of the charters, and 20 of our time charters provide for profit-sharing. The fixed base rates provide us with stable cash flow and limit our exposure to rate volatility while the profit-sharing provisions allow us to share in the charterer’s voyage profits when spot rates, on a time charter equivalent basis, are higher than the base charter rates and our charterers are able to earn voyage profits in excess of that base charter on an annual basis. We expect to generate future minimum revenue from our existing contracted time charters of approximately $458 million in aggregate through the life of the time charter agreements: $154 million, $150 million and $81 million in each of the fiscal years ending March 31, 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively, and $73 million in the fiscal years thereafter. These amounts exclude options on certain time charters that charterers have to extend the term of the charter arrangement and any incremental revenue from profit-sharing. We expect to employ the additional tankers we acquire in similar ways to benefit from improving rate environments while maintaining a base of stable cash flows.
Large, modern, high-quality fleet.   Based on information provided by Fearnleys, we believe we are one of the largest owners and operators of MR product tankers in the world. Our current fleet consists of modern, homogeneous product tankers built at leading shipyards in Korea and Japan. The average age of our current fleet was 4.6 years as of December 31, 2013, compared to the industry average of 9.0 years for MR tankers greater than 35,000 dwt, according to Fearnleys. In addition, we plan to further expand our fleet through the purchase of ten newbuild product tankers from a Korean shipyard that are scheduled to be delivered between September 2014 and January 2016. We believe that our vessels provide our customers with high-quality and reliable transportation at competitive operating costs. Owning a modern fleet reduces off-hire time and maintenance, operating and drydocking costs and helps to improve safety and environmental performance.


Established relationships with leading charterers.   We have developed long-standing relationships with a number of leading tanker charterers, including international oil companies, oil traders, refiners and large vessel operators, which we believe will benefit us in the future as we continue to grow our business. We strive to maintain high standards of performance, cost-efficient operations, reliability and safety in all of our operations and to develop and maintain long-term relationships with our customers. We have signed charter party agreements with large global commodity trading companies such as GlencoreXstrata and Trafigura, one of the largest oil and gas shipping companies in the world, Maersk, an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products, Tesoro, and Shell, a large oil major. We believe that our fleet is modern and of a high quality and that these characteristics, along with our management team’s experience in the industry, will allow us to continue to charter our vessels to leading counterparties.
Focus on service, health, safety and environmental excellence.   Our focus on performance management has allowed us to achieve a high fleet availability of 99.7% over our entire fleet since we acquired our vessels through December 31, 2013, excluding time out of service for mandatory special surveys. We believe we have an excellent vessel safety record and are committed to providing our customers with a high level of customer service and support.
Competitive cost structure.   We believe that as a result of the profile of our fleet, our large and experienced technical managers, and the hands-on approach of our management team, we have one of the lowest operating costs per vessel in the industry. Our fleet is currently managed by six leading third-party technical managers under the close supervision of our team. Our technical managers collectively manage in excess of 490 tankers, including our vessels. Our collaborative approach, which aggregates the experience and scale of our combined operations, creates a platform that delivers operational excellence at a very competitive cost.
Our Business Strategy
Acquisitions that maximize shareholders returns.   We believe that there are significant growth opportunities to pursue in the current environment, as asset values remain significantly below historical averages and the product tanker market remains highly fragmented. As part of our growth strategy, we recently acquired three additional tankers from CarVal. We plan to further expand our fleet through the purchase of ten newbuild product tankers from a Korean shipyard that are scheduled to be delivered between September 2014 and January 2016.
Optimize the operating efficiency of our current fleet.   Our goal is to optimize the operating efficiency of our fleet throughout the business cycle. As our ships complete their time charter contracts or undergo scheduled drydocking, or as we acquire new ships, we will consider making modifications to upgrade our fleet with the most recent fuel saving measures. We will consider proven, cost-effective technologies that would improve our return on investment and maintain our fleet’s operational flexibility. We believe that with these modifications we can potentially make our fleet as fuel efficient as the eco-ships currently being delivered without compromising our fleet’s ability to operate at higher speeds, which is an important factor in generating additional revenue in an improving freight market.
We believe that fuel efficiency and emissions reductions are core values that the market and our customers require, and we are committed to these objectives. We have evaluated and installed a variety of technologies and equipment on our existing fleet and will continue to evaluate other modifications and technology enhancements, including:
  • fitting devices that reduce main engine fuel consumption without reducing available power and speed;
  • fitting devices that improve fuel combustion and therefore fuel consumption for auxiliary equipment;
  • efficient electrical power generation and usage;
  • minimizing hull and propeller frictional losses;
  • systems that allow for optimized routing; and
  • systems that allow for improved maintenance, performance monitoring and management.
As part of our strategy, we will also continue to implement a competitive cost structure, engage consistently with our customers and shipyards to identify and select ships at attractive prices and operate a fleet management system that monitors and efficiently improves operational performance while keeping costs competitive.
Actively manage our exposure to the time and spot charter markets.   Consistent with the track record of our management team, we will continue to pursue a strategy of mixing short- and long-term employment for our vessels to capture upside opportunities in the spot market while limiting our downside risk with fixed-rate time charters. We will seek to employ a greater portion of our vessels in the spot market based on market conditions upon the expiration of their existing charters. We will continue to charter a portion of our vessels under fixed-rate period charters with creditworthy and respected counterparties. We believe this strategy will allow us to capture increased profits, while benefiting from the stable cash flows and high utilization rates associated with long-term time charters.


Our Manager
Our Manager provides us with commercial, technical and administrative services. Commercial services primarily involve business development, vessel chartering and service delivery. Technical services primarily include vessel operation, maintenance and crewing. Administrative services primarily include office, accounting, legal and insurance services. Prior to the IPO Reorganization, our Manager was a subsidiary of DSS Holdings and managed our vessels and vessels that DSS Holdings owns through other subsidiaries. Following the IPO Reorganization, our Manager will internally manage our vessels and will receive revenue for managing other vessels beneficially owned by DSS Holdings. From time to time, we, through our Manager, will employ agents to provide ship management services. We currently employ six large and experienced unrelated third-party technical managers, which primarily provide vessel operation, maintenance and crewing services. We pay our technical managers directly for their services. We closely supervise all third-party agents.
Our Shareholders
Our largest shareholders include WL Ross, First Reserve and CarVal. Upon completion of this offering, WL Ross will own approximately     %, First Reserve will own approximately     % and CarVal will own approximately     % of us. Please see “Principal Shareholders” for a more detailed description of our share ownership following this offering.


Condensed Corporate Structure
Diamond S Shipping Group, Inc., a corporation formed on July 31, 2013 under the laws of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, owns Diamond S Shipping III LLC and its subsidiaries as well as Diamond S Management LLC, our Manager. Immediately prior to the completion of this offering, we will complete the IPO Reorganization and DSS Holdings will distribute all of the outstanding common shares of Diamond S Shipping Group, Inc. to its existing shareholders. DSS Holdings and its subsidiaries will be eliminated from our corporate structure. The following chart reflects our condensed corporate structure after this offering.
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We currently maintain our principal executive offices at c/o Diamond S Management LLC, 33 Benedict Place, Greenwich, CT 06830. Our telephone at this address is (203) 413-2000.
Our Dividend Policy
We do not anticipate declaring or paying any cash dividends to holders of our common shares in the near term. We currently intend to retain future earnings, if any, for use in the operation and expansion of our business. We may, however, adopt in the future a policy to pay cash dividends. Please see “Our Dividend Policy” later in this document for additional information regarding our dividend policy.


Risk Factors
We face a number of risks associated with our business and industry and must overcome a variety of challenges to utilize our strengths and implement our business strategy. These risks include the following, among others:
  • the cyclicality of the tanker industry;
  • charter values, counterparty risks and customer relations;
  • changing political and governmental conditions affecting our industry and business;
  • changes in economic and competitive conditions affecting our business, including market fluctuations in charter rates, charterers’ abilities to perform under existing time charters and exchange rate fluctuations;
  • applicable laws, regulations and taxes as well as changes in such laws and governmental regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities;
  • risks related to our recently formed company, its subsidiaries and our management;
  • our fleet’s limited performance record, operating history and financial information;
  • our liquidity, level of indebtedness, operating expenses, capital expenditures and financing;
  • potential liability from future litigation and potential costs due to environmental damage and vessel incidents;
  • partial dependence on spot charters;
  • the length and number of off-hire periods and dependence on third-party technical managers;
  • the impact of electing to take advantage of certain exemptions applicable to emerging growth companies; and
  • risks related to war, terrorism and piracy.
This is not a comprehensive list of risks to which we are subject, and you should carefully consider all the information in this prospectus prior to investing in our common shares. In particular, we urge you to carefully consider the risk factors set forth in the section of this prospectus entitled “Risk Factors” beginning on page 14.
Implications of Being an Emerging Growth Company
As a company with less than $1.0 billion in revenue during our last fiscal year, we qualify as an “emerging growth company” as defined in the Jumpstart our Business Startups Act of 2012, or the JOBS Act. An emerging growth company may take advantage of specified reduced reporting requirements and is relieved of certain other significant requirements that are otherwise generally applicable to public companies. As an emerging growth company,
  • we may present only two years of audited financial statements and only two years of related Management’s Discussion & Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, or MD&A;
  • we are exempt from the requirement to obtain an attestation and report from our auditors on the assessment of our internal control over financial reporting pursuant to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002;
  • we are permitted to provide less extensive disclosure about our executive compensation arrangements; and
  • we are not required to give our shareholders non-binding votes on executive compensation or golden parachute arrangements.
We may take advantage of these provisions for up to five years or such earlier time that we are no longer an emerging growth company. We would cease to be an emerging growth company if we have more than $1.0 billion in annual revenues, have more than $700.0 million in market value of our common shares held by non-affiliates, or issue more than $1.0 billion of non-convertible debt over a three-year period. We may choose to take advantage of some but not all of these reduced burdens.
Additionally, the JOBS Act provides that an emerging growth company can take advantage of an extended transition period for complying with new or revised accounting standards. We have irrevocably elected not to avail ourselves of this exemption and, therefore, we will be subject to the same new or revised accounting standards as other public companies that are not emerging growth companies.


Recent Developments—The CarVal Transaction
On December 12, 2013, we acquired three vessel-owning companies from CarVal, each of which holds one modern MR product tanker. Upon closing of the transaction, we issued an 18.33% equity interest to CarVal in exchange for the three vessel-owning companies based on an aggregate valuation of $83.7 million. The $83.7 million valuation represented the aggregate charter-free appraised value of the vessels of $81.4 million, which was agreed in October 2013, plus $2.3 million of cash and working capital held by the vessel-owning companies at closing. We estimate that the average basic charter-free market value exceeded the average carrying value of these vessels by $0.8 million, or $2.4 million in the aggregate, as of December 31, 2013. The three vessels are currently employed under time charter agreements through March 2014, June 2014 and August 2014, respectively, assuming the charterers do not exercise options they have to extend the time charter agreements for two of the vessels.


The Offering
Common shares presently outstanding(1)
         common shares
Common shares to be offered
         common shares
Option to purchase additional shares
We have granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase, from time to time, up to an additional           common shares.
Common shares to be outstanding immediately after this offering
   
—assuming no exercise of option to purchase additional shares
         common shares
—assuming full exercise of option to purchase additional shares
         common shares
Use of proceeds
We estimate that the net proceeds to us from the issuance of new common shares in this offering will be approximately $          million after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated expenses payable by us, or approximately $          million if the underwriters exercise in full their right to purchase additional shares, based on an assumed offering price of $          per share, which represents the midpoint of the price range set forth on the cover of this prospectus.
We intend to use the net proceeds from this offering to fund approximately $    million of the purchase price for ten newbuild product tankers being built by a Korean shipyard, with any remaining proceeds being used for other acquisition expenses and general corporate purposes. The acquisition of the contracts for the newbuildings are subject to customary closing conditions. Delivery dates for the vessels range from September 2014 through January 2016. We currently expect to finance the remaining portion under future credit facilities and from our future cash flow from operations. Currently, we do not have any commitments to finance the debt portion of the purchase price. The actual amount of the equity portion and debt portion under our purchase obligations could be impacted by the availability of debt financing on favorable terms.
Listing
We have applied to list our common shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “DSG.”
IPO Reorganization
Prior to the consummation of this offering, we will complete the IPO Reorganization. See “Summary—Condensed Corporate Structure” for a more detailed discussion of the IPO Reorganization.
Directed share program
At our request, the underwriters have reserved for sale at the initial public offering price up to 5% of the common shares for sale in this offering for our employees, directors and other persons associated with us who have expressed an interest in purchasing shares in the offering. The number of common shares available for sale to the general public in the offering will be reduced to the extent these parties purchase such directed shares. Any directed shares not so purchased will be offered by the underwriters to the general public on the same terms as the other shares offered by this prospectus. Shares purchased by the parties will be subject to the 180-day lock-up restriction described in the “Underwriting” section of this prospectus.
 
(1)
  • Gives effect to the IPO Reorganization.


Summary Historical Financial and Other Data
The following table sets forth combined financial data and other operating data of Diamond S Shipping III LLC and Diamond S Management LLC. The combined financial data and other operating data for the nine months ended December 31, 2013 includes results or information on the 30 vessel-owning companies purchased from Cido Tanker Holding Co., or Cido, and the three ships we acquired on December 12, 2013 in the CarVal Transaction. The combined financial data in the table as of and for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2013 and 2012 include the 30 vessel-owning companies purchased from Cido and are derived from our audited combined financial statements, included elsewhere in this prospectus, and have been prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The combined financial statements in the table for the nine months ended December 31, 2012 and for the nine months ended December 31, 2013 are derived from our unaudited combined financial statements, included elsewhere in this prospectus, and have been prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. References to the “Predecessor” refer to the combined accounts of the 30 vessel-owning companies prior to our acquiring them. The combined financial data for the period from April 1, 2011 to the Completion Date, included elsewhere in this prospectus, are derived from the Predecessor’s financial accounting records and have been prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The Cido transaction refers to our acquisition of the 30 vessel-owning companies from Cido, and the Completion Date refers to the dates at which the vessel-owning companies were acquired by us. Twenty-seven of the vessels were delivered on September 27, 2011, and the remaining three were delivered on October 13, 2011. Revenues and expenses for the vessel-owning companies acquired have been reflected in the Predecessor financial statements through September 27, 2011 (for the 27 vessels acquired on that date) and October 13, 2011 (for the three vessels acquired on that date), and subsequent to those dates in vessel-owning companies owned by Diamond S Shipping III LLC. The data set forth below should be read in conjunction with the audited and unaudited combined financial statements, related notes and other financial information included elsewhere in this prospectus.
 
 
 
 
 
Predecessor
 
 
 
Diamond S Shipping III LLC and Diamond S Management LLC
 
 
 
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
 
 
April 1, 2011
to the
Completion
Date
 
 
 
For the
Year Ended
March 31,
2012(1)
 
 
 
For the
Year Ended
March 31,
2013
 
 
 
For the Nine
Months Ended
December 31, 2012
 
 
 
For the Nine
Months Ended
December 31, 2013
 
 
INCOME STATEMENT DATA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Voyage revenue
 
 
$
87,863
 
 
$
85,133
 
 
$
170,706
 
 
$
127,973
 
 
$
132,084
 
 
Service revenue
 
 
 
 
 
 
6,254
 
 
 
5,168
 
 
 
4,301
 
 
 
2,333
 
 
Total revenue
 
 
 
87,863
 
 
 
91,387
 
 
 
175,874
 
 
 
132,274
 
 
 
134,417
 
 
Operating expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Voyage expenses
 
 
 
671
 
 
 
710
 
 
 
7,094
 
 
 
1,997
 
 
 
13,198
 
 
Vessel expenses
 
 
 
30,735
 
 
 
32,074
 
 
 
67,431
 
 
 
49,654
 
 
 
50,374
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
 
 
30,487
 
 
 
22,598
 
 
 
45,241
 
 
 
33,863
 
 
 
35,545
 
 
Management fees
 
 
 
2,063
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Settlement expenses
 
 
 
28,000
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Acquisition costs
 
 
 
 
 
 
18,028
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
General and administrative expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
9,722
 
 
 
11,727
 
 
 
8,333
 
 
 
9,597
 
 
Total operating expenses
 
 
 
91,956
 
 
 
83,132
 
 
 
131,493
 
 
 
93,847
 
 
 
108,714
 
 
Operating (loss)/income
 
 
 
(4,093
)
 
 
 
8,255
 
 
 
44,381
 
 
 
38,427
 
 
 
25,703
 
 
Other (expense) income
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest expense
 
 
 
(12,757
)
 
 
 
(19,374
)
 
 
 
(33,403
)
 
 
 
(25,458
)
 
 
 
(23,465
)
 
 
Exchange loss, net
 
 
 
(11,756
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loss on early extinguishment of debt
 
 
 
(11,042
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other income
 
 
 
12
 
 
 
18
 
 
 
58
 
 
 
44
 
 
 
30
 
 
Total other expenses, net
 
 
 
(35,543
)
 
 
 
(19,356
)
 
 
 
(33,345
)
 
 
 
(25,414
)
 
 
 
(23,435
)
 
 
Net (Loss) Income
 
 
$
(39,636
)
 
 
$
(11,101
)
 
 
$
11,036
 
 
$
13,013
 
 
$
2,268
 
 
Pro Forma Net Earnings (Loss) Per Share(2)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diluted
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pro Forma Weighted Average Shares Outstanding
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diluted
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diamond S Shipping III LLC and Diamond S Management LLC
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As of March 31,
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As of December 31, 2013
 
 
(U.S. dollars in thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
 
2012
 
 
 
2013
 
 
BALANCE SHEET DATA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
 
 
 
 
 
$
49,514
 
 
$
38,772
 
 
 
 
 
 
$
34,596
 
 
Total current assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
59,905
 
 
 
57,303
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
50,268
 
 
Vessels—Net
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1,064,463
 
 
 
1,019,933
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1,068,543
 
 
Total assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1,225,534
 
 
 
1,168,143
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1,212,021
 
 
Current portion of long-term debt
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
59,938
 
 
 
62,173
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
62,918
 
 
Long-term debt
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
644,339
 
 
 
582,166
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
534,978
 
 
Total member’s equity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
497,318
 
 
 
492,595
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
582,366
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Predecessor
 
 
 
Diamond S Shipping III LLC and Diamond S Management LLC
 
 
 
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except per day results)
 
 
 
April 1, 2011
to the
Completion
Date
 
 
 
For the Year Ended March 31,
2012(1)
 
 
 
For the Year
Ended
March 31,
2013
 
 
 
For the Nine
Months Ended
December 31, 2012
 
 
 
For the Nine
Months Ended
December 31, 2013
 
 
OTHER CASH FLOW DATA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net cash (used in) provided by:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating activities
 
 
$
(13,933
)
 
 
$
19,038
 
 
$
66,544
 
 
$
53,910
 
 
$
35,180
 
 
Investing activities
 
 
 
11,558
 
 
 
(1,165,608
)
 
 
 
(1,805
)
 
 
 
(39
)
 
 
 
39
 
 
Financing activities
 
 
 
 
 
 
1,195,719
 
 
 
(75,481
)
 
 
 
(59,497
)
 
 
 
(39,394
)
 
 
Cash paid for drydocking
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1,877
)
 
 
 
(272
)
 
 
 
(10,932
)
 
 
Adjusted EBITDA(3)
 
 
 
54,372
 
 
 
34,711
 
 
 
99,009
 
 
 
78,398
 
 
 
66,770
 
 
OTHER DATA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Average number of owned vessels
 
 
 
30
 
 
 
15.2
 
 
 
30
 
 
 
30
 
 
 
30.2
 
 
Operating days(4)
 
 
 
5,448
 
 
 
5,532
 
 
 
10,950
 
 
 
8,250
 
 
 
8,307
 
 
Average TCE revenue per day(5)
 
 
$
16,095
 
 
$
16,076