With access to more traditional finance limited, shipping companies are increasingly considering private equity and debt markets as a way to help them make key capital investments, whether meeting new emissions legislation or ballast water management controls or expanding their fleet to meet new opportunities. Likewise, many investment banks and bond traders are becoming alert to the significant opportunities in the sector.

The course aims to raise awareness of the substantial benefits and risks of equity and debt finance, to shipping companies looking for capital and to investors looking at shipping as a market with increasing accessibility and potentially strong returns on investment.

Led by Professor Nikos Nomikos of the Centre for Shipping, Trade & Finance at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass Business School), Ship Finance provides an analysis of the IPO and debt issuance process, the advantages and disadvantages of using the capital markets, underwriters and their role, credit rating agencies, and institutional investors.

Using a variety of real-life examples, course participants will learn how an IPO is made, what to look for when choosing an underwriter, how to identify an under-priced IPO before it is made public using only publicly available information, how to issue a high-yield bond and how to calculate the probability a high-yield bond will default.

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Course leaders

Professor Nikos Nomikos       

Centre for Shipping, Trade & Finance

Bayes Business School (former Cass Business School)

Dr Nikos Papapostolou

  Bayes Business School (former Cass Business School)

Ship Finance  is led by Professor Nikos Nomikos of Bayes Business School (former Cass Business School), director of the highly-respected Shipping, Trade and Finance MSc course and author of the leading reference book on shipping risk management – Shipping Derivatives and Risk Management.

Professor Nomikos holds a number of faculty positions at other universities, including Copenhagen Business School and the University of Geneva.

Dr Nikos Papapostolou has been with the Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance since 2002. He is a Senior Lecturer in Shipping Finance, acts as the Associate Director to the Centre and he is the Director of the MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance and Stelios Scholars Programme Lead at Cass Business School. 

"A practical overview for shipping companies and investors on how to use the equity and debt markets"

Part One

Banking and Equity Capital Markets

Introduction to ship finance

  • Overview of sources of finance available to shipping companies: bank debt, bonds, public and private equity, leasing and mezzanine finance
  • Current trends and developments in ship finance

Equity public off erings

  • Reasons for going public; advantages and disadvantages for shipping companies 
  • Company valuation techniques, underwriters and the IPO process 
  • Institutional investors and shipping stocks

Pricing of shipping stocks

  • Underpricing; factors aff ecting first day trading returns of shipping stocks 
  • Estimation of probability of underpricing of shipping IPOs

Practical example (excel-based): 
Selection of IPOs for asset allocation and investment purposes

Financial strength and ranking of public shipping companies

  • Choice and estimation of financial metrics; Ranking process

Practical example (excel-based):
Ranking of shipping companies and financial strength index

Initial public offering case study Practical analysis of a shipping IPO prospectus focusing on the:
deal structure; strengths and weaknesses; timing and pricing of the offering; financial strength of issuer relative to the industry average

Part Two

The high yield bond market; Risk management of real assets; Shipping investor sentiment, and shipping assets and stock investment

High-Yield Bond Issues

  • Advantages and disadvantages for shipping companies, and the issuance process
  • Role of credit rating agencies; process of assigning a credit rating (excel-based illustration)
  • Defaults and restructuring options in shipping
  • Probability of default for shipping high yield bond issues

Practical example (excel-based):
Estimation of default probability by employing readily available information 

Bank credit

  • Types of Bank Credit Facilities


Practical example (excel-based):
Preparing a Bank Proposal for a Shipping Term Loan


Portfolio Management of Shipping Loans

  • Risk models and quantitative risk analysis of shipping loans 
  • Cash flow analysis for shipping projects

Shipping company valuation case study Practical analysis of a company valuation case study using diff erent methodologies

Shipping sentiment, cycles and shipping assets investment

  • Quantifying shipping sentiment using market variables
  • Sentiment and shipping cycles

Practical example (excel-based): Shipping cycles prediction using shipping sentiment

Practical example (excel-based): Shipping sentiment as an investment trading tool for the sale and purchase of second-hand vessels

Shipping stocks investment

  • Passive vs. active portfolio management 
  • Index tracking and shipping stocks portfolio construction 
  • Shipping investor sentiment and stocks investment

Practical example (excel-based):
Formulation of trading strategies based on index tracking

Practical example (excel-based):
Sentiment based trading strategies for shipping stocks and stock market indices

Terms and conditions

The Baltic Exchange must be in receipt of full payment before access to the course is granted. Each delegate is provided with 180 days access to the course. If you fail to complete the course in 180 days, then you may extend the course by paying a change fee (£50 + vat per 30 days). No course material may be copied or reused without the permission of the Baltic Exchange.

You must not allow any third party to use your account information and/or computing equipment to access the digital content or course that you have booked.

You may only print off any course materials for your own personal use. You must not provide, offer to sell, license or transfer the course materials (whether in whole or in part in any manner or form or in or on any media) to any other person unless we have agreed to this in writing.

In the event that we are unable to deliver classroom learning due to events beyond our control, delegates will be offered the choice of a discounted online only option, refund, reschedule to a future date, or access to an additional online course. 30% discount is available for employees of corporate member firms of the Baltic Exchange, up to and including the company’s number of individuals nominated as named Baltic Exchange members.

Further questions

Please contact Bill Lines on: 
Tel:  +44 (0)20 3326 8460
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