NEW YORK (AP) - Navigator Holdings Ltd.'s stock is rising in its first day on the New York Stock Exchange.
Shares of the owner and operator of a fleet of liquefied gas carriers climbed 95 cents, or 5 percent, to $19.95 in Thursday morning trading.
Navigator, backed by billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, said its initial public offering of 12 million shares _ raised from 11.3 million _ priced at $19 each. That's at the high end of the projected range of $17 to $19 per share.
Navigator is offering about 9 million shares, while certain selling stockholders are offering about 3 million shares. Navigator won't receive any proceeds from shares sold by the selling stockholders.
The selling stockholders are giving the underwriters a 30-day option to buy up to an additional 1.8 million shares.
The company raised $228 million from the offering.
Navigator anticipates receiving approximately $156.4 million in net proceeds, which it plans to use to fund about $72.7 million due under purchase agreements for some vessels to be delivered in 2015. The remaining proceeds are expected to be used for general corporate purposes.
Ross' company acquired a majority interest in Navigator following the bankruptcy of former owner Lehman Bros. Inc.
The stock is trading under the "NVGS" ticker symbol. The offering is expected to close on Tuesday.
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