GRINDROD SHIPPING HOLDINGS LIMITED - Abridged Pre-listing Statement

Release Date: 07/05/2018 08:00
Code(s): GSH
 
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Abridged Pre-listing Statement

Grindrod Shipping Holdings Ltd.
(Incorporated in Singapore)
(Registration number: 201731497H)
JSE share code: GSH
ISIN: SG9999019087
(“Grindrod Shipping” or “the Company”)



NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN OR INTO ANY JURISDICTION
WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTION OR
REQUIRE GRINDROD SHIPPING TO TAKE ANY FURTHER ACTION

                                         ABRIDGED PRE-LISTING STATEMENT

This abridged pre-listing statement ("Abridged Pre-Listing Statement") relates to the secondary inward listing of Grindrod
Shipping’s Shares in the “Industrials-Transportation Services” sector of the Main Board of the exchange operated by the
JSE, with effect from the commencement of trading on Tuesday, 19 June 2018, subject to the Company obtaining the
requisite spread of shareholders required by the Listings Requirements and the Proposed Transaction being approved by
Grindrod Shareholders.

The information in this Abridged Pre-Listing Statement has been extracted, in summarised form, from the full Pre-Listing
Statement issued by Grindrod Shipping on Monday, 7 May 2018. This Abridged Pre-Listing Statement is not complete and
does not contain all of the information that investors should consider in relation to the Proposed Transaction. This Abridged
Pre-Listing Statement is issued in compliance with the Listings Requirements of the JSE for the purpose of providing
information to selected persons in South Africa and other jurisdictions with regard to Grindrod Shipping. Capitalised words
and expressions used in this Abridged Pre-Listing Statement shall, unless expressly defined herein or indicated otherwise
by the context, bear the meanings given to them in the Pre-Listing Statement.

The Abridged Pre-Listing Statement and full Pre-Listing Statement should be read in conjunction with the Circular detailing
the Proposed Transaction together with the Form 20-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the
“SEC”) relating to the primary listing of Grindrod Shipping Shares on NASDAQ. NASDAQ has approved the Company’s
application to list the Shares on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “GRIN”. The Proposed Transaction
is subject to the Form 20-F being declared effective by the SEC. Both the Circular and the Form 20-F have been posted
to Grindrod Shareholders.

1.   Background and introduction

     On 25 April 2018, the Company was converted from a private company to a public company and it changed its
     name from “Grindrod Shipping Holdings Pte. Ltd.” to "Grindrod Shipping Holdings Ltd." and the Company adopted
     its present Constitution.

     On 23 March 2018, the Company entered into the Sale Agreements in terms whereof it will acquire all of the shares
     held by Grindrod in GSSA and GSPL. The Company will settle the purchase consideration through the issue of the
     Compulsorily Convertible Notes to Grindrod. The mechanism through which the Consideration Shares will be
     issued by the Company to the Grindrod Shareholders is through the Distribution of the Compulsorily Convertible
     Notes to the Grindrod Shareholders. The Compulsorily Convertible Notes are automatically convertible into the
     Consideration Shares which will be issued by the Company to the Grindrod Shareholders. The Consideration
     Shares together with the one pre-existing issued Share comprise the entire issued Share Capital of the Company
     at Listing.

     The Consideration Shares rank pari passu with the one pre-existing issued Share, in all respects. The Company's
     Shares have no par value and there is no authorised but unissued capital under Singapore law. The Company
     does not have any treasury shares. Neither this Abridged Pre-Listing Statement nor the full Pre-Listing Statement
     are an invitation to the general public to purchase or subscribe for the Consideration Shares, but are issued in
     compliance with the Listings Requirements.

     It is currently estimated that the price at which each of the Compulsorily Convertible Notes will be converted into a
     Consideration Share will be the face value of approximately US$ 16.82 each, being in aggregate US$ 320,683,000.

     The Consideration Shares will be delivered in dematerialised form only and, accordingly, no documents of title will
     be issued to the Grindrod Shareholders.

     The JSE has conditionally approved the Listing of all of the issued Shares in the "Industrials-Transportation
     Services" sector of the Main Board of the JSE under the abbreviated name “GRINSHIP”, share code "GSH" and
     ISIN: SG9999019087, subject to the Company obtaining the requisite spread of shareholders required by the
     Listings Requirements and the Proposed Transaction being approved by the Grindrod Shareholders. Following the
     Listing, all the issued Shares of the Company will be listed on the exchange operated by the JSE (as a secondary
     listing) and NASDAQ (as a primary listing), in compliance with both the JSE’s and NASDAQ’s requirements and
     the laws of South Africa and the United States. The Company has filed a Form 20-F with the SEC (which relates
     to the registration of the Shares under section 12(b) of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
     amended) and its Shares have been approved for listing on NASDAQ.

     At the date of Listing, the issued Shares will not exceed 19,063,833 Shares. The Company’s entire share capital
     consists of shares of no par value and there will be no other class of shares or shares in issue by the Company at
     the date of Listing.

     The Company is the holding company which will acquire the international drybulk and tanker shipping group of
     Grindrod, whose origins date back to the formation of a shipping and related business in 1910 by Captain John
     Edward Grindrod. The Company was incorporated in Singapore on 2 November 2017 under the Singapore
     Companies Act.

     Grindrod has been involved in various sectors of the shipping and transport industry for more than 100 years. The
     drybulk business in its current form under the IVS brand dates back to 1976 and was acquired by Grindrod in 1999.
     The modern-day tanker business under the Unicorn brand dates back to 1973 when Grindrod acquired a tanker of
     approximately 20,000 dwt.

     The separation from the Grindrod Group and separate listing of the Company is being pursued, among other
     reasons, because it will (i) allow shareholders to identify more clearly the different characteristics of the Grindrod
     Shipping Business from the other businesses within the Grindrod Group and to value them separately, (ii) allow
     management of each business to focus solely on that business and pursue their respective strategies, (iii) provide
     relevant employees of each business stock-based incentives linked solely to his or her employer and (iv) enable
     each company to elect an appropriately sized board of directors comprised of individuals with the skills and sector
     knowledge relevant to each business.

     In order to implement the Spin-Off, on the Implementation Date, Grindrod will sell all of the shares it holds in its
     shipping subsidiaries, GSPL and GSSA, to the Company in exchange for a market related consideration, being
     US$ 320 683 000 that will be settled by way of the issuance of 19 063 832 Compulsorily Convertible Notes to
     Grindrod. Following the implementation of the Spin-Off, the Company will have GSPL and GSSA as its wholly-
     owned subsidiaries. The entire GSHPL Group structure, including the Company’s interest in joint ventures, is
     reflected in Annexure 10 of the Pre-Listing Statement.

     Grindrod will declare a distribution in specie consisting of the Compulsorily Convertible Notes to be distributed on
     the Implementation Date pro-rata to all of the Grindrod Shareholders, such that the Grindrod Shareholders will
     receive one Compulsorily Convertible Note for every 40 shares of Grindrod’s ordinary shares. The Compulsorily
     Convertible Notes will immediately and automatically convert into Shares in the Company following the Distribution
     of the Compulsorily Convertible Notes to the Grindrod Shareholders. Each Compulsorily Convertible Note will
     convert into one ordinary share of Grindrod Shipping with shareholders of Grindrod Shipping holding Grindrod
     Shipping Shares in the same proportion as they hold their Parent ordinary shares immediately following the
     consummation of the Spin Off, other than with respect to the rounding of any fractional interests.

     As of the Implementation Date, the Company and Grindrod will become independent, publicly traded companies
     and will have separate public ownership. The Company has appointed its own board of directors, a majority of
     whom will not overlap with the Grindrod Board. The Company will have the same management team that currently
     operates Grindrod’s shipping business (who will no longer work for Grindrod after the Spin-Off) and will not be
     managed by Grindrod or any Grindrod Shareholders, except to the extent that a member of the Company’s senior
     management team is a Grindrod shareholder and receives Shares in the Spin-Off.

2.   Overview of Grindrod Shipping

     Grindrod Shipping is an international shipping company that owns, charters in and operates a fleet of drybulk
     carriers and tankers. The Company owns some of their vessels directly and some of their vessels in joint venture
     arrangements. The Company operates two businesses primarily: (i) the drybulk carriers business, which is further
     divided into handysize, supramax, and other operating segments; and (ii) the tankers business, which is further
     divided into medium range tankers, small tankers, and other operating segments. Activities that do not relate to
     these business segments are accumulated in an “unallocated” segment. The business also historically included a
     container business held through OACL and a bunker business held through Unicorn Bunker, both of which were
     sold out of GSSA to a Grindrod subsidiary effective as of 1 January 2018. Neither of these entities form part of the
     Proposed Transaction. Furthermore, from time to time, the Company has sold vessels in the ordinary course of
     business. In the drybulk business the Company is primarily focused on the handysize and supramax segments.
     Grindrod Shipping has 20 handysize drybulk carriers and 13 supramax drybulk carriers in its operating fleet with
     sizes ranging from 28,240 dwt to approximately 61,420 dwt. Drybulk carriers transport a broad range of major and
     minor bulk and breakbulk commodities, including ores, coal, grains, forestry products, steel products and fertilizers,
     along worldwide shipping routes, and are currently employed in pools of similarly sized vessels or in the spot
     market.

     In the tanker business, the Company is focused on the medium range tanker segment and also operates in the
     small tanker segment. Grindrod Shipping has 11 medium range tankers and four small tankers in their operating
     fleet with sizes ranging from 16,480 dwt to 51,570 dwt. Tankers carry petroleum products, which include both clean
     products, such as petrol, diesel, jet fuel and naphtha, and dirty products, such as heavy fuel oil. The tankers do not
     carry crude oil. Tankers are also classed to carry low hazard chemical products, which include liquid bulk vegetable
     oils. Tankers are currently employed in pools of similarly sized vessels, commercially managed by one of the
     Company’s joint venture partners or third parties, and under various other arrangements, including charter out,
     bareboat charter, under contracts of affreightment or in the spot market.

     Furthermore, it should be noted that the Company does not receive any degree of governmental protection and
     neither is the Company affected by any investment encouragement law.

     As of the date of the Pre-Listing Statement, Grindrod Shipping operates a fleet of 48 vessels consisting of 25 owned
     drybulk carriers (including 15 drybulk carriers that are owned through joint ventures), eight long term chartered in
     drybulk carriers, 12 owned tankers (including six tankers that are owned through joint ventures) and three long term
     chartered in tankers. The Company regards vessels owned by the joint ventures in which they participate as owned
     vessels in their fleet. As of the date of the Pre-Listing Statement, the fleet has a total drybulk carrying capacity of
     approximately 1.4 million dwt and a total liquid bulk carrying capacity of approximately 580,000 dwt.

     The Company regards chartered in vessels as part of its fleet if the period of the charter that it initially commits to
     is 12 months or more. Once the Company has included such chartered in vessels in its fleet, it will continue to
     regard them as part of the fleet until the end of their chartered in period, including any period that the charter has
     been extended under an option, even if at a given time the remaining period of their charter may be less than 12
     months. Additionally, certain of the Company’s chartered in vessels have purchase options.

     In addition to its fleet, Grindrod Shipping will from time to time charter in additional vessels for initial committed
     periods of less than 12 months. The Company may do this entirely for its own profit or loss, or may do this in the
     name of pools that it commercially manages in which event the profit or loss associated with the vessel will be for
     the account of the pool. From time to time the Company has, on average, chartered between 10 to 25 vessels on
     a short-term basis to take advantage of opportunities in the market and to help service its cargo contracts alongside
     its fleet.

     Grindrod Shipping has partnered with various global partners to operate a portion of their drybulk carriers through
     three joint ventures and a portion of their tankers through two joint ventures. The Company also has a majority
     interest in a joint venture that has drybulk freight contracts. The Company has entered into an agreement to unwind
     one of its drybulk carrier joint ventures, pursuant to which it will acquire the two vessels owned by that joint venture.
     For more information on the vessels held through joint ventures and a description of the key terms of certain of
     these joint ventures, see "Our Joint Ventures" in the Form 20-F.

     The Company has previously and will in future from time to time contract for the construction of newbuilding vessels.
     As of the date of the Pre-Listing Statement, there are no newbuilding vessels under construction. The Company
     may also acquire secondhand vessels or newbuilding resales.

     From time to time, Grindrod Shipping may buy and sell vessels when they consider market conditions make it
     appropriate to do so and if tonnage requirements permit. The Company considers that its trading of vessels involves
     both the acquisition of vessels at times when the Company perceive prices to be weak and the sale of vessels
     when values rise. In determining when to acquire vessels the Company takes into account its liquidity position,
     expectation of fundamental developments in the drybulk and tanker shipping sectors, the level of liquidity in the
     secondhand charter markets, the cash flow earned by the vessel in relation to its value, the vessel’s condition and
     technical specifications with particular regard to fuel consumption, expected remaining useful life, the credit quality
     of the charterer and duration and terms of charter contracts for vessels acquired with charters attached, as well as
     the overall diversification of the Company’s fleet and customers.

     Grindrod Shipping operates two drybulk commercial pools for which it earns pool management fees from third party
     vessel owners and some of its joint venture partners. The Company does not operate any tanker commercial pools,
     instead it participates in tanker commercial pools operated by other parties. The Company also provides
     commercial management for its drybulk carrier and one of its tanker joint ventures. The Company also technically
     manage the majority of the vessels that it owns directly or through joint ventures.

     In addition, Grindrod Shipping operates a service in the drybulk sector where they ship bulk cargo in parcel sizes
     that may be significantly less than the full carrying capacity of a vessel, or even less than the carrying capacity of
     an individual hold on a vessel. Where the Company loads more than one parcel of bulk cargo in a hold it will
     separate the parcels using steel plates and other dunnage materials. Wherever it makes commercial sense to do
     so, the Company uses vessels from its fleet to carry this type of cargo. The Company also will source vessels off
     the spot market to carry the cargo. The Company has operated this service for more than 40 years, with a consistent
     customer base for most or all of this time.

     Other than the technical management and commercial management aspects relating to various ships which are
     outsourced to a third party under a contract or arrangement, neither the Company's business nor any of its
     subsidiaries, is managed, or is proposed to be managed, by a third party under a contract or arrangement.

3.   Summary financial information and operating data


     This section should be read in conjunction with Annexures 1 to 4 of the Pre-Listing Statement.

     Selected Financial Data

     The selected historical combined financial data set out below as of and for the years ended 31 December 2017, 31
     December 2016 and 31 December 2015 have been derived from the combined financial statements of GSSA
     (excluding the subsidiary Unicorn Bunker Services Pty Ltd and Ocean Africa Container Lines a division of GSSA)
     and GSPL for those periods and as of those dates and the related notes included in the Pre-Listing Statement. The
     other operating data presented has been calculated as described in the footnotes to the table below. This table
     contains certain information regarding TCE revenue per day (as defined below).



                                                                              Years Ended 31 December
                                                                      2017                2016              2015
 (In thousands of U.S. Dollars, except Other Operating Data)       US$’000             US$’000           US$’000
 Summary Combined Statements of Profit or Loss Data
   Revenue                                                         355,035             319,271           378,313
   Cost of sales                                                 (348,579)           (331,218)         (366,944)
   Gross profit                                                      6,456            (11,948)            11,369
   Other operating income                                            3,395               4,608             5,780
   Administrative expenses                                        (25,143)            (21,593)          (21,272)
   Share of losses of joint ventures                              (12,946)             (3,472)          (18,748)
   Interest income                                                   5,263               3,838             2,285
   Interest expense                                                (6,169)             (4,684)           (4,231)
   Other operating expenses                                       (33,557)            (17,468)          (70,703)
   Loss before taxation                                           (62,701)            (50,719)          (95,520)
   Income tax expense                                                  316                 410           (1,600)
   Loss for the year                                              (62,385)            (50,309)          (97,120)

  Summary Combined Statement of Financial Position


  Total assets                                                    484, 073            567,536           559,561

  Current liabilities                                              142,247            132,803           154,183
  Non-current liabilities                                           24,138             74,413             3,890
  Total liabilities                                                166,385            207,216           158,073


  Total equity                                                     317,688            360,320           401,488
  Cash and bank balances                                            46,521             58,368            68,130



 The following table sets forth certain other operating data for Grindrod Shipping’s drybulk carriers and tanker
 businesses. This data should be read together with the information contained in the “Overview of the Business”
 section of the Pre-Listing Statement.

                                                                        Years Ended 31 December
                                                                      2017                2016              2015
  Drybulk Business
  Handysize Segment
  Calendar days(1)                                                   7,942               7,616             7,877
  Available days(2)                                                  7,840               7,559             7,762
  Operating days(3)                                                  7,720               7,460             7,692
  Fleet utilization(4)                                               98.5%               98.7%             99.1%
 
  Vessels operating at period end(5)                                  21.2                20.4              21.1
 
  Handysize Segment Average Daily Results
  TCE per day(6)                                                    $7,675             $ 5,881           $ 7,487
  Vessel operating costs per day(7)                                                    $ 5,091           $ 5,160
                                                                         $
  Supramax Segment Data
  Calendar days(1)                                                   7,702               7,700             7,952
  Available days(2)                                                  7,702               7,700             7,952
  Operating days(3)                                                  7,584               7,654             7,774
  Fleet utilization(4)                                               98.5%               99.4%             97.8%
  Vessels operating at period end(5)                                  20.8                20.9              21.3
  
  Supramax Segment Average Daily Results
  TCE per day(6)                                                   $10,551             $ 7,861           $10,232
  Vessel operating costs per day(7)                                 $4,519             $ 4,433           $ 4,297
 
  Tanker Business
  Medium Range Tankers Segment Data
  Calendar days(1)                                                   3,055               3,140             3,288
  Available days(2)                                                  2,999               3,140             3,288
  Operating days(3)                                                  2,994               3,140             3,271
  Fleet utilization(4)                                                100%                100%             99.5%
  Vessels operating at period end(5)                                   7.5                   9                 8
 
  Medium Range Tankers Segment Average Daily
  TCE per day(6)                                                   $11,691             $13,902           $20,569
 
  Vessel operating costs per day(7)                                 $6,869             $ 7,053           $ 7,458
 
  Small Tankers Segment Data
  Calendar days(1)                                                   1,469               1,657             2,163
  Available days(2)                                                  1,461               1,603             2,136
  Operating days(3)                                                  1,461               1,572             2,096
  Fleet utilization(4)                                                 99%               98.1%             98.2%
  Vessels operating at period end(5)                                   3.5                   5                 5
  Small Tankers Segment Average Daily Results
  TCE per day(6)                                                   $13,014             $12,154           $11,291

  Vessel operating costs per day(7)                                 $7,427             $ 7,479            $7,676


(1)    Calendar days: total calendar days the vessels were in Grindrod Shipping’s possession for the relevant period.
(2)    Available days: total number of calendar days a vessel is in our possession for the relevant period after subtracting off-hire days for scheduled
       drydocking and special surveys. We use available days to measure the number of days in a relevant period during which vessels should be
       available for generating revenues.
(3)    Operating days: the number of available days in the relevant period a vessel is controlled by us after subtracting the aggregate number of
       days that the vessel is off-hire due to a reason other than scheduled drydocking and special surveys, including unforeseen circumstances.
       We use operating days to measure the aggregate number of days in a relevant period during which vessels are actually available to generate
       revenues.
(4)    Fleet utilization: the percentage of time that vessels are available for generating revenue, determined by dividing the number of operating
       days during a relevant period by the number of available days during that period. We use fleet utilization to measure a company's efficiency
       in technically managing its vessels.
(5)    Vessels operating at period end: reflects the total amount of wholly-owned vessels they own at period end, as well as Grindrod Shipping’s
       proportionate ownership of vessels that they own through Grindrod Shipping’s joint ventures.
(6)    TCE per day: vessel revenues less voyage expenses during a relevant period divided by the number of operating days during the period.
       The number of operating days used to calculate TCE revenue per day includes the proportionate share of our joint ventures' operating days
       and includes charter-in days.
(7)    Vessel operating costs per day: Vessel operating costs per day represents vessel operating costs divided by the number of calendar days
       for owned vessels. The vessel operating costs and the number of calendar days used to calculate vessel operating costs per day includes
       the proportionate share of Grindrod Shipping’s joint ventures’ vessel operating costs and calendar days and excludes charter-in costs and
       charter-in days.


4.      Directors

        The details of the Directors are set out below:

        Names and age                     Nationality             Business address                               Occupation and/or function
                                                                                                                 within the Company
        Cato Brahde (63)                  Norwegian               c/o MS Nominees Pte. Ltd., 10                  Independent Non-Executive
                                                                  Anson Road, #32-15 International               Director, Chairman
                                                                  Plaza, Singapore 079903
        John Herholdt (69)                South African /         c/o MS Nominees Pte. Ltd., 10                  Independent Non-Executive
                                          British                 Anson Road, #32-15 International               Director
                                                                  Plaza, Singapore 079903
        Quah Ban Huat (51)                Malaysian               c/o MS Nominees Pte. Ltd., 10                  Independent Non-Executive
                                                                  Anson Road, #32-15 International               Director
                                                                  Plaza, Singapore 079903
        Martyn Wade (59)                  British                 200 Cantonment Road, #03-01                    Executive Director, Chief
                                                                  Southpoint, Singapore 089763                   Executive Officer
        Stephen Griffiths (57)            South African           200 Cantonment Road, #03-01                    Executive Director, Chief
                                                                  Southpoint, Singapore 089763                   Financial Officer
5.   Salient dates and times


                                                                                                               2018
      Publication of the Pre-Listing Statement, Disclosure Package posted to                          Monday, 7 May
      Shareholders, declaration of the Grindrod Distribution and notice convening
      the General Meeting published on SENS
      Last day to trade in Grindrod Shares in order to be recorded in the Register                  Tuesday, 22 May
      in order to participate in and vote at the General Meeting
      Record Date in order to be entitled to participate in and vote at the General                 Friday, 25 June
      Meeting
      General Meeting to be held at Grindrod House, 108 Margaret Mncadi                              Monday, 4 June
      Avenue, Durban at 14h00 on
      Results of the General Meeting and finalisation announcement in respect of                    Tuesday, 5 June
      the Grindrod Distribution to be published on SENS by 11h00
      Expected last day to trade in order to be recorded in the Register on the                    Tuesday, 12 June
      Grindrod Distribution Record Date
      Grindrod Distribution Record Date                                                             Friday, 15 June
      Implementation Date                                                                           Monday, 18 June
      Primary listing of Grindrod Shipping on NASDAQ with effect from the                           Monday, 18 June
      commencement of business (no earlier than 09h30 GMT -04:00, being
      15h30 South African Standard Time)
      Secondary inward listing of Grindrod Shipping on the JSE with effect from                    Tuesday, 19 June
      the commencement of business (09h00 South African Standard Time)
      Any change will be released on SENS and published in the South African press. All references to time in this
      Abridged Pre-Listing Statement are to South African Standard Time (SAST or GMT+2).

6.   Copies of the Pre-Listing Statement and other documents relating to the Proposed Transaction

     The Pre-Listing Statement is only available in English and copies thereof, as well as copies of the Form 20-F and
     the Circular, may be obtained (by persons entitled to participate in the Distribution) during normal business hours
     from 9h00 to 18h00 in Singapore from 7 May 2018 until 19 June 2018 from the Company, at its registered physical
     address which appears in the "Corporate Information" section of the Pre-Listing Statement.

     The Pre-Listing Statement, as well as copies of the Form 20-F and the Circular, will be available on Grindrod’s
     website at www.grindrod.co.za from Monday, 7 May 2018 until Tuesday, 19 June 2018.

     Singapore
     7 May 2018

     Lead Financial Advisor to the Company and Grindrod and Transaction Sponsor
     Rand Merchant Bank (a division of FirstRand Bank Limited)

     South African Legal and Tax Advisor to the Company and Grindrod
     Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Incorporated

     US Legal Advisor to the Company and Grindrod
     Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

     Singapore Counsel to the Company and Grindrod
     Wong Tan & Molly Lim LLC

     Singapore-based Co-ordinating Counsel to the Company and Grindrod
     Watson Farley and Williams LLP

     Financial Advisor to the Company and Grindrod
     Clarksons Platou Securities, Inc.

     Auditors and Independent Reporting Accountant
     Deloitte and Touche

     Transfer Secretaries
     Link Market Services South Africa Proprietary Limited
     Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company
      
     Corporate Sponsor
     Grindrod Bank Limited

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 THE INFORMATION IN THIS ABRIDGED PRE-LISTING STATEMENT HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THE FULL
 PRE-LISTING STATEMENT. FOR A FULL APPRECIATION OF GRINDROD SHIPPING AND THE PROPOSED
 TRANSACTION, INVESTORS SHOULD READ THE PRE-LISTING STATEMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY.


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 SUCH JURISDICTION. THIS ABRIDGED PRE-LISTING STATEMENT NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER TO SELL OR
 ISSUE, OR THE SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO PURCHASE OR TO SUBSCRIBE FOR SHARES OR OTHER
 SECURITIES OR A SOLICITATION OF ANY VOTE OR APPROVAL IN ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH SUCH
 OFFER OR SOLICITATION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL.
 
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 REGISTERED UNDER THE UNITED STATES SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED (“SECURITIES ACT”),
 OR ANY UNITED STATES STATE SECURITIES LAWS. THE ORDINARY SHARES MAY NOT BE OFFERED OR
 SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES ABSENT REGISTRATION OR UNDER AN EXEMPTION FROM THE
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 APPROVED OR DISAPPROVED BY THE SEC (AS DEFINED BELOW) OR ANY OTHER UNITED STATES
 REGULATORY AUTHORITY, NOR HAVE ANY OF THE FOREGOING AUTHORITIES PASSED UPON OR
 ENDORSED THE MERITS OF THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION OR THE ACCURACY OR ADEQUACY OF THIS
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 PREPARATION AND DISSEMINATION OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS DIFFER FROM STANDARDS AND
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 BE CONSTRUED AS, AN ADVERTISEMENT OR A PUBLIC OFFERING IN CANADA. NO SECURITIES
 COMMISSION OR SIMILAR AUTHORITY IN CANADA HAS REVIEWED OR IN ANY WAY PASSED UPON THE
 DOCUMENT ATTACHED HERETO OR THE MERITS OF THE SECURITIES DESCRIBED THEREIN AND ANY
 REPRESENTATION TO THE CONTRARY IS AN OFFENCE. THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE SECURITIES
 REFERRED TO IN THE DOCUMENT ATTACHED HERETO IS BEING MADE ON A PRIVATE PLACEMENT BASIS
 ONLY AND IS EXEMPT FROM THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE COMPANY PREPARE AND FILE A PROSPECTUS
 WITH THE RELEVANT CANADIAN SECURITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITIES.
 
 ANY FORWARDING, REDISTRIBUTION OR REPRODUCTION OF THE DOCUMENT IN WHOLE OR IN PART IS
 UNAUTHORISED. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS DIRECTIVE MAY RESULT IN A VIOLATION OF THE
 SECURITIES ACT OR THE APPLICABLE LAWS OF OTHER JURISDICTIONS. IF YOU HAVE GAINED ACCESS TO
 THIS TRANSMISSION CONTRARY TO ANY OF THE FOREGOING RESTRICTIONS, YOU ARE NOT AUTHORISED
 AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PURCHASE ANY OF THE SECURITIES DESCRIBED IN THE DOCUMENT.
 
 IMPORTANT: You must read the following disclaimer before continuing. The following disclaimer applies to this
 Abridged Pre-Listing Statement and you are therefore advised to read this disclaimer carefully before reading,
 accessing or making any other use of this Abridged Pre-Listing Statement In accessing this Abridged Pre-Listing
 Statement, you agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions, including any modifications to them from time
 to time, each time you receive any information from us as a result of such access. You acknowledge that this electronic
 transmission and the delivery of this Abridged Pre-Listing Statement is confidential and intended only for you and you
 agree you will not forward, reproduce, copy, download or publish this electronic transmission or this Abridged
 Pre-Listing Statement (electronically or otherwise) to any other person.
 
 This Abridged Pre-Listing Statement and the Proposed Transaction when made are only addressed to and directed at
 persons in member states of the European Economic Area ("EEA") who are "qualified investors" within the meaning of
 Article 2(1)(e) of the Prospectus Directive (Directive 2003/71/EC and amendments thereto, including Directive
 2010/73/EU, to the extent implemented in the relevant member state of the EEA) and any implementing measure in
 each relevant member state of the EEA ("EU Prospectus Directive") ("Qualified Investors"). In addition, in the United
 Kingdom ("UK"), this Abridged Pre-Listing Statement is being distributed only to, and is directed only at, Qualified
 Investors (i) who have professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within Article 19(5) of the
 Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended ("Order") (ii) who are high
 net worth entities falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order; or (iii) to whom it may otherwise lawfully be
 communicated (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"). This Abridged Pre-Listing Statement
 must not be acted on or relied on (i) in the UK, by persons who are not relevant persons, and (ii) in any member state
 of the EEA other than the UK, by persons who are not Qualified Investors. Any investment or investment activity to
 which Abridged Pre-Listing Statement relates is available only to (i) in the UK, relevant persons, and (ii) in any member
 state of the EEA other than the UK, Qualified Investors, and will be engaged in only with such persons.

 In South Africa, the offer contemplated in terms of the Proposed Transaction ("Offer") will only be made by way of
 private placement to, and be capable of acceptance by, persons falling within the exemptions set out in section 96(1)(a)
 of the Companies Act No. 71 of 2008 ("Companies Act") and to whom the Offer will specifically be addressed
 ("Qualifying Investors") and this Abridged Pre-Listing Statement is only being made available to such Qualifying
 Investors.

 The Offer does not constitute an offer for the sale of or subscription for, or the advertisement or the solicitation of an
 offer to buy and/or to subscribe for, ordinary shares to the public as defined in the Companies Act and will not be
 distributed to any person in South Africa in any manner that could be construed as an offer to the public in terms of the
 Companies Act. Should any person who is not a Qualifying Investor receive this Abridged Pre-Listing Statement, they
 should not and will not be entitled to acquire any Offer shares or otherwise act thereon. The Abridged Pre-Listing
 Statement does not, nor is it intended to, constitute a prospectus prepared and registered under the Companies Act.

 Accordingly, this Abridged Pre-Listing Statement does not comply with the substance and form requirements for
 prospectuses set out in the Companies Act and the South African Companies Regulations of 2011 and has not been
 approved by, and/or registered with, the CIPC. Information made available in this Abridged Pre-Listing Statement
 should not be considered as "advice" as defined in the South African Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act
 No 37 of 2002, and nothing in this Abridged Pre-Listing Statement should be construed as constituting the canvassing
 for, or marketing or advertising of, financial services in South Africa.

 This Abridged Pre-Listing Statement and any other material relating to the Shares has not been and will not be
 registered as a prospectus with the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Accordingly, this Abridged Pre-Listing Statement
 and any other document or material in connection with the offer or sale, or invitation for subscription or purchase, of
 ordinary shares may not be issued, circulated or distributed, nor may the ordinary shares be offered or sold, or be made
 the subject of an invitation for subscription or purchase, whether directly or indirectly, to persons in Singapore other
 than (i) to an institutional investor (as defined under Section 4A of the Securities and Futures Act, Chapter 289 of
 Singapore (“SFA”)) (“Institutional Investor”) pursuant to Section 274 of the SFA, (ii) to a relevant person (as defined
 in Section 275(2) of the SFA) (“Relevant Person”) pursuant to Section 275(1) of the SFA, or any person pursuant to
 Section 275(1A) of the SFA, and in accordance with the conditions specified in Section 275 of the SFA or (iii) otherwise
 pursuant to, and in accordance with the conditions of, any other applicable provision of the SFA, in each case subject
 to compliance with conditions set forth in the SFA.

 Where the ordinary shares are subscribed or purchased under Section 275 of the SFA by a Relevant Person which is
 a corporation (which is not an accredited investor (as defined in Section 4A of the SFA) (“Accredited Investor”)) the
 sole business of which is to hold investments and the entire share capital of which is owned by one or more individuals,
 each of whom is an Accredited Investor, or a trust (where the trustee is not an Accredited Investor) whose sole purpose
 is to hold investments and each beneficiary of the trust is an individual who is an Accredited Investor, the securities (as
 defined in Section 239(1) of the SFA) of that corporation or the beneficiaries’ rights and interest (howsoever described)
 in that trust shall not be transferred within six months after that corporation or that trust has acquired any securities
 pursuant to an offer made in reliance on an exemption under Section 275 of the SFA except:

 (i)    to an Institutional Investor pursuant to Section 274 of the SFA or to a Relevant Person, or (in the case of such
        corporation) where the transfer arises from an offer referred to in Section 275(1A) of the SFA or (in the case of
        such trust) where the transfer arises from an offer that is made on terms that such rights or interest are acquired
        at a consideration of not less than S$200,000 (or its equivalent foreign currency) for each transaction, whether
        such amount is to be paid for in cash or by exchange of securities or other assets;

 (ii)   where no consideration is or will be given for the transfer;

 (iii)  where the transfer is by operation of law;

 (iv)   as specified in Section 276(7) of the SFA; or

 (v)    as specified in Regulation 32 of the Securities and Futures (Offers of Investments) (Shares and Debentures)
        Regulations 2005 of Singapore.

 Confirmation of your representation: By accepting electronic delivery of this Abridged Pre-Listing Statement, you
 are deemed to have represented to the Sponsors and the Company that (i) if you are in the UK, you are a relevant
 person; (ii) if you are in any member state of the EEA other than the UK, you are a Qualified Investor; (iii) the securities
 acquired by you in the offer have not been acquired on a non-discretionary basis on behalf of, nor have they been
 acquired with a view to their offer or resale to, any person in circumstances which may give rise to an offer of any
 securities to the public other than their offer or resale in any member state of the EEA which has implemented the EU
 Prospectus Directive to Qualified Investors; (iv) if you are in South Africa, or any person for whom you are acting is in
 South Africa, you (and any such person) are a Qualifying Investor; (v) if you are in Singapore, you agree to be bound
 by the conditions, disclaimers, limitations and restrictions contained in this Abridged Pre-Listing Statement and the SFA
 in relation to your offer, holding and subsequent transfer of the ordinary shares and you are (a) an Institutional Investor,
 or (b) a Relevant Person or any person pursuant to Section 275(1A) of the SFA; and (vi) if you are outside the US, UK,
 EEA and South Africa (and the electronic mail address that you gave us and to which this Abridged Pre-Listing
 Statement has been delivered is not located in such jurisdictions) you are a person into whose possession this Abridged
 Pre-Listing Statement may lawfully be delivered in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which you are located.

 For investors resident in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Québec ("Relevant Provinces"): You acknowledge
 and agree that: (a) the securities described in this Abridged Pre-Listing Statement are only being distributed in Canada
 to investors resident in the Relevant Provinces; (b) you are, or any ultimate purchaser for which you are acting is,
 entitled under applicable Canadian securities laws to participate in the offering without the benefit of a prospectus
 qualified under applicable Canadian securities laws, and without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you are (i)
 resident in a Relevant Province (ii) not an individual, (iii) an "accredited investor" as such term is defined in National
 Instrument 45-106 – Prospectus Exemptions and are receiving this email from a registered Canadian dealer, or an
 "accredited investor" who is a "permitted client", as such term is defined in National Instrument 31-103 – Registration
 Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations, of a dealer relying on the "international dealer
 exemption", which dealer has sent this email; (c) where required by law, you are, or you are deemed to be, participating
 in the offering as principal in accordance with the applicable securities laws of the province in which you reside for your
 own account and not as agent for the benefit of another person or as trustee; (d) you were not created solely to
 participate in the offering or to hold the shares as an "accredited investor"; (e) securities legislation in certain provinces
 or territories of Canada may provide a purchaser with remedies for rescission or damages if an offering memorandum
 such as the attached document (including any amendment thereto) contains a misrepresentation, provided that the
 remedies for rescission or damages are exercised by the purchaser within the time limit prescribed by the securities
 legislation of the purchaser’s province or territory and that a purchaser should refer to any applicable provisions of the
 securities legislation of the purchaser’s province or territory for particulars of these rights or consult with a legal adviser;
 and (e) hereby confirm that you have expressly requested that all documents evidencing or relating in any way to the
 sale of the securities described in the attached document (including for greater certainty any purchase confirmation or
 any notice) be drawn up in the English language only.

 If this Abridged Pre-Listing Statement has been made available to you in an electronic form. You are reminded that
 documents transmitted via this medium may be altered or changed during the process of electronic transmission and
 consequently none of the Company or the Sponsors or any of the other advisors listed in this Abridged Pre-Listing
 Statement or any of their respective affiliates, directors, officers, employees or agents (“Indemnified Parties”) accepts
 any liability or responsibility whatsoever in respect of any difference between this Abridged Pre-Listing Statement
 distributed to you in electronic format and any hard copy version. By accessing this Abridged Pre-Listing Statement,
 you consent to receiving it in electronic form.

 You are reminded that this Abridged Pre-Listing Statement has been made available to you solely on the basis that
 you are a person into whose possession this Abridged Pre-Listing Statement may be lawfully delivered in accordance
 with the laws of the jurisdiction in which you are located and you may not nor are you authorised to deliver this Abridged
 Pre-Listing Statement, electronically or otherwise, to any other person.

 Restriction: This electronic transmission does not constitute, or be used in connection with, an offer of securities for
 sale to persons other than the specified categories of qualified or qualifying buyers described above and to whom it is
 directed and access has been limited so that it shall not constitute a general solicitation. If you have gained access to
 this transmission contrary to the foregoing restrictions, you will be unable to purchase any of the securities described
 therein.

 None of the Indemnified Parties accepts any responsibility whatsoever for the contents of this Abridged Pre-Listing
 Statement or for any statement made or purported to be made by it, or on its behalf, in connection with the Company,
 Grindrod or the offer contemplated in terms of the Proposed Transaction. The Indemnified Parties and any of their
 respective affiliates accordingly disclaim all and any liability whether arising in tort, contract, or otherwise which they
 might otherwise have in respect of this Abridged Pre-Listing Statement or any such statement. No representation or
 warranty express or implied, is made by any of the Indemnified Parties or any of its respective affiliates as to the
 accuracy, completeness, reasonableness, verification or sufficiency of the information set out in this Abridged Pre-
 Listing Statement.

 The Indemnified Parties are acting exclusively for the Company, Grindrod and no one else in connection with the
 Proposed Transaction. They will not regard any other person (whether or not a recipient of this Abridged Pre-Listing
 Statement) as their client in relation to the Offer and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company and
 Grindrod for providing the protections afforded to their clients nor for giving advice in relation to the Offer or any
 transaction or arrangement referred to herein.
 Accordingly, investor should consult their own legal, tax and other relevant advisors of the country in which they are
 resident or otherwise subject to, as to the consequences under the relevant laws of participating in the Proposed
 Transaction.

 You are responsible for protecting against viruses and other destructive items. Your receipt of this Abridged Pre-Listing
 Statement via electronic transmission is at your own risk and it is your responsibility to take precautions to ensure that
 it is free from viruses and other items of a destructive nature.

 The Sponsors, Legal Advisors and Auditors and Independent Reporting Accountants, are acting exclusively for the
 Company and no one else in connection with the Distribution. They will not regard any other person (whether or not a
 recipient of this Pre-Listing Statement) as their respective clients in relation to the Distribution and will not be
 responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients nor for
 giving advice in relation to the Distribution or any transaction or arrangement referred to herein.

 No representation or warranty, express or implied, is made by each of the Sponsors, Lead Financial Advisor, Auditors
 and Legal Advisors as to the accuracy, completeness or verification of the information set out in this Pre-Listing
 Statement, and nothing contained in this Pre-Listing Statement is, or shall be relied upon as, a promise or
 representation in this respect, whether as to the past or the future. Each of the Company, the Sponsors, Lead Financial
 Advisor, Auditors and Legal Advisors assumes no responsibility for this Pre-Listing Statement’s accuracy,
 completeness or verification and accordingly disclaim, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any and all
 liability whether arising in delict, tort, contract or otherwise which they might otherwise be found to have in respect of
 this Pre-Listing Statement or any such statement.

 The Grindrod Shareholders also acknowledge that: (i) they have not relied on the, Legal Advisors, Auditors and
 Independent Reporting Accountants or the Sponsors or any person affiliated with the Legal Advisors, Auditors and
 Independent Reporting Accountants or the Sponsors in connection with any investigation of the accuracy of any
 information contained in the Disclosure Package or their investment decision; (ii) they have relied only on the
 information contained in the Disclosure Package; and (iii) no person has been authorised to give any information or to
 make any representation concerning the Company or the Consideration Shares (other than as contained in this Pre-
 Listing Statement) and, if given or made, any such other information or representation should not be relied upon as
 having been authorised by the Company, Legal Advisors, Auditors and Independent Reporting Accountant or the
 Sponsors.

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