In addition, our business plan and strategy is predicated on buying vessels in a market at
what we believe is near the low, but recovering phase of the periodic cycle in what has typically been a cyclical industry. However, there is no assurance that charter rates and vessels asset values will not sink lower, or that there will be an
upswing in shipping costs or vessel asset values in the near-term or at all, in which case our business plan and strategy may not succeed in the near-term or at all. Growing any business by acquisition presents numerous risks such as undisclosed
liabilities and obligations, difficulty experienced in obtaining additional qualified personnel and managing relationships with customers and suppliers and integrating newly acquired operations into existing infrastructures. We may not be successful
in growing and may incur significant expenses and losses.
Our future capital needs are uncertain and we may need to raise
additional funds in the future.
In the future, we may need to raise additional capital to maintain, replace and expand the
operating capacity of our fleet and fund our operations. Among other things, we hold options to acquire up to three VLCCs from Navios Acquisition at fair market value and we may not have financing sources in place to fund the acquisition of these
vessels. Our future funding requirements will depend on many factors, including the cost and timing of vessel acquisitions, and the cost of retrofitting or modifying existing ships as a result of technological advances in ship design or equipment,
changes in applicable environmental or other regulations or standards, customer requirements or otherwise.
We cannot assure you that we
will be able to obtain additional funds on acceptable terms, or at all. If we raise additional funds by issuing equity or equity-linked securities, our unitholders may experience dilution or reduced distributions per unit. Debt financing, if
available, may involve covenants restricting our operations or our ability to incur additional debt or pay distributions. Any debt or additional equity financing that we raise may contain terms that are not favorable to us or our unitholders. If we
are unable to raise adequate funds, we may have to liquidate some or all of our assets, or delay, reduce the scope of or eliminate some or all of our fleet expansion plans. Any of these factors could have a material adverse effect on our business,
financial condition, results of operations and cash flows, including cash available for distributions to our unitholders.
the master limited partnership (MLP) structure for accessing debt and equity markets to finance our growth and repay or refinance our debt. The recent volatility in energy prices has contributed to volatility in equity and debt
pricing for MLPs. This may affect our ability to access the equity and debt capital markets.
The fall in energy prices and, in
particular, the price of oil, among other factors, has contributed to increased volatility in the pricing of MLPs and the energy debt markets, as a number of MLPs and other energy companies may be adversely affected by an environment of lower energy
prices. A number of MLPs, including certain maritime MLPs, have reduced or eliminated their distributions to unitholders. We rely on our ability to raise capital in the equity and debt markets to grow our fleet and to refinance our debt. Protracted
volatility may affect our ability to access capital markets.
Our growth depends on continued growth in demand for crude oil,
refined petroleum products, LPG and bulk liquid chemicals and the continued demand for seaborne transportation of such cargoes.
Our growth depends on continued growth in world and regional demand for crude oil, refined petroleum products, LPG and bulk liquid chemicals
and the transportation of such cargoes by sea, which could be negatively affected by a number of factors, including:
the economic and financial developments globally, including actual and projected global economic growth;
fluctuations in the actual or projected price of crude oil, refined petroleum products or bulk liquid chemicals;
refining capacity and its geographical location;