FRNT - Frontline 2012 Ltd. Completed Private Placement

NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION OR RELEASE, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR TO U.S. NEWS WIRE SERVICES OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA OR JAPAN OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH THE DISTRIBUTION OR RELEASE WOULD BE UNLAWFUL Frontline 2012 Ltd. ("Frontline 2012" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has completed a private placement of 59 million new ordinary shares of $2.00 par value at a subscription price of $5.25, raising $310 million in gross proceeds to the Company (the "Private Placement"). The proceeds from the Private Placement will be used to part finance new building investments. These investments includes four Capesize newbuilding contracts and four VLGC newbuilding contracts already committed and leaves capacity for significant further contracts which are currently at an advanced negotiating stage or can be exercised through existing option agreements. The Private Placement was significantly oversubscribed and the shares have been successfully placed with high quality investors who support the long term strategy of building Frontline 2012 into the leading global commodity shipping company focused on modern fuel efficient tonnage. RS Platou Markets AS, DNB Markets, Fearnley Fonds, Arctic Securities and SpareBank 1 Markets have acted as joint lead managers and book-runners for the Private Placement. The Board of Directors Frontline 2012 Ltd. Hamilton, Bermuda, January 10, 2013 For further information, please contact: Jens Martin Jensen: Chief Executive Officer, Frontline Management AS +47 23 11 40 99 Inger M. Klemp: Chief Financial Officer, Frontline Management AS +47 23 11 40 76 *** Important Notice The Private Placement and this announcement and other information in connection with the Private Placement may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions. Frontline 2012 assumes no responsibility in the event there is a violation by any person of such restrictions. Persons in whose possession this announcement or such other information should come are required to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions. This announcement is not for distribution, directly or indirectly, in or into any jurisdiction in which it is unlawful to make any such offer or solicitation to such person or where prior registration or approval is required for that purpose. This document is not an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy or subscribe for securities in the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan or in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under the US Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act") or an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, registration. Subject to certain exceptions, the securities referred to herein may not be offered or sold in Australia, Canada or Japan or to, or for the account or benefit of, any national, resident or citizen of Australia, Canada or Japan. The offer and sale of the securities referred to herein has not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or under the applicable securities laws of Australia, Canada or Japan. The new shares to be offered may not be offered or sold within the United States, except to qualified institutional buyers ("QIB"), as defined in Rule 144A under the U.S. Securities Act ("Rule 144A"), through affiliates of the Managers, in reliance upon the exemption from the registration requirements provided by section 4(2) of the U.S. Securities Act Rule 144A, and to certain non-U.S. persons in offshore transactions in reliance on Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act. The shares to be offered will be subject to certain restrictions on transfer. This document is only addressed to and is only directed at persons in member states of the European Economic Area (the "EEA") who are "qualified investors" within the meaning of Article 2.1(e) of the Prospectus Directive (Directive 2003/71/EC). In addition, in the United Kingdom, these materials are directed solely at persons who (i) 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 (the "Order") or (ii) are persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order and other persons to whom it may lawfully be communicated (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"). These materials are addressed only to, and directed only at, relevant persons and qualified investors and must not be acted on or relied on (i) in the United Kingdom, by persons who are not relevant persons or (ii) in any member state of the EEA other than the United Kingdom, by qualified investors. Any investment or investment activity to which these materials relate is available only to, and will be engaged in only with, in the United Kingdom, relevant persons, and in any member state of the EEA other than the United Kingdom, Forward Looking Statements This press release contains forward looking statements. These statements are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including Frontline 2012 Ltd's management's examination of historical operating trends. Although Frontline 2012 Ltd believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond its control, Frontline 2012 cannot give assurance that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or intentions. Important factors that, in the Company's view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in this press release include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions including fluctuations in charter hire rates and vessel values, changes in demand in the tanker market as a result of changes in OPEC's petroleum production levels and world wide oil consumption and storage, changes in the Company's operating expenses including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed by the Company. This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: Frontline 2012 Ltd. via Thomson Reuters ONE [HUG#1669765]