Maersk to split group into transport, energy firms

Maersk, owner of the world’s biggest shipping company, will become an integrated transport and logistics company, the Copenhagen-based group said


The shares rose as much as 4.2% and traded 3% higher at 10,200 kroner as of 9:05 am in Copenhagen, bringing this year’s gains to 14%. Photo: Bloomberg
The shares rose as much as 4.2% and traded 3% higher at 10,200 kroner as of 9:05 am in Copenhagen, bringing this year’s gains to 14%. Photo: Bloomberg

Copenhagen: AP. Moeller-Maersk A/S said it will split into separate transport and energy businesses as Denmark’s biggest company moves ahead with an historic shake-up of the conglomerate.

Maersk, owner of the world’s biggest shipping company, “will become an integrated transport and logistics company,” the Copenhagen-based group said on Thursday.

“Oil and oil related businesses, either individually or in combination, to be separated from” the group and “will focus on optimizing and strengthening its strong position in the Danish, British and Norwegian parts of the North Sea.”

The shares rose as much as 4.2% and traded 3% higher at 10,200 kroner as of 9:05 am in Copenhagen, bringing this year’s gains to 14%.

Maersk also said its chief financial officer, Trond Westlie, will be replaced by Jakob Stausholm, who’s currently in charge of strategy at Maersk Line.

Jakob Thomasen, who had headed the oil unit, will also leave, together with Kim Fejfer, who had run the group’s APM Terminals business.

Chairman Michael Pram Rasmussen first revealed Maersk was assessing the merits of splitting up the group on 23 June, the same day he dismissed Nils Smedegaard Andersen as chief executive officer.

The prospect of a structural reorganization sent the shares up as much as 12% on the day, as most investors expect the company to be worth more once its different parts are freed from the conglomerate structure.

Maersk’s board expects the oil and oil related businesses “will require different solutions for future development including separation of entities individually or in combination from A.P. Moeller-Maersk in the form of joint-ventures, mergers or listing.” A solution is expected to be found within 24 months, Maersk’s board said. Bloomberg

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