JUNE 14, 2016 — NOL is now part of the CMA CGM Group and is getting new leadership. CMA CGM Group assumed control of NOL last Friday, and today NOL announced that
JUNE 6, 2016 — Consolidation in the container shipping industry is moving forward. Marseille, France, headquartered CMA CGM S.A. today launched an all-cash voluntary conditional general offer for all outstanding shares of
DECEMBER 23, 2015—While he played a major role in the founding of the U.S., Benjamin Franklin was never this big in life. As we reported last week, the day after Christmas, the
Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines Limited (NOL) issued a statement on November 7 confirming that it is in “preliminary discussions with CMA CGM SA and A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S with respect to a potential acquisition of NOL.”
Speculation that NOL, whose principle operating entity is APL, has been seeking a suitor has been rising since it announced a third quarter loss of $96 million, compared to a net loss of $23 million in third quarter 2014.
“NOL has a duty to assess all options to maximize shareholder value and improve its competitiveness,” said the November 7 statement. “From time to time, NOL enters into discussions on possible combinations involving NOL, while remaining focused on returning its core liner business to sustainable growth and profitability.”
It promised that “NOL will make an appropriate announcement in the event that there are any material developments” and advised shareholders investors to “exercise caution when dealing in shares in and other securities of NOL.”
MARCH 25, 2013—Singapore’s NOL Group is spending $4 billion to renew its fleet with some of the most-efficient, environmentally friendly containerships in the market. It recently took delivery of the APL Temasek,