CMA CGM Crosses 91.05% Ownership Threshold of NOL
CMA CGM S.A has crossed the compulsory acquisition ownership threshold in Neptune Orient Lines Limited (NOL). Following its all-cash voluntary conditional general offer (Offer) for NOL which was launched on June 6th, 2016, CMA CGM now owns 2,376,715,557 shares representing approximately 91.28% of NOL’s share capital. CMA CGM confirms that it intends to exercise its rights of compulsory acquisition to compulsorily acquire all the NOL shares held by NOL shareholders who have not accepted the Offer…
CMA CGM Crosses 90% Ownership Threshold in NOL
Container shipper CMA CGM S.A. has crossed the 90 percent ownership threshold in Neptune Orient Lines Limited (NOL), enabling it to bring the Singapore company private. Following its all-cash voluntary conditional general offer (Offer) for NOL which was launched on June 6, 2016, CMA CGM now owns 2,361,044,044 shares representing approximately 90.68 percent of NOL’s share capital. With the public float of NOL shares now falling below the minimum threshold of 10 percent, the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST) may suspend the trading of NOL shares at the close of the Offer.
CMA CGM's Bid for NOL Open Until July 4
CMA CGM has finally made its all-cash voluntary conditional general offer for all the outstanding shares of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL). This follows approvals by the relevant regulatory authorities in the European Union and China. The offer price is SGD 1.30 in cash per NOL share, which CMA CGM called a fair value and an offer that the company does not intend to increase. Acceptance of the offer is due by July 4, 2016. CMA CGM currently owns 10.5% of all NOL shares, and intends to delist and privatise NOL through the Offer.
CMA CGM Completes NOL Acquisition
CMA CGM has reported its all-cash voluntary unconditional general offer for Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL) closed on July 18, 2016, with CMA CGM now owning approximately 97.83 per cent of NOL's share capital. Monday July 18 marked the last day of trading in shares of NOL on the Singapore Exchange. Trading in NOL was suspended. Singapore's former national shipping company was acquired in a 3.38 billion Singapore dollar ($2.5 billion) acquisition by the French shipping line CMA CGM.
NOL Shares Surge, 1999 Results Seen Strong
Shipping and logistics group Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), which lost more than half its market capitalization since the start of the year, saw a staggering 26 million shares traded on Tuesday. By 0900 GMT, NOL ended at S$1.24 ($.72), up 19 cents, amounting to a market capitalization of about S$1.4 billion ($814.5 million). Fueling the shares of the national shipper were persistent buy calls by major research houses, even after NOL's share price collapsed to S$1 ($.58) by mid-March from S$2.35 ($1.37) in early January. Adding to market euphoria were expectations that NOL, in the red since 1997, would unveil strong results for 1999 on March 27, due to improved freight rates and asset sales, analysts said.
NOL Shares Suspended
Shares of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), the world's sixth largest container ship operator, were suspended on Friday pending an announcement. "We suggested a suspension pending an announcement by them," a spokesman from the Singapore Exchange told Reuters. NOL officials were not immediately available to comment but the market was speculating the firm may issue a statement on its performance expectations. The Straits Times newspaper quoted president and chief executive Flemming Jacobs as saying "the expectations now are for much lower results than what we saw last year". Falling freight rates and sluggish cargo volumes as a result of the global economic downturn have hurt shippers like NOL. NOL shares were trading at S$1.16 before the suspension.
NOL Shares Soar On Management Change News
Shares of shipping and logistics group Neptune Orient Lines Ltd. (NOL) surged almost 10% on optimism over recent management changes, dealers said on Tuesday. Late September, NOL said it had hired more senior executives from Sea-Land Services as senior officals for its container transportation arm, APL. The move were seen as positive and reinforced the shipping group's commitment to grow its European and North American presence. Flemming Jacobs is NOL's new chief executive officer.
NOL to Help Develop a New Container Terminal
Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) has been advised by the Port of Rotterdam that a consortium comprising NOL, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui OSK Lines, DP World and CMA CGM has been awarded the right to equip and operate the first container terminal to be developed at Maasvlakte 2 in Rotterdam. The 156 hectare terminal will have a capacity of around 4 million TEU and is expected to be operational in 2013. NOL’s share of the consortium will be 20%.
CMA CGM Ups NOL Stake to 2.32%
French container shipping group CMA CGM bought an additional 2.4 million shares in takeover target Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) from the open market on Thursday at $1.235 and $1.24 per share, says a report in the Business Times. Following the latest transaction, the Marseille-based company now owns 2.32% of its takeover target, NOL. Since CMA CGM announced its takeover plans in December 2015 the latest open market purchases were at a level below the SGD1.30 per it has offered for the Singapore company.
CMA CGM Intends Offer to Acquire NOL
Following the satisfaction and waiver (as the case may be) of the conditions set forth in the pre-conditional offer announcement dated 7 December 2015, CMA CGM S.A. (CMA CGM), announced its firm intention to make an all-cash voluntary conditional general offer (Offer) for all the outstanding shares of Neptune Orient Lines Limited (NOL), other than those it already owns, controls or has agreed to acquire. The Offer Price is SGD 1.30 in cash per NOL share, which CMA CGM does not intend to increase. Further details of the Offer are set out in the Offer Announcement dated 30 May 2016, and will be set out in the Composite Document, which will comprise the Offer document and NOL's circular to its shareholders…
CMA CGM Secures Bank Funding for NOL Takeover
CMA CGM has secured the necessary financial backing to proceed with an acquisition of Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), Reuters reports, citing two people said to be familiar with the matter. The French shipping giant is reported to have received “firm commitment” from lenders HSBC, BNP Paribas and JPMorgan to bankroll the deal. A takeover of NOL would boost the world's third biggest container line's position on transpacific routes at a time when operators are struggling with overcapacity and low freight rates.
CMA CGM Delists Neptune Orient Lines
Shares of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) - now a wholly owned unit of French container ship operator CMA CGM - delisted from the Singapore Exchange (SGX) with effect from 9am September 07. CMA CGM said in a press release on Monday (Sep 5) that NOL had obtained the necessary waivers and approval from SGX for the delisting, which will take effect at 9am on Tuesday. CMA CGM has completed the exercise of its rights of compulsory acquisition of all NOL shares held by shareholders who did not accept the all-cash voluntary conditional general offer.
NOL Apologizes For Share Suspension, Price Drop
Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL), the world's sixth largest container shipping group, apologized to shareholders in a Singapore newspaper advertisement on Thursday for its recent one-day share suspension and price drop. "It is regrettable if the suspension has caused you concern and inconvenience," Flemming Jacobs, NOL Group president and CEO, said in a Business Times announcement. The Singapore Exchange suspended NOL shares last Friday after Jacobs said in an interview carried in local newspapers that the Singapore-based company's reults would be lower this year. "The expectations now are for much lower results than what we saw last year," he was quoted as saying.
NOL Shares Drop On Re-Rating Rumor
Shares of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) fell almost seven percent in heavy trade on talk there was some re-rating of the stock following changes in the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCi) index. The shipping group was down 15 cents or six percent at S$2.28 after hitting a low of S$2.26 earlier. Aside from the index news, there is reportedly concern that the group could be affected by rising bunkering charges. Put in perspective, the drop is minimal considering that NOL has been a top performer on the Singapore bourse this year, up nearly 350 percent.
CMA CGM Acquisition NOL: Aprroval Expected by Mid-2016
CMA CGM acquisition target Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) has made all necessary anti-trust filings and expect that the approvals will come sometime in the middle of 2016. NOL group president and chief executive Ng Yat Chung said NOL, which is being bought out by French shipping giant CMA CGM for $2.4bn, has made all necessary anti-trust filings. On 7 December 2015, CMA CGM S.A. announced a pre-conditional voluntary cash offer to acquire NOL at SGD1.30 per NOL share. The offer was subject to anti-trust clearances from the European Union, China and the US.
CMA CGM Buys Additional Shares In NOL from Open Market
French carrier CMA CGM, which has announced its bid to acquire Neptune Orient Lines for S$3.4bn ($2.4bn) in cash, is slowly building a stake in Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) for less than the price per share it has offered in a planned takeover deal. CMA CGM has bought 367,000 shares of the Singapore-listed shipping company in the open market for S$1.24 each share, 4.6 percent below its offer price of S$1.30 a share. In an earlier (December 11) disclosure said it bought about 3.68 million NOL shares at S$1.22 per share, equivalent 0.14 percent of the latter’s issued share capital.
NOL Management Changes Causes Shares Rally
Shares of shipping and logistics group Neptune Orient Lines Ltd. (NOL) surged almost 10 percent last Tuesday on optimism over recent management changes, dealers said. "We are buying on the back of increasing confidence in the market, higher assurance that the Fed will not be doing anything drastic and hope that NOL's new management would bring positive changes," said one dealer. In late September, NOL announced the hiring of more senior executives from Sea-Land Services as senior officials for its container transportation arm, APL, including Fleming Jacobs as the new chief executive officer. The moves were seen as positive and reinforced the shipping group's commitment to grow its European and North American presence.
NOL Shares Drop Amid Rumors Of Rating Revision
Shares of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) fell almost seven percent in heavy trade last Thursday on talk there was some re-rating of the stock following changes in the MSCi index. The shipping group was down 15 cents or six percent at S$2.28 after hitting a low of S$2.26 earlier. Volume was a heavy 12.19 million shares. NOL had lost 10 percent of its value since the start of last week where it stood at S$2.54. "The selling has been very heavy since the start of the week. There is also an earnings downgrade by houses like Salomon Smith Barney," a broker said. A few houses have been downgrading the stock on concerns over higher bunker charges, but some analysts said it might be too early to state the actual impact on NOL.
NOL Shares Sag On Continued Rate Woes
Shares of Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL), the world's sixth largest container shipper, sank as much as 2.5 percent on Thursday morning to their lowest level since March 2000 on freight rate concerns. By the midday break, NOL had crawled back to S$1.20, down one cent, from S$1.18 in moderate trade of 2.78 million shares. Analysts said there were increased worries for its earnings due to prolonged pressure in freight rates with no short-term recovery in sight for cargo demand due to slowing economies. "People are concerned over pressures in freight rates," said Albert Goh, an analyst at Kim Eng Securities. NOL scrapped a planned share flotation and U.S. listing of its oil transportation unit last month.
NOL Shares Down 6.8 Percent
Shares of Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL) slumped as much as 6.8 percent on Monday morning after it said it expects to book a profit for the full year but that the results would be much lower than the previous year. The world's sixth largest container ship operator fell to a 17-month low of S$1.08 before crawling back to S$1.11, down $0.05 in moderate trade of more than two million shares. The Singapore Exchange had suspended the stock after its president and CEO Flemming Jacobs warned of NOL's results in local papers, saying "the expectations now are for much lower results than what we saw last year". NOL said its business would be down compared with last year and that expectations now were for much lower results than last year, which was an exceptional year for the liner industry.
CMA CGM Takes Control at NOL, Reshuffles the Board
France’s CMA CGM now holds over 78 percent of the shares in Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), bringing it closer to taking the Singapore company private. CMA CGM currently owns approximately 78.07% of all NOL shares, and does not intend to preserve the listing status of NOL. Further to the Offer Implementation Agreement, this change in control results in a change in the composition of NOL's Board of Directors. Consequently, a reconstituted Board of Directors, comprising ten members, has been appointed with effect from 9 June. The members of the reconstituted Board of Directors are Mr.
CMA CGM to delist NOL
French container shipping firm CMA CGM plans to delist Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) following its takeover of the Singaporean shipper, CMA CGM's vice chairman Rodolphe Saade told French daily Les Echos. CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping company, said earlier this month it holds over 78 percent of NOL shares after buying Temasek Holdings' stake in a $2.4-billion deal agreed last year. Minority shareholders can sell their shares to CMA CG until July 18. Saade said he was confident they will sell and added that as soon as CMA CGM holds 90 percent of NOL…
NOL Shares Surge
Shares of shipping group Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) hit a nine-month high today, boosted by prospects of its logistics operations and hopes its weightage will rise in changes to the MSCI Singapore index. NOL, which is the world's sixth largest container shipper, is up 12.5 percent since the start of the year and has outperformed the benchmark Straits Times Index by 31 percent. "A lot of houses like this stock because it has been a great turnaround story. There is also speculation that it might be a beneficiary in the upcoming MSCI changes," a dealer with a Singapore brokerage said. The Singapore-based company, in which the government holds 33 percent, is a constituent stock of the MSCI index with a 1.18 percent weighting.