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Friday, April 19, 2019

Danske Bank News

Maersk Ousts Danske Bank Chairman after Scandal

Danske Bank's largest shareholder, the Maersk family, has ousted the lender's chairman after a money laundering scandal that has also forced out its chief executive.A.P. Moller Holding, which controls about 21 percent of the share capital in the bank, has nominated Karsten Dybvad, who currently heads the Confederation of Danish Industry, to replace Ole Andersen as chairman of Denmark's largest bank.The move is a rare example of Denmark's Maersk family, which controls shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk through A.P.

Morten Mosegaard Christensen. Photo: Maersk Tankers

Morten Mosegaard Christensen New CFO for Maersk Tankers

Maersk Tankers has appointed Morten Mosegaard Christensen as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).Christensen joins Maersk Tankers from Danske Bank where he serves as interim CFO and Chief of Staff. Previously, he has held leadership positions at Danske Bank, including Head of Group Finance and Head of Group Financial Management.He has long experience in finance in areas such as performance management, tax, cost control, accounting, business intelligence and capital management. He has also worked in strategy and business development at a senior management level.

Kristian V. Mørch. Photo: Odfjell SE

Morch Elected to J. Lauritzen BoD

Danish shipping company J. Lauritzen adds CEO of Norwegian Odfjell, Kristian V. Mørch, and CFO of the cleaning company ISS, Barbara Plucnar Jensen, into its board of directors. "J. Lauritzen A/S in March 2018, Kristian V. Morch, CEO at Odfjell SE, Norway and Barbara Plucnar Jensen, CFO at ISS UK and Ireland will be elected as new members of the Board of Directors of J. Lauritzen," said a press release from the company. In connection with the upcoming annual general meeting, Marianne Wiinholt, CFO & EVP at Ørsted will resign from the Board of Directors of J. Lauritzen. Kristian V.

WEST GEMINI. Photo: Seadrill Limited

Seadrill Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Seadrill Limited, one of the world’s largest offshore drilling companies, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at the Southern District Texas court, Reuters reported. The indebted oil rig firm controlled by Norwegian billionaire John Fredriksen is seeking to restructure its roughly $10 billion  debts as the petroleum industry continues to grapple with low prices. Seadrill announced that the court overseeing the Company's chapter 11 restructuring proceedings has granted the relief requested by the Company in its key first-day motions related to ordinary course business activities.

Photo:  Höegh LNG

Höegh LNG Secures Financing for FSRU Unit

Höegh LNG Holdings has announced that it has received commitment letters for a US$230 million debt financing for its eighth floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU). The Facility comprises a 12 year export credit agency (ECA) term loan of up to USD 150 million backed by Garantiinstituttet for Eksportkreditt (GIEK) and Eksportkreditt of Norway, and a 5 year non-amortising commercial bank loan of up to USD 80 million funded by ABN AMRO Bank, Danske Bank, Nordea and Swedbank.

Robert Uggla (Photo: Maersk Group)

Maersk Heir Takes Top Post in Holding Company

The grandson of Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, who transformed A.P. Moller-Maersk into an international conglomerate, was on Monday appointed chief executive of the holding company behind the Danish shipping giant. The move sends a signal that the Maersk family will remain an active owner of the listed company, but it also distances the heir from daily operations, analysts said. Robert Maersk Uggla, 38, who has been CEO of Maersk-owned tug boat operator Svitzer since 2012, will take on the position as CEO of A.P. Moller Holding on Sept. 1., the company said. "Given the development of A.P.

Bunker Holding Increases Financing Facilities

Press release - Bunker Holding, a Danish company within bunker trading, has secured a new loan facility. In July, Bunker Holding announced its best result ever with a profit of $91 million before tax and an equity of $295 million, a result which, according to the group’s CEO Keld R. Demant, is achieved by controlled and profitable growth. The future growth is now further supported by a new loan facility which increases the group’s financing facilities by 50 percent, the company said.

Photo: AP Moller-Maersk

Maersk Unveils $1 billion Share Buy-back Program

Denmark's AP Moller-Maersk, which operates the world's largest container shipping line,  has revealed another huge share buy-back scheme a year after it launched its current programme. Maersk will buy back up to $1bn (DKK 6.7 billion) worth of shares despite its revenues being hit by the plunge in oil prices and declining freight rates. The buy-back program to be executed during a 12 months period. The Danish company reported revenues of $10.5bn for the second quarter, compared to $12bn the same time a year ago. Its profits before tax jumped to $1.5bn, however, from $348m the year before.

Image: Höegh LNG Holdings Ltd

Hoegh LNG's Bond Issue

Hoegh LNG (HLNG) has successfully completed the issuance of a USD 130 million senior unsecured bond in the Nordic bond market with maturity date expected to be 5 June 2020. The bond issue will be swapped from floating to fixed interest rate. The bond issue was oversubscribed. The net proceeds from the bond issue shall be used for general corporate purposes. An application will be made for the bonds to be listed on Oslo Børs. Danske Bank Markets, DNB Markets, Nordea Markets, Pareto Securites and Swedbank Norway have acted as Joint Lead Managers for the bond issue.

Courtesy Hafnia Tankers

Hafnia Tankers Eyes USD 34 Mln to Finance Fleet Additions

Hafnia Tankers Ltd have entered into an agreement to acquire 4 LR1 product tankers. This acquisition confirms the commitment of Hafnia Tankers and its stakeholders to further expand the business within the product tanker segment.  Karei – to be renamed Hafnia Australia, built 2010, STX. All vessels are scheduled to be delivered during the month of February. With this addition, the company is strengthening its exposure towards the LR1 segment and the vessels will all be joining the Straits Tankers LR1 Pool.

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Shipping Turns From Banks to Equity Markets for Cash

Shipping companies are turning to equity markets to fill a growing funding gap, betting that investors hungry for decent returns will provide capital to a sector recovering from its worst downturn since the 1980s. Ship owners ordered large numbers of vessels between 2007 and 2009, just as the global economy sank into crisis. Prospects have brightened in recent months as world trade picks up and the ship glut is absorbed. The industry still faces a multi-billion dollar financing hole after banks…

United Shipping & Trading Co Ltd. headquartered in Middelfart.

USTC Companies Announce New Board of Directors

Experienced shipping and finance professionals in new board for USTC companies. One of the biggest and fastest expanding companies in Denmark, A/S United Shipping & Trading Co Ltd. headquartered in Middelfart, is strengthening its organization with a new board of directors who will also take up positions in its subsidiaries Bunker Holding A/S and Uni-Tankers A/S. The composition of the board aims to encompass the expertise required to enable the parent company and its two shipping related subsidiaries to further develop in a difficult market.

Søren Skou (Photo: Maersk)

Skou Appointed CEO of Maersk Line

Søren Skou has been appointed new CEO of Maersk Line with effect from 16 January 2012. Søren Skou was previously CEO of Maersk Tankers and replaces Eivind Kolding who is leaving Maersk Line to become Chairman of the Executive Board of Danske Bank. ”Under Eivind Kolding’s skilled leadership, Maersk Line has undergone an impressive turnaround. Its competitiveness has improved significantly and at the same time, Maersk Line has set new standards for the industry with regards to environment and reliability.