Hapag-Lloyd and UASC agree merger terms

Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) have agreed to merge after talks lasting several months.

In the latest round of consolidation in the container shipping market Hapag-Lloyd said it had reached agreement with a UASC on a business combination agreement where all shares in UASC would become part of the German line.

No details were given on the proposed deal, but previously it had been said the discussions on the agreement were based on a valuation of the businesses of Hapag-Lloyd at 72% and UASC 28%.

Deal has been approved by Hapag-Lloyd’s supervisory board, but requires the approval of its major shareholders and the shareholders of UASC at an extraordinary general meeting on 29 June in Dubai. A previously planned UASC shareholder meeting was delayed from 2 June.

SEE UPDATE - UASC shareholders approve merger

According to analysts Alphaliner when the possible merger was first announced in April a combined Hapag-Lloyd and UASC would the world’s fifth largest container line behind the recently merged Cosco China Shipping with a 1.46m teu capacity fleet. It sees Hapag-Lloyd jumping Evergreen Marine in capacity terms.

The news of the merger agreement comes one day after CMA CGM took over 90% control of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) allowing it to move to delist the company from the Singapore Exchange.

Posted 28 June 2016

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Marcus Hand

Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

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