LONDON–Der Zusammenschluss von Hapag-Lloyd und der chilenischen Container-Reederei CSAV ist auf der Zielgeraden. Die Aktionäre der Compania Sud Americana de Vapores sollten dem Deal noch im März zustimmen, sagten informierte Personen. Bis Anfang April soll dann eine bindende Vereinbarung für die Fusion zur viertgrössten Containerschiff-Reederei der Welt unterzeichnet werden.
“We want to reach an agreement by the end of January,” a Hapag-Lloyd manager told Die Welt, according to a pre-release of its Monday edition.
Vapores, which has a market capitalisation of $845 million, confirmed in December that it had entered merger talks with Hapag-Lloyd, as it is grappling with steep losses caused by low freight rates, high fuel prices and expensive leases.
“The three of us together would be stronger,” Hamburger Abendblatt quoted Juergen Weber as saying in an excerpt from an article to be published on Friday.
Hapag-Lloyd, the world’s No.5 container shipping company by capacity, earlier this month said it was in talks to merge with smaller Chilean shipper Compania Sud Americana de Vapores, adding that no agreement had yet been reached.
Shipping groups have been struggling through the worst slump on record, with the weak global economy, oversupply of vessels and low freight rates highlighting the benefits of consolidation in the sector.
Hapag-Lloyd, burdened by 2.35 billion euros ($3.2 billion) of net debt and a nine-month net loss of 56 million euros, already held talks with Hamburg-Sued last year, but the parties were unable to agree terms. mehr