According to recent reports, after A.P. Moller-Maersk sells its 20 percent stake in Denmark’s biggest bank – Danske, it will hand shareholders $6.6 billion in dividends.
You’ll have a more streamlined conglomerate as an investment case … They no longer have capital stashed in a bank and this will be looked upon positively, especially for the many foreign investors – for example from the U.S. – thinking ‘I want to invest in shipping, so why should I invest in a Danish bank?’.- Alm. Brand Analyst
In addition to the sale of the Danish bank shares, analysts expect that Maersk will announce the divestment of some assets, as part of its focus on core shipping and oil divisions.
The announcement of the Danske sale was made as Maersk published its 2014 results. Very much in-line with analyst's predictions from a Reuters poll, net revenue was at $47.57 billion and net profit was up 37 percent to $5.2 billion. Underlying profit at Maersk Line – the company's container shipping division, is expected to be above the $2.2 billion it posted in 2014.