The tanker carrier's two CEOs each earn more respectively than the top chief execs from Norway's three largest companies combined, reports Dagens Næringsliv. Competitor Frontline, which has made repeated attempts to buy DHT, has previously criticized the carrier's salary costs.
DHT Holding has completed its acquisition of BW Group's fleet of nine VLCCs together with contracts on two VLCCs. "Our fleet has been expanded by 50 percent at what we think is an opportune time in the cycle," says management.
John Fredriksen's crude oil tanker carrier Frontline has given up its efforts to buy its way to a position as the world's biggest player in its segment. For now at least. The carrier bets on the benefits from its own fleet renewal, CEO Robert Hvide Macleod tells ShippingWatch.
John Fredriksen is, according to the Wall Street Journal, in talks related to an acquisition of US-based tanker carrier Gener8 Maritime in a deal which would create the world's biggest VLCC fleet. As such, Frontline looks to have quit its pursuit of DHT.
Crude carrier Frontline saw its profit slide in the first quarter 2017 due to weak rates in the tanker market. But the CEO is optimistic and maintains the strategy to grow despite the failed attempts to take over competitor DHT.
The tone between the two tanker carriers with Norwegian roots, Frontline and DHT Holdings, has become increasingly irreconcilable and hostile – not least from Frontline's CEO, who now describes DHT's double CEO capacity as a waste of shareholder money.
DHT Holdings' board of directors rejects the Frontline bid announced on April 25. The board adds that it is about time that the parties move on. Instead, Frontline replies that the bid should be presented to the shareholders, according to a comment to ShippingWatch.
The Marshall Islands court has, like the court in New York, determined that the deal between BW Group and DHT Holdings does not pose a problem. Frontline has at both courts attempted to have the transaction voided in an attempt to get a bigger share in DHT Holdings' VLCC fleet.
Shipping magnate John Fredriksen continues the battle to take over DHT as the move could give his tanker carrier Frontline a superior position in the VLCC market. "Size does matter," one analyst tells ShippingWatch. "Very insufficient offer," says DHT.
John Fredriksen's Frontline has sent a new offer to DHT in which the company proposes a merger of Frontline and DHT. "We are convinced that the proposed new combination of Frontline and DHT will maximize value for both sets of shareholders," writes Frontline. DHT Holdings describes the new bid as "unimproved."
John Fredriksen's Frontline tried for more than a year to partner with DHT Holdings before the tanker carrier instead took off with Carsten Mortensen's BW Group. Track the development from the first approach to the final rejection here.
Frontline's attempt to stop DHT Holdings' purchase of BW Group's 11 super tankers does not bother DHT and BW Group. "We'll carry on as planned," both parties tell ShippingWatch. Access the New York Supreme Court decision here.
John Fredriksen's tanker carrier Frontline is now taking to the courts to block DHT Holdings' purchase of BW Group's 11 VLCC tankers, report several media. Meanwhile, the carrier has made a new offer to buy DHT.
Tanker carrier Frontline has submitted paperwork to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) paving the way for a share sale of USD 300 million. However, the company is not obligated to go through with the sale.
John Fredriksen and his tanker carrier Frontline are offloading shares in DHT Holdings. The sale comes after Frontline's attempts to buy the competitor failed last week, as DHT made a deal with BW Group instead.
Crude oil carrier Frontline, part of John Fredriksen's shipping and oil business, has a hard time understanding that the carrier's attempts to take over competitor DHT were rejected. The carrier expects strained tanker rates in 2017.
72-year-old John Fredriksen, a major player in the Norwegian shipping industry, will wait at least three to five years before entering retirement. In particular, the situation in the crisis-struck Seadrill is taking a lot of his attention.
A higher offer will likely be necessary in order for the board of directors at DHT to recommend a sale of all the shares in the carrier to John Fredriksen's Frontline, according to analysts from Fearnley Securities and Clarksons Platou.
Tanker carrier Frontline, controlled by John Fredriksen, has submitted a proposal for the acquisition of all shares in competitor DHT Holdings. The board of DHT Holdings is now deliberating the offer. If they accept, a new Norwegian crude tanker giant will be born covering 10 percent of the global fleet.
Frontline's raising of USD 100 million last week means the tanker carrier is ready for large-scale acquisitions. And by buying a major competitor, Frontline could become the world's second-largest tanker carrier, says DNB markets in an analysis.