Five box carriers have lost USD 42bn in stock value – but earnings boom

The first half of 2022 was a bad one for shareholders in five global container lines, which have lost a major amount in stock value. Maersk alone has lost DKK 141bn in value, although earnings remain sky high.

Taiwanese liner company Yang Ming paid shareholder returns of 352% in 2021, but returns for the first half of 2022 are negative. | Photo: HHM/Michael Lidner

By all accounts, global container lines are facing another record year with marked earnings progress, but the share prices of listed carriers have at the same time plunged in the first six months of the year, leaving shareholders with enormous losses.

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