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Alphaliner: Will Maersk Line acquire APL?

Singapore-based container carrier APL, which has lost around USD 1.5 billion over the past five years, represents an obvious acquisition subject in the industry, according to Alphaliner, which points to Maersk Line, UASC and CMA CGM as some possible buyers.

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Even though the Singapore-based container carrier APL is doing better, the company has been a disappointing business on the bottom line for the past five years, resulting in accumulative losses of around USD 1.5 billion for the carrier's owners.

APL, which belongs to the NOL group, is thus highlighted as an obvious acquisition subject in the latest edition of Alphaliner, in which the analyst agency calls it a welcome opportunity for the carrier to be acquired by a competitor in the container industry.

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