Investors: Maersk faces investment crisis

Money is overflowing at the Maersk Group, but the company cannot find any suitable acquisition candidates. The investors are demanding answers as to what Maersk's long-term strategy entails.

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Denmark's largest company has plenty of money, but nothing to spend it on. Maersk Group is currently in a situation where the company is basically debt-free after numerous divestments, but at the same time, Maersk in under great pressure to find something to spend the enormous funds on.

In total, the group's debt has been sliced by more than half from about USD 15 billion a few years ago to approximately USD 6 billion now. Meanwhile, the various businesses at Maersk are generating a steady cash flow but so far, in spite of good intentions from the company, the number of investments has been very low lately.

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