Dubai’s DP World acquires Danish Unifeeder for $748 million

Global port operator DP World says it has acquired Danish logistics firm Unifeeder for $748 million. (AP)
Updated 06 December 2018
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Dubai’s DP World acquires Danish Unifeeder for $748 million

  • DP World’s full acquisition of Unifeeder Group from Nordic Capital Fund VIII was announced in August, finalized Thursday
  • DP World’s profits last year climbed to $1.2 billion with revenue reaching $4.7 billion

DUBAI: Global port operator DP World says it has acquired Danish logistics firm Unifeeder for $748 million, about 660 million euros, helping the Dubai-owned company expand its foothold through the largest feeder and shortsea network in Europe.
DP World’s full acquisition of Unifeeder Group from Nordic Capital Fund VIII was announced in August, but finalized on Thursday.
DP World says Unifeeder’s smaller vessels and connectivity to approximately 100 ports will enhance the port operator’s presence in the global supply chain and broaden its services. While DP World’s core business remains in container terminals, the company says this latest acquisition is part of a wider strategy to diversify revenues.
DP World’s profits last year climbed to $1.2 billion with revenue reaching $4.7 billion.


US energy secretary meets Saudi counterpart after OPEC cuts

Updated 10 December 2018
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US energy secretary meets Saudi counterpart after OPEC cuts

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s energy minister held talks Monday with US Energy Secretary Rick Perry, after the Kingdom and its allies defied US pressure to cut oil production in a bid to prop up prices.
They discussed the “state of the oil market” and energy cooperation between the two countries during a meeting in eastern Dhahran city, the minister, Khalid Al-Falih, said on Twitter.
Perry tweeted that he discussed the need for “open, free, and fair markets with the Saudis.”
OPEC members and 10 other oil producing nations, including Russia, on Friday agreed to cut output by 1.2 million barrels a day from January in a bid to reverse recent falls in prices.
The decision came even as US President Donald Trump demanded that the cartel boost output in order to push prices down.
But Al-Falih shrugged off the pressure last week, saying “we don’t need permission from anyone to cut” production.
The US “is not in a position to tell us what to do,” he told reporters ahead of Friday’s OPEC meeting in Vienna.
Last week, for the first time in decades, the United States — which is not a member of OPEC — was a net exporter of crude oil and petroleum products.
It was the latest sign of how the shale boom has lifted the US standing on global petroleum markets, prompting talk of “energy dominance” by Trump.
Perry’s visit to Dhahran came as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveiled state oil giant Aramco’s plan for a new energy megaproject in the area known as the King Salman Energy Park (SPARK).
The energy park is expected to attract an initial investment of $1.6 billion, Aramco said.