The Maersk takeover
The following has been drawn together using the formal press announcements which are still available on the internet, with notes added as appropriate. These notes (which are in italics) are based on the personal recollections of some of the people involved, and should not be given any official standing).
Note: It has been said that Maersk had established a 'war room' at the time of the Royal P&O Nedlloyd stock-exchange listing and had been analysing the business and closely monitoring the movements of its rival's share price. There had been rumours that something was happening for some weeks before the official announcements, but the preparations that were being made for the takeover by the senior management at A.P.Moller-Maersk, Royal P&O Nedlloyd and P&O S.N.Co were kept a remarkably closely-guarded secret.
10 May 2005: A.P Moller-Maersk confirms that it is in discussion with Royal P&O Nedlloyd regarding a "possible combination of the companies".
11 May 2005: A.P.Moller-Maersk confirms that it intends to make a conditional public offer for the entire share capital of Royal P&O Nedlloyd at a price of EUR 57 per share, valuing the company at EUR 2.3 billion. Maersk describes P&O Nedlloyd as "the world's 3rd to 4th largest container shipping business".
10 June 2005: A.P.Moller-Maersk confirms that it has secured 1.2% of the shareholding and makes a conditional public offer for the entire share capital of Royal P&O Nedlloyd. J.P. Morgan, acting as financial advisor for the board of Royal P&O Nedlloyd NV has stated that the offer price from a financial point of view is fair to the shareholders of Royal P&O Nedlloyd, and the board of directors of Royal P&O Nedlloyd unanimously recommends the offer.
16 June 2005: A.P. Moller-Mærsk agrees to purchase 3,319,125 shares in Royal P&O Nedlloyd from Fidelity, equivalent to 8.2% of the total shareholding.
17 June 2005: A.P.Moller-Maersk announces that it has reached agreement with an investor in Royal P&O Nedlloyd to purchase a further 2,000,000 shares, equivalent to 5%.
21 June 2005: A.P.Moller-Maersk announces that it has reached an agreement with an investor to purchase a further 1,963,979 shares in Royal P&O Nedlloyd, equivalent to 4.8%.
29 June 2005: A.P. Moller-Maersk announces that P&O Steam Navigation Company has sold 6,095,363 shares in Royal P&O Nedlloyd to Danske bank (15 % of the share capital) and 4,063,575 shares to Nordea Bank Danmark (10 % of the share capital). This deal was part of an arrangement whereby A.P.Moller-Maersk entered into agreements with Danske Bank and Nordea Bank Danmark on call and put options regarding the same interests
21 July 2005: The A.P.Moller-Maersk offer to purchase P&O Nedlloyd discussed at Extraordinary General meeting of Royal P&O Nedlloyd.
30 July 2005: A.P.Moller-Maersk confirms that it has received regulatory approval from the European Commission and the United States Department of Justice for the takeover of Royal P&O Nedlloyd. To secure this clearance, Maersk had had to agree to sell on P&O Nedlloyd's Europe-Southern African trade service and to withdraw from certain shipping conferences where it had not previously been a member.
05 August 2005: A.P. Moller-Mærsk confirms that it has secured 95.6 % of the shares in Royal P&O Nedlloyd.
09 August 2005: A.P.Moller-Maersk announces an unconditional offer to purchase the remaining shares in P&O Nedlloyd at EUR 57.00 per share.
11 August 2005: A.P.Moller-Maersk makes the following statement:
Press Release 11 08 2005
PONL takeover - Press Release 11 08 2005
18 November 2005: MOL announce that they have purchased P&O Nedlloyd's Europe-Southern African trade operations from A.P.Moller Maersk.
February 2006: "P&O Nedlloyd" withdrawn as the operating name for the products and services previously provided by the company of that name.
30 April 2006: The formal date that the name "P&O Nedlloyd" could no longer be used (A.P.Moller-Maersk having reached agreement with P&O SNCo on where the name and logo could and could not appear on ships, containers, offices, documentation, etc).