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22 March 2024

Letter from the CEO

In connection with the publication of A.P. Moller Holding’s Annual Report 2023, our CEO, Robert M. Uggla shares his reflections on last year’s activities and highlights from across the A.P. Moller Group.

The A. P. Moller Group experienced yet another eventful year in 2023, with a sharp drop in container freight rates, wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, drought curtailing Panama Canal transits, coupled with elevated interest rates and inflation in some of the Group’s most important markets. At the end of the year, Houthi attacks on the global merchant fleet in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, in the vicinity of the Red Sea, forced seaborne trade to circumvent the Suez Canal and sail south of the Cape of Good Hope, adding more than 13,000 km to a round trip voyage from Shanghai to Rotterdam.

The Group concluded 2023 with revenue of DKK 389bn (USD 56bn), EBITDA of DKK 72bn (USD 10bn), a net result of DKK 35bn (USD 5bn), and consolidated assets of DKK 740bn (USD 110bn).

During the year, the parent company of the Group, A. P. Moller Holding, pursued investments and add-on acquisitions across its segments ‘public markets’, ‘principal holdings’, ‘growth equity’, and ‘scale-ups’. The principal and growth equity portfolio investments remain centred around the investment themes ‘global trade’, ‘the energy transition’, ‘circularity, water & waste recovery’, and ‘demographic & societal change’.

At the end of 2023, A. P. Moller Holding was debt free, with a full year cash inflow of DKK 43bn (USD 6bn). The net asset value increased 8% to DKK 214bn (USD 32bn), mainly driven by a strong rebound of Danske Bank and Noble and with the public markets portfolio DKK 46bn (USD 7bn) recording a 16% return for the year.

News from the A.P. Moller Group

A.P. Moller Holding combines Maersk Supply Service with DOF Group and creates Maersk Offshore Wind

A.P. Moller Holding has entered into an agreement to combine its subsidiary Maersk Supply Service A/S with Norwegian DOF Group ASA (DOF Group) to create a leader supporting the offshore oil and gas industry. Maersk Supply Service’s innovative wind offshore installation concept will remain owned by A.P. Moller Holding as an independent offshore maritime company named Maersk Offshore Wind, focusing the growing global offshore wind installation market.

A.P. Moller invests in Tenderd

Tenderd is a global leader in digital transformation for heavy equipment management and operations.

Chetan Mehta, Head of Growth Equity at A.P. Moller Holding, said: “Tenderd is a leader within telematics solutions with a platform that offers real-time visibility and insights for heavy equipment across a range of industries. Their solutions enhance operational efficiencies, improve safety and mitigate carbon emissions. We are excited to be investing in Tenderd and we look forward to contributing to their continued growth.”

Novo Holdings and A.P. Moller Holding back CIRCTEC, a leader in pyrolysis for sustainable end-of-life tyre recycling, in a €150 million financing round

Novo Holdings and A.P. Moller Holding have enabled a €150 million fundraise for CIRCTEC by leading with a €75 million equity investment. Financing includes €22.5 million of grants awarded by the Government of the Netherlands.