Den svenske kapitalfond EQT Infrastructure har gennem selskabet HATI BidCo AS givet købstilbud på det norske selskab Torghatten ASA, som bl.a. ejer rederierne: Bastø Fosen, FosenNamsos Sjø, Torghatten Trafikkselskap og Torghatten Nord. Torghatten ASA ejer også 66% af flyselskabet Widerøe, men den aktiepost er ikke med i købstilbudet, og vil blive flyttet ud i et nyt selskab, som bliver ejet af de nuværende aktionærer i Torghatten ASA.
EQT Infrastructure har allerede lavet aftaler med de største ejere af Torghatten ASA, som sider på 53,62% af aktierne. Det nye tilbud gælder så for resten af aktierne, og her tilbyder EQT Infrastructure 175 norske kroner per aktie (samme pris som de 53,62% også er blevet tilbudt). Bestyrelsen i Torghatten ASA anbefaler aktionærerne at sige ja til det tilbud.
”Torghatten is a remarkable success story and plays a significant role in many cities and small local communities across large parts of Norway. EQT is impressed with the Company’s development over the past decade with regards to growth, profitability and sustainability efforts. Chairman Brynjar Forbergskog and CEO Roger Granheim deserve a great deal of the credit for this. They have transformed Torghatten from a regional, northern-focused company to becoming a major national transport player. We will use EQT’s financial strength and extensive experience within transport infrastructure to further develop Torghatten’s critical services and sustainability profile, to the benefit of Torghatten’s customers, employees and partners across the country.”
Daniel Pérez, partner at EQT Partners and Investment Advisor to EQT Infrastructure
“Since we were first approached by EQT, we have had discussions with several interested parties, but EQT’s offer stands out as the best alternative for both the owners and for Torghatten. The Board believes that EQT will succeed in further developing the Company and its operations in a good way. EQT Infrastructure wishes to be an active owner of Torghatten and will provide EQT’s resources, competency and network to ensure continued profitable growth. EQT has also informed the owners that they do not intend to move Torghatten’s headquarters nor change the company name. A unanimous Board recommends EQT Infrastructure’s offer.”
Chairman Brynjar Forbergskog of Torghatten
“I expect EQT Infrastructure will be a good owner that will execute a sustainable growth strategy to develop Torghatten going forward, from an environmental, social and economic perspective. Throughout this process, EQT has demonstrated its understanding of the important role Torghatten plays in many cities and local communities across large parts of Norway, and that it will continue to build on today’s solid culture and foundation.”
CEO Roger Granheim of Torghatten