[SINGAPORE] Shares of Neptune Orient Lines Ltd opened 4.5 per cent higher after it said its controlling shareholder had entered into exclusive sale talks with France's CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping firm.
NOL said in a statement on Saturday said that its single-largest shareholder, Lentor Investments, a unit of state investor Temasek Holdings, had entered into an exclusivity agreement with CMA until Dec 7.
Temasek owns nearly 67 per cent of NOL, which has struggled in a prolonged downturn in the global shipping market.
NOL shares, currently trading at S$1.165. have surged over 39 per cent so far this year on acquisition talks.