(Reuters) - Global Ports Holding PLC, the world's largest cruise port operator, said on Wednesday it had received an approach about a potential cash offer from Swiss-based MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company.
Shares of the London-listed company closed up 19% at 109 pence and marked their best day in two years after Global Ports confirmed a Bloomberg report https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-06-15/msc-said-to-weigh-purchase-of-controlling-stake-in-global-ports that MSC was considering taking a controlling stake in Global Ports.
Global Ports, owned by Turkish businessman Mehmet Kutman, said the talks were ongoing and the deadline for the container group to make a firm offer or walk away is July 13.
Global Ports, which has presence in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Asia-Pacific regions, operates 26 cruise ports across 14 countries and also has a commercial port operation that specialises in container and general cargo handling.
Last month, Global Ports pointed to a strong rebound in cruise activity and said it expects occupancy levels to reach "historical levels" before the end of 2022 calendar year.
(Reporting by Aby Jose Koilparambil in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel)