Kleven family invokes pre-emptive right to buy shares in Kleven MaritimeYard News // June 6, 2007
Kleven Maritime AS has been advised by shareholder John Kleven AS that the company will exercise its pre-emptive rights to 51 per cent of the shares in Kleven Maritime, which had been offered to Havila AS.
John Kleven AS says the purchase is made on behalf of present shareholders in Kleven Maritime AS with affiliations to the Kleven family: John Kleven AS, Soltun Invest AS, A Kleven Eiendom AS, Magnar Kleven AS and Vik Eigedom AS.
Managing Director Per Øvrelid said he was happy that the ownership situation has now been clarified and that the Kleven family has declared its long-term interest in the company and its faith in the company and its employees’ ability to create value.
"Over the past couple of months, several development processes were put on the back burner pending clarification of the ownership situation. Now we'll be able to rekindle these processes,” he said.
Kjersti Kleven, who represents the group of buyers, said: "Kleven Maritime is a key company in the cluster of maritime companies
that, within the offshore segment, has one of its most important global centres located in the Sunnmøre region. Our spearheading the re-acquisition of the Kværner shipyards at Ulsteinvik and Florø a few years back was based on our assessment with respect to maritime skills and future potential. We have met great challenges along the way, but we have found that it is still possible to build ships in the North West of Norway. Virtually all the expectations we had at the time have been met and the long-term picture is if possible even more interesting today.”