Tallink reports EUR 23m loss in Q1

Ferry operator Tallink had an operating loss of 23 million euros in the first quarter.

The first quarter is normally a low season for the company, but the loss was one-third larger than the loss in the first quarter of last year.

Several ships underwent scheduled maintenance in the first quarter, but the results were also affected by the maintenance and upgrading of the cruise ship Silja Serenade.

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Biggest private investor pulls out of Estonian share

Stefan Andersson, a Swedish private investor who has been one of the biggest investors in Tallinn Stock Exchange, has sold most of its holdings, writes Äripäev.

Last year, Andersson sold 842,706 euros worth of shares of Merko Ehitus, 235,000 euros worth of Tallinna Vesi, 115,000 euros worth of Tallink and 95,000 euros worth of Järvevana.

In addition, he sold 413,000 euros in Fortum shares and 163,000 euros of UPM shares.

All in all, Andersson sold about 1.9 million euros worth of shares in 2013.

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Tallinn stock market too small

NASDAQ OMX Tallinn head of board Rauno Klettenberg said the market’s trading volumes are low, but enlisting state companies on the stock market would bring back life.

According to Postimees, trading turnover in the Tallinn stock market was 48 million euros in the first quarter this year, 40 percent less than during the same period last year.

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Estonian casino operator increases share in Italian company

The listed Estonian casino operator Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG) is increasing its holding in The Box, a company that manages operations in Italy, to 70%.

The Box is, in turn, acquiring a 100 percent holding in Slottery, a company that operates 10 video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming rooms with a total of 254 gaming machines and a total floor area of 2,057 square meters in Milan and its vicinity.

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Eesti Energia makes good profit in Q3

State owned Estonian energy group Eesti Energia reported a net profit of 42 million euros in the third quarter of 2013.

This is 12 percent more than in the same period a year ago.

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Tallink’s large shareholders may earn 200 mEUR in dividends

Three Estonian businessmen Enn Pant, Kalev Järvelill and Ain Hanschmidt who are large shareholders in Tallink ferry group through their jointly owned company Linandell  Ltd can take out 200 million euros in dividends, shows the company’s annual report.

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Tallink may be delisted

This week Baltic Cruises Holding L.P., subsidiary of CVCI Growth Fund II that is large shareholder of Tallink Group since December 2012 paid another EUR 5.25m for buying more Tallink shares and now owns 16.5% of the ferry company, writes Äripäev.

This has again triggered speculations that the end objective of the new shareholder is to delist Tallink from the stock exchange.

In December 2012, Baltic Cruises Holding paid 116m euros for buying 15.7% of the shares of Tallink from large shareholders including Infortar.

One of the financial professionals who believes that this is all part of eventually delisting Tallink is Ago Lauri, board member of Kawe Kapital.

„Why buy a large block of shares at a high price, ban others to buy shares from the market and later give up a cheaper possibility to buy shares,” asks Lauri.

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