COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Shares in Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S tanked after the company reported a 43 percent slide in third-quarter profits in the wake of low container freight rates and oil prices.
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The company said its profit during the July to September period fell to $429 million from $755 million in the same period in 2015. The decline was accompanied by a 9.1 percent fall in revenues to $9.2 billion.
CEO Soren Skou conceded that profit this year would likely be "significantly below" last year's.
Shares in the company dropped 8 percent in Copenhagen trading to 9,280 kroner.
In September, the group split its massive container shipping operations and energy business into separate companies, in a shake-up following years of declining oil prices and freight rates.
Results were posted in U.S. dollars.