Norwegian seafood producer Marine Harvest has taken an 11.92% stake in peer Aker Seafoods.


Marine Harvest purchased 5.8m shares at NOK46.28 (US$9.01) per share.


The purchase signals the conclusion of a previous forward contract which expires on 26 June, the Norwegian fish farmer said.


With the purchase Marine Harvest becomes joint second-largest shareholder in Aker Seafoods. According to Aker Seafoods, Aks Egenhandelskonto also holds 11.92% of the company. Aker Seafoods Holding is the largest shareholder with 64.95% of outstanding shares.


Marine Harvest has however remained tight-lipped on the strategic motivation behind the move. Speaking to just-food today (27 March) Henrik Heiberg, vice president, finance and treasury, would only say that it was a “financial investment”.


Heiberg declined to comment on whether Marine Harvest planned to increase its stake in the future.