Aker’s industrial holdings totalled NOK 56.8 billion at the end of 4Q 2020. This equates to 89 per cent of the total asset value of Aker ASA and holding companies.
Aker is actively involved in the development of its industrial portfolio companies, cooperating closely with each company’s board and management. Every investment is monitored by Aker’s management with the support of a dedicated investment team. Aker also has representatives on the various company boards.
Ownership is exercised primarily in the board rooms of the individual companies. Aker also functions as a knowledge centre, as its staff possess valuable industrial and strategic knowhow and cutting-edge expertise in areas such as capital market, operations, financing, restructuring, transactions, macroeconomics, communications/investor relations and legal. These resources are available not only to Aker’s management in its continuous follow-up of the operational companies, but also to each individual company.
The value of Aker’s financial investments totalled NOK 7.2 billion at the end of 4Q 2020, including NOK 1.3 billion in cash. This equates to 11 per cent of the total asset value of Aker ASA and holding companies.
The financial investments segment encompasses cash, equity investments in listed companies such as American Shipping Company, Philly Shipyard, Solstad Offshore, the real estate development company Aker Property Group (previously FP Eiendom), the software company Aize, and other assets and receivabless. The value of the financial investments in the four listed companies was a total of NOK 2.4 billion at the end of 2020.
The company’s liquidity reserve, including undrawn credit facilities, totalled NOK 4.3 billion as at 31 December 2020.
Other financial investments primarily comprise the real estate development company Aker Property Group, internal and external receivables and other assets. Aker Property Group exposure to the real estate development market amounted to NOK 508 million as at 31 December 2020.