Røkke on the prowl?

Norway's most aggressive capitalist, Kjell Inge Røkke, is presumed to be on the prowl for new buying opportunities now that Aker Maritime, the offshore services company he controls, has agreed to sell its deepwater unit to a French company for more than USD 620 million (NOK 5.9 billion) in cash.

Kværner ASA executives said Monday that they were uninterested in merging with the stripped-down Aker Maritime, but analysts on Tuesday speculated that Røkke might be planning to buy Kværner outright. After the sale to France's Coflexip Stena Offshore, Aker Maritime will retain its Norwegian-based subsidiary, Aker Oil & Gas, which has accounted for 56 percent of company revenues so far this year.