Danish shipping and oil group Moller-Maersk said it would sell off its stake in Danske Bank after missing forecasts for 2014.
"Going forward, all our activities are within the industries of oil and oil services, and shipping and shipping infrastructure. In that sense it was a good and important move," Nils Andersen, CEO of Moller Maersk, told CNBC Wednesday.
However, the company – which is often viewed as a bellwether for global trade, with its status as the world's largest container shipping line - predicted a rise in global demand for containers this year. Moller-Maersk said that demand for seaborne containers would increase between 3 percent and 5 percent in 2015.
Shares in the company rose 6 percent in London following the release.
It came as it posted a rise in net profit to $5.2 billion for last year, from a figure of $3.8 billion last year, although this missed analyst expectations of $5.94 billion in a Reuters poll.