On Monday evening, the European Commission finally agreed to Norwegian salmon farming giant SalMar's acquisition of a controlling stake in NTS, paving the way for the creation of the world's second-largest salmon farming company.

Following the deal, SalMar may now have to raise new equity or sell shares to the tune of NOK 5 billion-NOK 8 billion (€500 million - €800 million/$500 million-$800 million) to reduce its debt, Sparebank 1 Markets analyst Knut-Ivar Bakken told IntraFish.