When Ferdinand Piech took charge of Volkswagen AG (VOW) 20 years ago, the carmaker was losing almost 1 billion euros ($1.24 billion) with its sales tied to the fortunes of the European economy.
Yesterday, the 75-year-old VW chairman capped a spurt of dealmaking with a 4.46-billion euro agreement to buy the rest of Porsche SE’s automaking business, a transaction that will extend the German company’s lead as the world’s most profitable automaker. VW generated a record 11.3 billion euros in operating profit in 2011. Read more
Structural changes impact Porsche SE group’s results
Stuttgart. Porsche Automobil Holding SE, Stuttgart, is able to report that its holdings’ operations continued to develop favorably throughout the first nine months of fiscal 2009/10, which ends on 31 July 2010. In this period, Porsche Zwischenholding GmbH group, in which Porsche SE holds a 50.1 percent share and which is primarily made up of Porsche AG and its subsidiaries, achieved an operating result of 0.6 billion euro. The group continues to report a two-digit return on sales. Revenue increased by 11.8 percent in relation to the comparative period of the prior year to 5.2 billion euro. Read more
By CARTER DOUGHERTY
Published: June 19, 2009 NY Times
FRANKFURT — When Wolfgang Porsche learned that his family’s sports car company would need an emergency cash infusion from its giant rival Volkswagen, he “went absolutely white.”
“It was as though he’d heard someone died,” said one person briefed on the secret meeting between executives of the two companies.
The meeting, at the offices of the governor of Lower Saxony state, where Volkswagen is based, effectively ended the company’s audacious bid for Europe’s largest automaker. It also was the beginning of the end of Porsche’s cherished independence.
Editor: Chuck Penfold
German luxury sportscar maker Porsche says it’s negotiating with the Gulf state of Qatar as the exclusive candidate to buy a stake in the heavily-indebted company.
A Porsche spokesman in Stuttgart confirmed the news amid speculation of the possible involvement of a Middle Eastern investor. Details are still sketchy, but the Financial Times newspaper quoted sources close to the talks as reporting that the Qatar Investment Authority was interested in a stake of up to 25 percent in Porsche’s holding company.
Analysts say such an investment would considerably strengthen Porsche’s bargaining power in troubled merger talks with Volkswagen.