Executive Board and Supervisory Board decide on a proposed dividend
Stuttgart. At its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of Porsche Automobil Holding SE ratified the financial statements reporting a loss before tax of 4.4 billion Euro for the fiscal year 2008/09 (ending 31 July 2009). Last year the group reported a profit before tax of 8.6 billion Euro. The primary factor in the loss reported by Porsche SE was the write-down recognized for the cash settlement options to Volkswagen shares. This impairment loss was recorded at the end of the reporting period and paved the way for the sale of the substantial part of the options to the Emirate of Qatar.
By Dietmar Hawranek
Luxury carmaker Porsche came very close to bankruptcy in March. Only a dramatic rescue operation saved the company, but it’s still on the skids. Over the coming weeks, the sports car manufacturer — which is up to its hubcaps in debt — could find itself in an increasingly difficult financial situation if it doesn’t swiftly merge with Volkswagen.
In fairytales, a fairy occasionally appears when the going gets really rough. The hero makes three wishes, extricates himself from various predicaments, and can look forward to eternal happiness.
In the harrowing tale currently embroiling Porsche, the good fairy is played by a sheik. Porsche managers say the company is conducting promising negotiations with the emirate of Qatar.