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
Boards pass concept for accelerated creation of the Integrated Automotive Group between Porsche and Volkswagen / One-time positive effect on earnings / Porsche SE as financially strong holding company continues to be significantly involved in growth of Volkswagen AG
Stuttgart, 4 July 2012. Porsche Automobil Holding SE (Porsche SE), Stuttgart, and Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft (Volkswagen AG), Wolfsburg, are expected to achieve their shared goal of creating the Integrated Automotive Group on 1 August 2012. The competent bodies and the executive boards responsible at both companies have approved a concept for the complete integration of Porsche AG into the Volkswagen Group. According to the concept, Porsche SE will contribute its holding business operations, including its 50.1 percent investment in Porsche’s operating business, to Volkswagen AG. The consummation of the transaction will make Volkswagen AG sole owner of Porsche’s business operations. Read more
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.