Volkswagen greenlights IPO plans for Porsche AG
The Board of Management and Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG decide to seek an initial public offering of Porsche AG on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange
Planned public offering of up to 25% of Porsche non-voting preferred shares
The planned IPO is targeted for the end of September or beginning of October and is expected to be completed by year end, subject to capital market conditions
Private/retail investors would be able to subscribe for shares in selected European countries as part of the IPO
Dr. Arno Antlitz: "The IPO of Porsche AG would give a tangible tailwind to Volkswagen's transformation."
Volkswagen AG is seeking an initial public offering of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG ("Porsche AG"). This has been decided by the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with the approval of the Supervisory Board following an intensive review
A possible IPO of Porsche AG would be a significant next step in the transformation of Volkswagen, which has been successfully initiated. The company is transforming itself into a vertically integrated mobility group and aims to become one of the leading providers of software-based mobility.
In preparation for a potential IPO, Porsche AG’s share capital has been divided into 50 percent preferred shares and 50 percent ordinary shares. In the course of the potential IPO, it is planned to place a total of up to 25 percent of the preferred shares with investors. In this context, Porsche Automobil Holding SE would acquire 25 percent plus one of the ordinary shares of Porsche AG from Volkswagen AG – at the placement price of the preference shares plus a premium of 7.5 percent.
«The automotive industry is transforming at a rapid pace. This transformation involves significant investment in new technologies. With its ten strong group brands, Volkswagen intends to continue to occupy a leading position in the market for battery-electric, increasingly automated and software-based mobility. With an IPO of Porsche, the Volkswagen Group could open a new chapter in its corporate history. The IPO would give the Group more entrepreneurial flexibility to implement the NEW AUTO strategy and generate tangible tailwind for the transformation towards an integrated mobility company,» said Dr. Arno Antlitz, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Group Board of Management of Volkswagen AG.
For Porsche AG, the IPO would mean greater agility and entrepreneurial freedom. It would also better enable Porsche to implement its already successful strategy.
In the event of an IPO, it is intended to appoint Micaela le Divelec Lemmi, Melissa Di Donato Roos and Hauke Stars as new members of the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG. Dr. Arno Antlitz commented: «I am pleased that we have been able to win Micaela le Divelec Lemmi, Melissa Di Donato Roos and Hauke Stars for the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG. They are accomplished experts in the luxury and technology sector respectively and would accompany Porsche AG’s path constructively and critically».
Private investors can invest in Porsche preferred shares
The preferred shares are targeted to be listed on the Regulated Market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Prime Standard) at the end of September or beginning of October 2022 and is expected to be completed by year end, subject to capital market conditions. Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) has expressed strong interest to act as cornerstone investor in the Porsche AG IPO and intends to commit to an investment of 4.99% of the preference share capital in the IPO of Porsche AG, subject to the execution of a cornerstone investment agreement. In addition to institutional investors, the preferred shares are planned to also be offered to private investors in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy and Spain.
Acting as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners in connection with the proposed transaction are: BofA Securities, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan. BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Santander, Barclays, Société Générale, UniCredit are acting as Joint Bookrunners. Commerzbank, Crédit Agricole, LBBW and Mizuho are acting as Co-lead managers.
VW shareholders to benefit from special dividend
In the event of a successful IPO, Volkswagen AG would hold an extraordinary general meeting in December 2022 and propose to its shareholders the payment of a special dividend: here, 49 percent of the total gross proceeds from the placement of the preferred shares and the sale of the ordinary shares would be distributed to shareholders, probably early next year.
Industrial cooperation would continue
Volkswagen AG would continue to hold the majority of Porsche AG’s ordinary and preferred shares after the IPO and would fully consolidate the sports car manufacturer in its consolidated financial statements as before. The existing industrial and strategic cooperation between Volkswagen AG and Porsche AG would also be continued. Both companies would thus continue to benefit from synergies and innovations arising from the technology platforms Mechatronics, Software, Battery & Charging and Mobility Solutions defined within the NEW AUTO strategy.
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