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Volkswagen targets 70-75 bln eur valuation in planned Porsche IPO


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HAMBURG — Volkswagen is targetting a valuation of 70 billion to 75 billion euros ($70.1-75.1 billion) for luxury sportscar maker Porsche AG as part of a planned initial public offering (IPO) of the division, a person familiar with the matter said.

The pricing range formed the basis for discussions in the supervisory board that were taking place on Sunday. Volkswagen was expected to announce the pricing range of the Porsche IPO, planned for late September or early October, later in the evening.

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The valuation translates into a pricing range of 76.50 euros to 82.50 euros apiece for the preferred shares of Porsche that are to be sold as part of the listing, the source said.

This could result in proceeds of 8.7 billion to 9.4 billion euros, which would make it Germany’s second biggest IPO in history and, at the upper end of the valuation, Europe’s third largest on record, according to Refinitiv data.

Volkswagen declined to comment.

A stock exchange prospectus is expected to be published on Monday, after which institutional and private investors can subscribe to Porsche shares.

As part of the listing, 911 million Porsche AG shares will be divided into 455.5 million preferred shares and 455.5 million ordinary shares. Only the preferred shares will be listed.

Porsche SE, the holding company controlled by the Porsche and Piech families and Volkswagen’s top shareholder, has already committed to buying 25% plus one of the ordinary shares at a 7.5% premium to the preferred shares. ($1 = 0.9985 euros)

(Reporting by Jan Schwartz; Additional reporting by Alexander Huebner and Victoria Waldersee; Writing by Christoph Steitz; Editing by Sabine Wollrab, Frances Kerry and Frank Jack Daniel)



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