Buying out Porsche
Few cars can compare to the pedigree of Porsche. The German car manufacture’s name has been synonymous with excellence and speed, ultimately becoming the premier sports vehicle for the car enthusiasts. While few could compete with beauty, the company has however fallen on hard times, causing other manufacturers to come in and save it. What has resulted is a buyout to rival all others, ultimately becoming an important even in car history
Coming out of the financial crisis in the late 2000’s, Porsche had to deal with the brunt of the financial slump suffered by the global automotive sector. With the wealthy seemingly dwindling away, Porsche had accumulated a great deal of debt and was simultaneously assaulted by lawsuits from investors who believe they were misled.
This situation created the perfect setting for Volkswagen to move in on the company that they have been wanting for years. Failing to secure the 75% necessary stake in 2009, Porsche’s financial difficulties allowed VW to raise just enough to acquire what it needed and, following the turnover from 2009, Porsche agreed to the stake.
Already agreeing to merge by the end of 2011, what resulted from this deal was a 4.46 billion Europe (£3.6 billion) dollar purchase of the remaining 50.1% stake in the company. According to Hans Dieter Poetsche, the chief financial officer of VW, “The accelerated integration will allow us to start implementing a joint strategy for Porsche’s automotive business more quickly and to realise key joint projects more rapidly.”
Various reports following from this deal that showed that if VW had bought the stake before 2012 the two car giants would have mad to pay an additional 1 billion euro’s in taxes, making the deal seem less likely. BBC reporters have noted that the rapidity of special agreement allowed the firms to avoid paying an enormous bill.
Financial analysts from Credit Suisse have said that “it’s a great deal for Volkswagen, both financially and in operative terms” while commentators from VW have said that “the accelerated integration model that has now been agreed can be implemented on economically feasible terms.” What resulted was a merger of massive proportions, making VW now an even greater player in the world market.