Porsche Offer for Scania 'May Succeed'


Sports car manufacturer Porsche could end up as a major shareholder in Scania after the Swedish truckmaker’s shares plummeted, it has been reported. Under Swedish law Porsche was required to make a bid for Scania after it increased its stake in Volkswagen, which controls Scania.

However as Porsche stated it had no strategic interest in the lorry manufacturer it made the minimum offer possible. But Scania’s share prices have now dropped below the mandatory offer and analysts believe that shareholders would be likely to tender their shares, cementing Porsche's €2.8bn takeover offer for Scania.

'As long as the share price is below the offer price, people will tender,' Max Warburton, analyst at Sanford Bernstein, told the Financial Times. Scania yesterday reported a 50% drop in its fourth-quarter results.

‘I would not be surprised if Porsche will end up with almost all of the free float,’ Arndt Ellinghorst, analyst at Credit Suisse, added.

Meanwhile Porsche is expected to reach an agreement with banks on extending a 10 billion-Euro loan facility to help fund its purchase of stock in VW.

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  • willcrookz 04 Feb 2009

    Is it FWD?

  • asbo 04 Feb 2009

    Is what?

  • dubbs 04 Feb 2009

    Now THAT will trump a Range Rover... don't design a new Cayenne, just stick a Porsche badge on the front of a SCANIA!!!!

    Fuel tank? 4,500 litres sir...

  • Fetchez la vache 04 Feb 2009

    Jokes aside, I doubt labelling the Cayenne a scania would sell as many units, since the reason half of them were bought in the first place seems to be school mum badge snobbery. which is a shame as it's an amazing piece of kit.

  • wab172uk 04 Feb 2009

    Porsche need a 10 Billion Euro loan? Didn't they just make £18bn curtesy of the Hedge funds?

    Scania GT3 RS. No faster way of getting your goods from the warehouse to the shops.

    Untill that is they release a Scania GT2 RS.

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