One of Germany’s largest automotive manufacturers will be publicly offering a percentage of its newly generated stock.
German automotive manufacturer Volkswagen will be hosting an initial public offering (IPO) on Porsche stock. Analysts estimate this could value Porches between $59.8 to $84.6 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports. Sales could begin as early as the end of September.
“[The list is] one of the biggest initial public offerings in years and a crucial test of investors’ confidence as high inflation and the war in Ukraine put a damper on the global economy,” says WSJ.
“This is a historic moment for Porsche,” says CEO Oliver Blume.
Only 12.5% of IPO shares will become available to investors. VW will retain the remaining shares.
Why it’s news
VW is one of the largest automotive companies in the world, and Porsche one of the most iconic luxury brands.
The sale could raise as much as $10.51 billion for VW. The increased capital for VW could be a valuable asset as the global economy adapts automotive technology to the demands of the Green Economy.
The sale could become a major factor in pushing forward the auto manufacturer’s goals of pushing more electric and self-driving cars.
“With the launch of the all-electric Taycan in 2019, Porsche began moving into electric vehicles, which the company says will account for 80% of new car sales by 2030. Last year, the Taycan passed Porsche’s iconic 911 sports car in sales and became the company’s third-best-selling model after the Macan and Cayenne sport-utility vehicles.”
Backing up a bit
As we previously reported, American auto manufacturers are under pressure to transition away from gas-powered cars. Dodge already unveiled its muscle concept to replace the gas-powered Dodge Charger and Dodge Challengers after 2023.
Europe is also renewing its search for energy sufficiency as the country reels from energy shortages and skyrocketing prices of oil and natural gas as the war in Ukraine continues.
Porche is one of the most successful European car manufacturers, having earned $32.81 billion in 2021 sales, and remaining one of Volkswagen’s most profitable arms. It sold 300,000 cars in 2021, only 3% of VM’s total sales, but provided 50% of its profit, according to WSJ.