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Volkswagen targets 70-75 billion eur valuation in planned Porsche IPO By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: An employee of German car manufacturer Porsche fixes a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S label at the Porsche factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany, February 19, 2019. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski/File Photo

By Jan Schwartz

HAMBURG (Reuters) – Volkswagen (ETR:) will price preferred shares in the planned flotation of Porsche AG at 76.50 euros to 82.50 euros ($76.61 to $82.62) per share, the carmaker said on Sunday, generating proceeds of between 8.7 to 9.4 billion euros.

The price range, which translates into a valuation of 70-75 billion euros, 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.

Trading will begin on Sept. 29, the carmaker said.

A total of up to 113,875,000 preferred shares from Volkswagen AG (OTC:) – which do not carry voting rights – will be placed with investors over the course of the IPO.

In line with an agreement struck earlier in September between Volkswagen AG and its largest shareholder Porsche SE, 25% plus one ordinary shares in the sportscar brand, which do carry voting rights, will go to Porsche SE at the price of the preferred shares plus a 7.5% premium.

That brings the total proceeds to between 9.36 billion to 10.10 billion euros, the statement said.

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.

($1 = 0.9985 euros)

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