The Volkswagen Auto Group‘s ownership of Scania may change soon: in an effort to increase synergies and savings between VW Commercial Vehicles, Scania and VW’s other truck company, MAN, VAG aims to attain total ownership of Scania. Currently, VAG holds 89.2 percent of the voting rights and 62.6 percent of the capital of Swedish commercial vehicle manufacturer.
Taking outright control of Scania could allow a jump in savings for VAG to 50 million euros from the 200 million euros today. It would then also be able to spread more common parts among the three divisions.
“We’ve been working here in the past year, and gradually came to the conclusion that this is one important step for an integrated truck group,” said former Scania CEO Leif Oestling, who now runs VW’s truck operations, during a conference call with analysts.
VAG bid 6.7 billion euros ($9.2 billion) for the rest of Scania, or just under three-quarters of the amount Facebook paid for WhatsApp.
Yet there is resistance from the minority owners of Scania: those shareholders believe that Scania is better off on its own due to the firm’s recent financial performance. For instance, during the January-September 2013 period, Scania’s operating profit was 9.4 percent compared to Man’s 0.4 percent
The buyout will only be official assuming VW can reach the 90-percent share threshold that Swedish law mandates for a so-called squeeze-out, defined as a term “referring to the compulsory acquisition of the stakes of a small group of shareholders from a joint-stock company by means of cash compensation.”
We’ll update you as the story progresses.