Porsche-Piech family regain control of Volkswagen
Family buys Qatar Holding stake worth about €930 million
All of majority Volkswagen shareholder Porsche SE’s common stock is now held by the Porsche and Piech families, said Wolfgang Porsche. Photograph: Volkswagen
“All of Porsche SE’s common stock is now again held by the Porsche and Piech families,” Wolfgang Porsche, supervisory board chairman, said in a statement today. “This is an expression of our confidence in the prosperous future of Porsche SE as the largest shareholder of Volkswagen.”
Qatar’s stake is worth about €930 million, assuming the common shares are valued at the same price as the publicly traded preferred stock, said Frank Biller, a Stuttgart, Germany-based analyst with Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg. The family and Qatar aren’t disclosing the price.
The holding company’s only asset is 50.7 per cent of VW’s common shares after selling the remainder of the automotive business to VW last year for €4.5 billion.
The two companies have called off plans for a full merger because of lawsuits against Porsche linked to its aborted takeover of Volkswagen more than four years ago. – Bloomberg