Germany to Buy Daimler's Shares in EADS

'In order to preserve the the French-German balance in EADS while no private investors have been found to secure German interests, KfW will temporarily take over' a stake of 7.5% being put up for sale by Daimler, the ministry said.

Carmaker Daimler is to transfer a 7.5% stake in European aerospace and defense giant EADS to Germany's state-owned bank KfW, the economy ministry announced on Nov. 10.

"In order to preserve the the French-German balance (in EADS) while no private investors have been found to secure German interests, KfW will temporarily take over" a stake of 7.5% being put up for sale by Daimler, the ministry said.

"The details have yet to be worked out but the government is working from the assumption that the deal will be carried out next year," the ministry said.

But it insisted that "the door remains open for potential private investors."

Daimler currently holds a stake of 15% and 22% of the voting rights in the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company and is looking to sell initially half of that stake.

The German government had hoped to find a private buyer for the shares -- whose current market value stands at 1.2-1.3 billion euros (US$1.6-1.8 billion) -- but was forced to step into the breach after no-one came forward.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2011

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