Volkswagen to Buy Porsche Auto Unit

The Gulf state of Qatar will buy around 17% of the stock options in VW.

Volkswagen, the biggest European carmaker, said on July 23 it planned to take over the automobile activities of its main shareholder Porsche and to merge the two companies.

The VW supervisory board approved a plan to create an integrated auto maker with Porsche, a statement said a few hours after Porsche's board had also given the deal a green light.

"The integrated group should emerge from the progressive acquisition by Volkswagen of a participation in Porsche SA and the complete mergers of Porsche SE and Volkswagen AG," VW said.

Porsche SA is Porsche's core automaking unit, while Porsche SE is the overall holding company.

Within that framework, the Gulf state of "Qatar will buy around 17% of the stock options" in VW, chief executive Martin Winterkorn told media after an extraordinary meeting of VW's supervisory board. That meant the Gulf emirate would take a direct 17 % stake in VW by acquiring stock options owned by Porsche.

Qatar is also to take a stake in Porsche, which said earlier that it would raise at least five billion euros (seven billion dollars) in fresh funds via a capital increase.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2009

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