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ÔÇ£*"The Ducati acquisition is driven by VW's passion for nameplates rather than industrial or financial logic," said Credit Suisse's Arndt Ellinghorst. ÔÇ£
HOWEVER YOU COUNT THEM, AUDI BUYS DUCATI FOR A LOT OF ?ú, Ôé¼, $ AND DEBT
the stories ÔÇô all are based on a story by reuters.com with different spins.
FWIW: Everyone will be second guessing Audi and this deal.
Technology for small engines has been touted as one of the values of the acquisition. It makes good press but I am less sanguine that is a valid explanation. At various times different portions of the conglomerate that is Volkswagen Group have been linked with various technical projects that parallel what Ducati may have to offer.
The cash portion may not be all that bad. Ducati's recovery has been ahead of the industry curve. It is an attractive brand for expansion in the hot South American and Indian markets. In normal business terms it may not be out of line; however, the roughly 600+ mln euro is significantly more than other motorcycle companies have recently demanded. But then Ducati presents a much different situation than they.
Several of the articles point to the debt acquisition portion of the deal. We don't know is what that debt is for. If it will help support increases in business, great. It is not inconceivable that VW/Audi with some of the 342 (and growing in number) companies that make up the group may already be supplies and in effect own some of that debt. The other little secret is in the acquisition process an unknown portion of it will be negotiated away with the vendors and various holders.
The sale price and how the balance sheet looks in the end are fun to talk about down at the Official Coffee Shop but little more.The bottom line for motorcycle enthusiasts is what does this mean for riders. If it maintains or improves the marque, fantastic. Great news for Ducati fans and keeps the pressure on the competition, like BMW/Husqvarna, to improve to fight off competition. The danger of a specialty brand being lost in a big conglomerate and lowering the bar is a potential.
For all points only time will tell if this makes sense for anyone other than Investindustrial, who will be depositing VW/Audi's check in their bank account.
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