Porsche AG is to go public. Management and owners played through the move for months – especially as the economic environment became more risky due to the Ukraine war and the energy crisis. Will the VW Group succeed in increasing its value in this way?

Porsche AG should go public in the fall if possible. From the end of September or the beginning of October, some of the securities of the sports car subsidiary could be traded on the financial market, as Volkswagen announced on Monday evening after discussions with the board of directors and the supervisory board. The aim is a listing in Frankfurt, the new issue could be fully implemented by the end of the year. These steps are planned “subject to further capital market developments”, it said.

The Wolfsburg group and the Porsche parent company Porsche SE (PSE) had been examining the IPO since February. Europe’s largest car manufacturer wants to tap into additional sources of money. He hopes for an increase in value and wants to use the proceeds to pay for further investments worth billions.

In detail, the capital of Porsche AG is divided equally into non-voting preference shares and voting ordinary shares. Up to a quarter of the preferences – i.e. about an eighth of the total shares – should then go on sale. At the same time, the PSE gets 25 percent plus one share of the stock, and has a blocking minority to influence important AG decisions.

The Stuttgart-based company has long been a pearl of profitability in the multi-brand group. The operational business with models such as the 911, Cayenne, Macan, Panamera and Taycan is bundled in Porsche AG. In contrast, PSE, controlled by the Porsche and Piƫch families, holds most of the voting rights in Volkswagen.

Volkswagen and PSE had previously pointed out that the concrete implementation of an IPO was “subject to market developments”. In particular, the consequences of the war in Ukraine, the sharp increase in energy prices worldwide and new problems in the supply chains made it difficult for companies to determine a suitable point in time. However, the current decision now marks a chronological specification.

“In the event of a successful IPO, Volkswagen AG will convene an extraordinary general meeting for December 2022,” VW said. It should propose to shareholders “to distribute a special dividend in the amount of 49 percent of the total gross proceeds from the placement of preferred shares and the sale of common shares to shareholders in early 2023”.

A possible walk onto the floor had already been indicated several times. A more detailed plan to examine the project was initiated last winter under the old VW CEO Herbert Diess. His successor, Oliver Blume, who has been in office since September 1, is now to implement the partial IPO – together with VW CFO Arno Antlitz, who will also take on an additional function as “Chief Operating Officer”. Blume will remain head of Porsche AG.