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Volvo Plans IPO With Chinese Help

Volvo Plans IPO With Chinese HelpVolvo Plans IPO With Chinese Help

Geely’s Volvo cars said it had raised 5 billion Swedish crowns ($532 million) in a step toward a listing of the company.

A group of Swedish institutional investors had bought newly-issued preference shares that would have “an immaterial dilutive effect” on Zhejiang Geely Holdings’ current 100% ownership, Auto News Europe reported on December 21.

“Today’s move is another step towards Volvo Cars’ long expressed ambition to act as a listed company,” the company said in a statement.

Rising sales and profits at Volvo Cars has led to speculation of a stock market listing over the past year, although the company had said earlier this month it has no immediate plans to list.

Pension funds AMF, the First Swedish National Pension Fund (AP1) and insurance company Folksam had bought the shares that could later be converted into listed ordinary shares.

The Gothenburg-based company returned to international bond markets earlier this year, with its first corporate bond raising 500 million euros ($519 million), followed by its first Swedish bond issue last month.

A Geely spokesman said it stood by a previous statement that there were “no immediate plans” for an initial public offer of shares in Volvo, declining to define the term “immediate.”

Volvo, which has partnered with Uber Technologies to develop self-driving cars, also announced joint venture with Autoliv to make and sell self-driving and driver assistance software.

Volvo sold 473,528 cars in January through November, up 7% year-on-year, helped by strong demand for its XC90 SUV, the first new model developed under Geely ownership.

Geely bought Volvo Cars from Ford in 2010.


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