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Old 07-22-2009, 03:31 PM   #1
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Update on Porsche financial woes

Porsche chief at risk in rescue
By Daniel Schäfer in Frankfurt

Published: July 22 2009 20:55 | Last updated: July 22 2009 20:55

Porsche’s feuding family owners were on Wednesday night locked in a board meeting trying to hammer out the terms of a rescue of the debt-ridden sports carmaker and debating the future of Wendelin Wiedeking, its chief executive.

One person close to Porsche said that the prospect of Mr Wiedeking’s departure had become likely.

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European View: Porsche and VW are spinning out of control - Jun-30Jonathan Guthrie: An industry running on romance alone - Jul-22Porsche chief heads towards showdown - Jul-19In Depth: Car industry in crisis - Jun-16Fiat still considering partners - Jul-22Mr Wiedeking is one of the highest paid managers in the world. If he were to leave, he is expected to be compensated with at least a double-digit million euros sum. Porsche declined to comment.

Its pugnacious chief executive, whose contract expires in 2012, has earned almost €80m in the past financial year on the back of a contract that grants him a 0.9 per cent share of the company’s profits.

Thanks to large option bets with Volkswagen shares, Porsche’s pre-tax profit increased to more than €8.5bn in the last financial year. But to fund the acquisition of a 50.76 per cent stake in Europe’s largest carmaker, Porsche was left struggling to meet its more than €10bn net debt obligations.

People close to the situation said the families were on Wednesday aiming to decide on a framework for integration with VW. This would be in line with a family agreement from May on the formation of an “integrated car manufacturing group” – a family-controlled car empire with 10 marques, including Porsche, Seat, Bentley and Audi.

It would also catapult the Porsche and Piëch families into the league of the biggest car dynasties, such as the Fords or the Agnellis.

Until Wednesday, the families were at loggerheads over the route to a merger. Wolfgang Porsche, the sports carmaker’s chairman, favoured a deal that would see the Emirate of Qatar take a stake in Porsche ahead of a merger. His cousin Ferdinand Piëch, chairman at VW, wants to buy Porsche’s sports car business to relieve the family holding of its debt load.

The Financial Times revealed last week that the families were eyeing a compromise that could include an initial sale of half of Porsche’s sports car business to VW for about €4bn, a capital injection into Porsche Holding and the sale of a 20 per cent package of VW share options to the Emirate of Qatar.

This would still be a victory for Mr Piëch, grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, designer of the VW Beetle. Mr Piëch aims to reunite his family legacy.

VW’s supervisory board is meeting on Thursday in Stuttgart, where Porsche is based

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Families are almost by definition disfuctional.

Can't see why this family would be any different.

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German luxury car maker Porsche has said chief executive Wendelin Wiedeking and financial director Holger Haerter have resigned "with immediate effect".

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8164295.stm
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German luxury car maker Porsche has said chief executive Wendelin Wiedeking and financial director Holger Haerter have resigned "with immediate effect".

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8164295.stm
now that VW is going to own Porsche, does this mean the baby boxster might come back?

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OMG that's a lot of cash.

Wiedeking's termination fee: EUR 50M

So he's being a good sport and giving most/all of it to charity. Lucky charities!
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Well, the CEO had been given a strong endorsement by the Board just last week.

This is almost always a kiss of death and you start cleaning out your files and computer as soon as they issue the statement.


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