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Volvo Cars IPO is priced to go

LONDON, Oct 25 (Reuters Breakingviews) – Volvo Cars’ (VOLCARb.ST) Chinese proprietor Zhejiang Geely is making some heavy concessions to appease traders in its preliminary public providing. The Swedish marque on Monday slashed the quantity it desires to boost in a jumbo-sized fairness providing by a fifth to twenty billion Swedish crowns ($2.3 billion). It additionally priced the IPO at 53 crowns a share – proper on the backside finish of its preliminary vary. That values the corporate’s fairness at round 163 billion crowns, or nearly $19 billion, in contrast with over $23 billion on the top quality. Geely has additionally mentioned it might convert its super-voting shares to regular ones.

It’s simple to see why traders wanted some convincing . Volvo continues to be at its early levels of its transition to electrical autos from combustion engines, and governance is a priority since Geely will nonetheless be the most important shareholder. The excellent news is that, after Monday’s announcement, Volvo’s valuation implies a a number of of simply 4.5 occasions 2022 estimated earnings, together with its stake within the luxurious battery marque Polestar. Rivals Daimler (DAIGn.DE) and BMW (BMWG.DE) are buying and selling at practically 7 occasions, in accordance with Refinitiv knowledge. At least Volvo’s IPO has one factor going for it. (By Karen Kwok)

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An employee at a Volvo car dealer, wearing a protective mask is seen in the showroom, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Brussels, Belgium May 28, 2020.