Volkswagen Truck & Bus is announcing its purchase of a 16.6 percent stake in Navistar, the fourth largest U.S. truck company.
This not only marks Volkswagenâ€™s entry into the U.S. commercial truck market, but also the first major glimpse of positive times for the German automaker after the dieselgate debacle with the U.S. EPA.
Volkswagen reportedly agreed to pay $15.76 a share, which is a premium over the $14,07 share price when the stocks closed on Friday. However, the extra price is buying Volkswagen two seats on Navistarâ€™s board. The new comes from Market Watch, whose source is said to be someone close. The total purchase will cost VW roughly $256 million.
The entry into the U.S. commercial truck market is big news for Volkswagen Truck & Bus, which already runs its own successful commercial truck line, consisting of MAN and Scania. The VW subsidiary reportedly pulled in $38.5 billion in pre-tax revenue for 2015.
Navistar, on the other hand, has been floundering in economic troubles for the last several years. The company is said to be in $5 billion worth of debt and is expected to post another loss for 2016. The company even had its own version of VWâ€™s dieselgate, having to pay $7.5 million to the U.S. Government.
Matthias GrÃ¼ndler, CFO of Volkswagen Truck & Bus, summed up the arrangement, saying: â€œOur collaboration, especially with regard to the powertrain, will considerably increase our synergy potential. Navistar will be able to profit from excellent powertrain technologies and we, in turn, will benefit from significantly higher volumes. Initiating this strategic alliance now will enable us to implement the requirements of Navistar into our joint component platforms from the get-go.â€
Basically, this partnershipâ€™s short-term goals focus on VW powertrains and technology for Navistar products, while Navistar will provide more production volume for Volkswagen. A procurement joint venture will also be established that focuses on global sourcing of parts.