VW board to discuss Porsche-deal on Feb 14



Volkswagen's supervisory board will discuss plans to acquire the remaining 50.1% of Porsche SE'S sports car business at an extraordinary meeting on February 14, a German magazine reported.

The magazine said the German Finance Ministry already has a draft for the deal available. Volkswagen will have to pay 3.9 billion euros plus taxes for the remaining stake.

Instead of an anticipated 1 billion euros, Volkswagen will have to pay a "low three-digit million" amount in taxes, the magazine said. In total the acquisition will cost Volkswagen a little over 8 billion euros.

Volkswagen acquired 49.9% of Porsche sports cars for 3.9 billion euros in December 2009 as part of a deal that prevented the likely insolvency of debt-laden parent Porsche SE.

Volkswagen declined to comment. "In principle we don't say anything about the agenda of our institutes," a spokesman said.

According to disclosures from Volkswagen, Porsche SE has a put option to sell its 50.1% exercisable from November 15, while Volkswagen can exercise its call option between March and April of next year.

Last week Volkswagen said the company was closely examining other possible methods apart from the put-call options that would allow for an integration of Porsche within VW as soon as possible.