Volvo sells 4.7pc stake in Eicher Motors for Rs. 1,920 crore

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Swedish commercial vehicle major AB Volvo on Wednesday sold around 4.7 per cent stake in Eicher Motors for USD 310 million (over Rs. 1,920 crore).

“AB Volvo has divested 12.7 lakh shares, representing approximately 4.7 per cent of Eicher Motors Limited’s equity capital,” a Eicher Motors Ltd spokesperson said in a statement.

In May 2008 AB Volvo and Eicher Motors Limited (EML) had entered into a joint venture agreement to create VECV with the intent to drive modernization in the commercial vehicle industry in India and the developing world.

As a part of the transaction, in addition to acquiring 45.6 per cent of the shareholding of VECV, AB Volvo had also acquired 22.75 lakh shares of EML representing 8.4 per cent of equity capital of the company.

“This divestment will have no bearing whatsoever on VE Commercial Vehicles Limited (VECV), which will continue to be governed as an equal partnership venture,” the statement said.

The shareholding pattern and governance framework of VECV remains unchanged, it added.

“Both the joint venture partners are committed to nurture this further in the exciting period that lies ahead, as the commercial vehicle industry looks to revive after a long period of downturn,” it said.

VECV’s business includes the complete range of Eicher trucks and buses, VE Powertrain, Eicher’s components and engineering design services businesses as well as the sales and distribution business of Volvo trucks within India. Eicher shares were trading at Rs. 16,100 apiece, up 1.31 per cent, on the BSE.