China's Dongfeng and Peugeot to agree on capital tie-up: source
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[February 18, 2014]
By Samuel Shen and Kazunori Takada
SHANGHAI (Reuters) — China's Dongfeng
Motor Group Co Ltd <0489.HK> and PSA Peugeot Citroen <PEUP.PA> will
sign a memorandum of understanding on a capital tie-up between the
two carmakers on Tuesday, a Dongfeng source told Reuters.
The source said the non-binding agreement would involve Dongfeng and
the French government each injecting 800 million euros ($1.10
billion) for 14 percent stakes in the French carmaker.
The fundraising by PSA would total 3 billion euros after selling new
shares to existing shareholders, said the source, who declined to be
identified because the information was not yet public.
The Peugeot family's 25 percent stake and 38 percent of voting
rights would be diluted to parity with the government and Dongfeng,
short of the one-third required to veto decisions. The deal would
end the Peugeot clan's control of the company it founded in 1810 as
a maker of tools and coffee grinders.
Dongfeng spokesman Zhou Mi said an announcement related to the PSA
deal would be made on Wednesday.
Sources told Reuters on Monday that PSA Peugeot's founding family
had given the go-ahead for the tie-up with China's second-biggest
carmaker. The plan is due to be approved by Peugeot's board on
Tuesday and announced the following day, sources have said.
Peugeot, among the worst casualties of Europe's six-year market
slump, is being kept afloat by 7 billion euros in state guarantees
to its sales financing arm that expire next year.
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Sources have said Peugeot plans to sell new stock to Dongfeng and
the French state priced at 7.50 euros, a 41 percent discount on
Monday's 12.79 euro closing price, followed by a rights issue to
Shares of Dongfeng were suspended on Tuesday pending an
announcement, it said in a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange.
The shares closed down 1.6 percent at HK$10.96 on Monday.
($1 = 0.7298 euros)
(Editing by Paul Tait and Stephen
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