BERLIN (Dow Jones) – Daimler AG will sell to a report in the Financial Times Germany "in the current year its remaining 15-percent equity stake in European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS. (Photo: BDLI / EADS)
From industry sources had been reported that Daimler to sell the shares while the federal government, urge, however at a price, as it would pay outside investors, according to the report published on Tuesday. Thus, there exists the interest of Arab investment companies.
"We do not comment on the speculation," a Daimler spokesman for Dow Jones Newswires: "In the long term, we will ask ourselves, however, the discussion of the shareholder structure of EADS." He also pointed out that the agreement had been written about the ownership structure by 2012. Daimler currently holds 22% of the voting rights, but has sold 7.5% of its shares in 2007 to a consortium of banks.
The federal government refrained from comment on the report. Neither the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) nor the Federal Economics Ministry (BMWi) wanted to give on Tuesday at the request of Dow Jones Newswires to an opinion. EADS would also not comment on the report and referred to the shareholders.
According to government sources, the newspaper said, is to be the issue of the EADS stake boss. On 23 Wanted to talk in February, Chancellor Merkel, Finance Minister Schäuble, Vice Chancellor and Minister of Economy Westerwelle Brüderle in the Chancellery of EADS.
Daimler exaggerating the phase-advanced in part because of the re-emerging risks of EADS. The investment is politically sensitive. Germany and France have created over anchor shareholders, a balance of power in the Airbus parent, which would interfere with the withdrawal of Daimler in danger.
Last week, already told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, "the Stuttgart-based car manufacturer wanted to sell. The talks, however, stood at the beginning.