Ducati might be sold! Hong Kong IPO also rumored!

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 18, 2012

An initial public offering may be held by the private- equity owner of Ducati Motor Holding SpA this year in Hong Kong or it may decide to sell the luxury- motorcycle maker in to a rival, according to sources. They said that it’s likely that Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) would handle the IPO of the company, which could file as early as June.

One source said that Intesa Sanpaolo SpA (ISP) could also assist with the IPO. It’s expected that Milan-based Investindustrial SpA, the private-equity firm that owns Ducati, is thinking about selling the firm to an industrial partner, which could fetch 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) with debt.

In 2008, Ducati was delisted from the Milan stock exchange. In a Feb. 12 Financial Times interview, Andrea Bonomi, chairman of Investindustrial, said that the companies in Europe and the U.S. have shown interest in Ducati.

The newspaper mentioned Volkswagen AG (VOW) and Bayerische Motoren Werke AG as among the possible buyers. There’s even speculation that Ducati could be a good fit for Harley-Davidson Inc. BMW spokesman Alexander Bilgeri said that for now, BMW isn’t interested in buying Ducati. So far, VW hasn’t commented on this report. [source: BusinessWeek]

Topics: ducati, ipo

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