Discussion in 'Stocks' started by dealmaker, Jun 21, 2017.

  1. dealmaker


    Harley-Davidson enters race to buy Italian rival Ducati: sources

    A Harley-Davidson bike is displayed in their head office in Singapore October 13, 2016.REUTERS/Edgar Su

    ByPamela Barbaglia|LONDON
    U.S. motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson (HOG.N) is lining up a takeover bid for Italian rival Ducati, potentially bringing together two of the most famous names in motorcycling in a deal that could be worth up to 1.5 billion euros ($1.67 billion), sources told Reuters.

    Indian motorcycle maker Bajaj Auto (BAJA.NS) and several buyout funds are also preparing bids for Ducati, which is being put up for sale by German carmaker Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE).

    A deal with Harley-Davidson would bring together the maker of touring bikes like the Electra Glide that are symbolic of America with a leading European maker whose high-performance bikes have a distinguished racing heritage.

    Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson has hired Goldman Sachs to work on the deal, one source familiar with the matter said, adding tentative bids were expected in July.

    Volkswagen, whose Audi division controls Ducati – maker of the iconic Monster motorbike – is working with investment boutique Evercore on the sale which will help it fund a strategic overhaul following its emissions scandal.

    Based in the northern Italian city of Bologna, Ducati was on the wish list of private equity funds KKR (KKR.N), Bain Capital and Permira, which are all working on the deal, said the sources who declined to be identified as the process is private.

    Ducati was launched in 1926 as a maker of vacuum tubes and radio components and its Bologna factory remained open in World War Two despite being the target of several bombings.

    Ducati racers have won the Superbike world championship 14 times, with Carl Fogarty and Troy Bayliss its most successful riders.

    Harley-Davidson, which commands about half the U.S. big-bike market, was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the start of the last century and was one of two major American motorcycle manufacturers to survive the great depression.

    Demand for Harley's motorcycles continues to be slow as its loyal baby boomer demographic ages and rivals such as the Indian brand bike maker Polaris Industries Inc (PII.N) and Japan's Honda Motor Co Ltd (7267.T) offer discounts.

    Volkswagen's powerful labor unions, which control half the seats on the carmaker's 20-strong supervisory board, repeated their opposition to selling the Italian motorcycle maker.

    "Ducati is a jewel, the sale of which is not supported by the labor representatives on Volkswagen's supervisory board," a spokesman for VW group's works council said in an email.

    "Harley-Davidson is miles behind Ducati in technology terms," he added.

  2. dumpdapump


    Yeah, I don't get why VW would sell Ducati. If any of the buyout firms (vultures) get their hands on it then it's the end for Ducati as we know it. I am a motorcycle enthusiast and love Ducati, though I also owned Harley before, let's hope the brand and technology does not end up in the hands of some who merely try to squeeze some extra profit out of the company ans hence destroy every inch of trust in its innovative and technology advantage it so far commanded.

  3. dealmaker


    Volkswagen owns: Audi,Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, and overseas-brands SEAT and Skoda. They'll sell more as the emissions ramifications turn out costlier than projected.
  4. dumpdapump


    I am not sure that this is it. VW has very long standing power and they make very strategic and long term decisions (sadly also in the emissions cheating). For example they were in China and saved Chinese during the Japanese invasion in Nanjing where no American car maker was to be seen, one reason, why VW is a highly respected brand in China and sells Audis like in no other country. The emissions settlements will be paid out over many years and VW can easily cover that. It is not a one time payment.

  5. dealmaker


    As per this article http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/news/a33322/volkswagen-ducati-sale/ it is because of the emissions scandal, I am guessing that their settlement in Europe will be much higher than in US. At this point these are all speculations but within time, we will know the actual reasons behind the sale.
  6. dumpdapump


    sounds like a lot of speculation in that article rather than sharp analysis. But thanks for posting.

  7. vanzandt


    There's no follow thru on the volume today.
    Tops in.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2017
  8. dealmaker


    Usually you short the buyer so top might be in...
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2017
  9. vanzandt


    Yeah it was at $56.70ish when I posted that.
    Got down to .23 at the close.
    Harley has a lot of debt, unionized workforce, and sales are anemic. This news..., if it were to happen... is way down the road anyway.
    Classic "sell the news" short play.
  10. dealmaker


    Amid sales drop, Harley-Davidson wants to teach more to ride
    Harley-Davidson is placing a renewed emphasis on teaching people to ride as part of its efforts to attract more customers. The Milwaukee-based company’s decision to expand the number of dealerships with a Harley “Riding Academy” comes as the industry grapples with years of declining sales and an aging customer base.(Associated Press)
    #10     Dec 28, 2017