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Fiat Chrysler launches Ferrari IPO

2015-10-12 13:51

WALL STREET BOUND: Fiat Chrysler said the initial public offering will price Ferrari at $48 and $52 per share, which will value one of F1's most famous marques at $9.8 billion. Image: AFP/ Giuseppe Cacace

Milan, Italy - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has begun the process of selling a near 10% stake in luxury sports car brand Ferrari to Wall Street investors.

In a statement Monday (October 12), Fiat Chrysler said the initial public offering will price Ferrari at $48 and $52 per share, which will value one of Formula 1's most famous marques at $9.8 billion.

Fiat said the stake sale is part of a "series of transactions to separate Ferrari from FCA." It said the sale is aimed at distinguishing the luxury brand from its mass-market parent, while unlocking value in sports car maker to raise money to support Fiat Chrysler's growth plans.

Trade under RACE symbol

Ferrari shares will be traded under the symbol RACE. No date for the start of trading was given and as in the case when Fiat merged with Chrysler there will be no secondary listing in Europe.

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne was setting out immediately to persuade investors of the value inherent in Ferrari.

After the float of 10% of the share capital, Fiat Chrysler will retain about an 80% share, which it said it intends to distribute to its own shareholders early in 2016. The Ferrari family owns the remaining 10%.

Fiat Chrysler is offering a 9% share on the market, while underwriters have a collective option for a 1% stake.

Shares in Fiat Chrysler rose 1.7% to €14.05 in Milan trading.

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