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VW aims to raise 1.9b euros from Traton truck unit IPO

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The share offering, which values Traton at between 1.55b and 1.89b euros, begins on Monday and closes on June 27.

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VOLKSWAGEN said on Friday that it aims to raise up to 1.9 billion euros (S$2.9 billion) by floating a stake of at least 10 per cent in its Traton truck unit later this month, its second attempt to bring the business to market.

The stake size is at the bottom end of a range of 10-20 per cent that sources had earlier indicated.

The German carmaker said in a statement that the offering would be priced at 27-33 euros per share and create a free float of 10-11.5 per cent, depending on whether banks running the initial public offering exercise an over-allotment option.

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VW seeks to capitalise on the premium that truck stocks command over cars, and create an acquisition currency.

It plans to invest the proceeds in transforming its car business, as it readies the launch of dozens of electric vehicles. It has shown interest, meanwhile, in US-based truck maker Navistar.

The carmaker is being more cautious about the volume of shares it will place after halting earlier listing plans in March, when it had planned to place a stake of up to 25 per cent on the stock market.

The share offering, which values Traton at between 1.55 billion and 1.89 billion euros, will begin on Monday and close on June 27. First trading is set for June 28.REUTERS