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OSLO (Reuters) -Shares of Swedish automaker Volvo (OTC:) Automobiles fell as a lot as 14% to a document low on Friday after its majority shareholder, China’s Geely, bought a small a part of its stake at a deep low cost to the day past’s closing value.
Geely on Thursday launched a inserting of 100 million Volvo Automobiles shares, which the deal’s bookrunners mentioned after the market shut had been bought at round 37 Swedish crowns every, or $350 million in complete. The inventory had closed at 40.84 crowns.
The sale of the three.4% stake leaves Geely with a holding in Volvo Automobiles of 78.7%, the Chinese language firm mentioned in an announcement.
“The inserting will improve the free float and additional broaden the shareholder base of Volvo Automobiles. Proceeds obtained by Geely Holding are supposed for use to assist enterprise growth throughout the group,” it added.
Not one of the money from the share sale went to Volvo Automobiles.
“This improve in our public float and enchancment in buying and selling liquidity advantages each new and current traders. It permits a wider base of shareholders to put money into Volvo Automobiles,” the Swedish firm’s CEO Jim Rowan mentioned in an announcement.
Volvo Automobiles declined to remark additional on the share sale.
At 0926 GMT, Volvo Automobiles shares had been down 10.9% at 36.38 crowns, having traded as little as 35.25 crowns.
Goldman Sachs, BNP Paribas (OTC:) and SEB had been bookrunners for the transaction, Geely mentioned.
Geely Holding has dedicated to a lock-up interval of 90 days for its remaining shareholding, “topic to customary exceptions and waivers” by the bookrunners.