Thyssenkrupp Shares Rise on Elevator-Deal Report

Date : 05/16/2019 @ 9:33AM
Source : Dow Jones News

Thyssenkrupp Shares Rise on Elevator-Deal Report

   By Nathan Allen 
 

Thyssenkrupp AG (TKA.XE) shares traded higher Thursday, extending a prolonged patch of volatility for the German conglomerate, after Reuters reported that Finnish rival Kone Oyj (KNEBV.HE) is considering a deal for its elevator unit.

The report of Kone's interest comes less than a week after Thyssenkrupp said it wants to spin off and list the unit, which could be valued at around 14 billion euros ($15.68 billion), abandoning previous plans to split the group in two.

Thyssenkrupp's strategic U-turn drove the stock up nearly 30% last Friday, but shares subsequently returned to trade around their prior level amid a slew of analyst downgrades, poor second-quarter results and a general selloff in equities.

Still, at 0754 GMT Thyssenkrupp had regained 3.2% to trade at EUR12.56, after climbing as high as EUR12.92 earlier in the day.

Speculation about some form of tie-up between Kone and Thyssenkrupp has circulated for several years without ever progressing to a concrete offer. German media has reported that Thyssenkrupp's largest shareholder, the Alfried Krupp Foundation, met with Kone shareholder Antti Herlin to discuss a deal as far back as 2016.

The current deliberations are also likely to prove abortive, according to Jefferies analyst Alan Spence. While a listing would provide a quick cash injection to bolster Thyssenkrupp's balance sheet and fund much-needed restructuring, a merger would likely become mired in antitrust proceedings, delaying any potential gains until at least 2021, Mr. Spence said.

Such a deal could produce significant cost savings and the two companies' portfolios are broadly complementary, despite some geographical overlap, the analyst said.

 

Write to Nathan Allen at nathan.allen@dowjones.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

May 16, 2019 04:18 ET (08:18 GMT)

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