Chinese car giant previously offered to acquire the share at a reduced rate and was rejected by Daimler
Jimi Beckwith
15 December 2017

Volvo owner Geely will buy 3-5% of Mercedes-Benz's parent company at a cost of £3.52 billion, according to Chinese state media. 

The acquisition would make Geely the third-biggest Daimler shareholder, overtaking the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, which owns 3.1%. Currently, 70.7% of Daimler is owned by institutional investors, while 19.4% is owned by private investors. Kuwait holds a 6.8% stake. 

Daimler previously rejected an offer by Geely to buy a stake at a reduced rate, but told the Chinese company that it could buy shares in the open market, according to Reuters.

The move is part of an aggressive expansion by Geely, which shot to prominence in Europe after acquiring Volvo in 2010 from Ford and went on to buy The London Taxi Company in 2012. It established the Lynk&Co brand in 2016 and acquired a majority stake in Lotus and almost half of Proton parent company DRB-Hicom this year. 

Geely also recently bought the American flying car start-up Terrafugia, with an ambition to launch its first flying vehicle in 2019. 

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16 December 2017

Geely are putting a finger into so many pies, I cannot see how they can keep all these balls up in the air for very long. Maybe the Chinese government is throwing money into their bank balance to enable them, in which case they should be thoroughly rebuked. You cannot have state backed companies competing with private enterprise, it will wreck the system eventually.

Allowing the Chinese in will just make another problem for the west in the future as know-how is shipped back to China and then used against the west, as a political instrument.

18 December 2017

Geely is a private company

18 December 2017

Don't see the point of this financial investment, £3.5bn is significant money which can surely be used better elsewhere?

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