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Old 26th May 2009, 08:31   #1
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Porsche facing $3.5b cash shortfall, narrowly avoided bankruptcy

Porsche has been trying to obtain a majority stake in Volkswagen for some time now, but it looks as though that quest has pushed the German sports car maker to the brink. Porsche has now racked up more than $12 billion in debt and was reportedly close to filing for bankruptcy in March.

According to Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine, Porsche nearly filed for bankruptcy back in March and was only saved by a $978 million cash infusion from Volkswagen. Despite that loan, Porsche still requires another $3.5 billion just to meet its operation requirements.According to The Local Porsche has asked the German government for $140 million in emergency loans, but the German government is reluctant to move forward with the funding. Moreover, even if Porsche lands the loans from the German government, it will only be a fraction of what the German automaker needs to keep the doors open.
Porsche’s true financial health remains a bit of a mystery at this point, but it sounds as if Porsche’s management may have bitten off a little more than it could chew with the VW deal. Porsche says it’s still interested in taking control of VW but all talks will be on hold until the company can shore up its financial standing.
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This is really surprising. Porsche was always known to be the manufacturer with the highest profit margins in the industry.
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Recession has thrown a lot of surprises on all of us! Porsche and going bankrupt when we are all discussing GM?
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This is really surprising. Porsche was always known to be the manufacturer with the highest profit margins in the industry.
It is not the car manufaturing that bled them - that is very healthy. It is the hedge fund business which has bit them hard
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It is quite funny actually. A company that most other manufacturers admired for years is now struggling financially. I love Porsche and hope they recover as soon as possible, but it is quite funny. They seem to have redefined the term "Bitten off more than they can chew" .
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They should be fine once the recession passes. Their loss making investments will turn into profit making ones. It's only a question of riding the tide out till then...
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Just the other day, Porsche was mounting a hostile takeover of VW. Looks like the tables have been completely turned around now. Hope Porsche gets through this.

For those that are unfamiliar with Porsche's finances, their main source of profitability came from an investment banking type operation they have been running. That's what enabled them to make a move on VW.

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Lightbulb Porsche: A hedge fund that also makes cars

Here is an excellent article that combines three of my areas of interest: Automobiles, Hedge Funds & Hostile Takeovers.
This is a saga about how the firm made more money trading FX markets than automobiles. The hunter can become the hunted, other things never remain constant, and if your good there's always someone better out there waiting in the wings


http://priceonomics.com/porsche-the-...lso-made-cars/
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Brilliant article. This can be made into a Hollywood movie
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