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Volvo Selling Remaining Stake In Eicher Motors

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Swedish truck maker Volvo AB is selling its remaining 3.7 per cent stake in Indian auto firm Eicher Motors, in a deal that could be valued at around $278 million, according to a term sheet seen by IFR.
 
Volvo is offering about 1 million shares in a price range of 17,190-18,190 rupees in an open market sale. Eicher shares closed at 18,191.15 on Wednesday.
 
In March, Volvo had sold 1.27 million Eicher shares for around 2.5 billion Swedish crowns ($296.05 million).
 
Volvo bought the Eicher stake in 2008 as part of a deal under which the Swedish company also set up a separate truck and bus making joint venture with Eicher in India.
 
"Eicher Motors wishes not to comment on any speculative news stories on Volvo," the company said in a statement. It added that all investments and business plans at the two companies' commercial vehicle joint venture continue as planned.
 
A Volvo spokeswoman declined to comment.
 
Volvo is under pressure to demonstrate the benefits of years of cost cuts and has, in addition to major staff cuts, also sold off non-core assets in recent years, including its aerospace division in 2012.
 
(Reuters)


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