Porsche, the debt-laden German sports carmaker, on Monday rejected Volkswagen's offer to buy a 49 percent stake as the damaging power struggle between the two companies escalated. "It's not a viable option to sell 49.9 percent of Porsche AG to VW," a Porsche spokesman told German news agency DPA.
The supervisory board chairman of Porsche, Wolfgang Porsche, and works council chief Uwe Hück responded to the offer by issuing a joint statement saying: "We will not be blackmailed."
Porsche's tough stance could worsen its problems. According to business daily Handelsblatt, the emirate of Qatar, the last prospective investor that could still preserve Porsche from being swallowed up by Vokswagen, has called for a decision soon and is only interested in buying a stake in a merged VW/Porsche group, not in either of the two companies separately.
The dispute pushed down VW stock by up to to five percent to 237 on Monday. "The quarrelling between VW and Porsche is weighing on the stock," one share trader said. "The investors are worried that the companies are focusing too much on their power struggle and not enough on their business."
cro -- with wire reports
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