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It was one year ago that Ferrari parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] announced that the storied Italian supercar manufacturer and race team would be spun off and its shares listed on the New York Stock Exchange via an initial public offering.
Since then, it’s been revealed that Ferrari will be listed as a Dutch holding company, though it will remain an Italian resident for tax purposes. And financial powerhouse UBS is coordinating the global effort to take the company public, with the shares almost certain to be oversubscribed.
Under the deal, most of Ferrari will end up in the hands of existing FCA shareholders, primarily the Agnelli family-controlled Exor, with Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari’s son Piero to retain his own 10 percent stake. The remainder, about 9 percent, is what will be sold to the public in the IPO.
According to a filing made on Friday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the sale of the 9 percent stake will consist of 17.2 million shares valued at $48 to $52 each. At the upper limit, Ferrari would be valued at $9.82 billion. It will trade under the apt ticker symbol RACE.
As Bloomberg points out, Ferrari will take on some debt from FCA and subsequently issue its own debt, leaving it with an enterprise value of about $12 billion. This is basically a sum of its market cap and debts less cash holdings, and it comes close to the $11 billion FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said Ferrari was worth when the IPO was first filed.
Other tidbits revealed in the filings include confirmation that Ferrari will lift its production volume to around 9,000 cars annually by 2019, up from around 7,255 in 2014, and that Piero Ferrari will not only keep his 10 percent stake in the company but also pocket a cash payment of approximately $318.5 million.
Ferrari’s IPO is expected to get underway later this year.