Porsche "a Hedge Fund With a Captive Automotive Business?"

Alex L. Dykes
by Alex L. Dykes

Porsche's hook-up with VW has paid off– big style. In the first fiscal half of 2007, the Stuttgart automaker's stake in VW generated 2.1b euros ($2.83b) for the formerly fully independent carmaker. According to Reuters, Porsche has taken steps to guard their new cash cow: they've secured financial derivative contracts to limit their foreign exchange exposure and secure the value of their 31 percent stake in VW. Porsche is also hiving-off its own car production operations into a separate corporate entity. Despite the VW-cash bonanza, Porsche CEO Wiedeking is still not satisfied by VW's restructuring progress. This from the man who's watched Cayenne sales plunged 41 percent in the last six months.

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  • Farside808 Farside808 on Jul 13, 2007

    Buying derivatives is only risky if you don't own the underlying security. Seeing as how Porsche actually owns a chunk of VW, and they have exposure with exchange rates, buying derivatives is actually a pretty smart move - kinda like buying insurance. oh...those wacky Germans!

  • Turkeey Turkeey on Jul 14, 2007

    I agree with farside808. Even if you don't own the underlying security, derivatives are great ways to protect against exposure to uncertainties and catastrophic loss (and doing so comes relatively cheap).

  • Seldomawake Seldomawake on Jul 16, 2007

    This may be a stupid question, but what are the odds that parts-sharing will allow me to buy a People's Porsche?

  • Steven Lang Steven Lang on Jul 16, 2007

    Every international auto manufacturer uses derivatives to minimize currency risk. This is nothing new.