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Ducati To Be Sold For £875 Million? ($1.4B)
15th August 2011

Could it really be? Reports coming out over the weekend say that Ducati may soon be up for sale.

Investindustrial, the private equity group who has owned Ducati for the last three years, is reportedly preparing the company for sale.

Ducati made £79m last year which would set the price tag of around £875m.

Reports are suggesting that Ducati wish to emulate other luxury brands like Ferrari, Rolls-Royce and Bentley by expanding the range and making more of the Chinese and Indian markets.

Whilst Ducati have been on a revival of late with the arrival of Valentino Rossi and sales outperforming the majority of Japanese rivals, it is thought expansion needs to happen now and quickly.

Ducati started in 1926 by three brothers, Adriano, Marcello and Bruno Ducati, who founded Societa Scientifica Radio Brevetti Ducati in Bologna producing various radio components.

It wasnít until 1950 that the Ducati firm offered its own motorcycle, using the Cucciolo engine from SIATA. The bike was 60cc and had a top speed of 40mph. Ducati soon dropped the Cucciolo name eventually renaming the bike 55M and 65TL.

It is thought that if Investindustrial arenít selling they are preparing to float Ducati, which would allow enthusiasts to own some unusually evocative share certificates.


WALL STREET JOURNAL:

LONDON (Dow Jones)--The private equity owners of iconic motorcycle maker Ducati will decide whether to float or launch a private sale process next year, a person familiar with the situation told Dow Jones Newswires Monday.

Investindustrial became the largest shareholder of the Italian company in 2006, subsequently taking over control with an 84.6% stake in June 2008. Under Investindustrial's ownership, Ducati has tapped into the demand for luxury brands in emerging markets, especially Asia, and doubled its market share over the last five years to 9% despite a contraction in the overall market.

Ducati posted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of GBP79 million in 2010. It is also due to launch a new motorbike in December following the success of its Diavel model, which was launched in January.

The company's strong performance, especially in Asia, could pave the way for a Hong Kong listing, following the recent initial public offerings of luxury companies such as Italian fashion house Prada SpA (1913.HK) and U.S. luggage-maker Samsonite International SA (1910.HK).

However, no decision on a sale will be taken until investors have been able to assess the performance of Ducati's new models, and a dual-track process to attract trade buyers is also an option. Just last week, Investindustrial sold Permasteelisa SpA, which makes cladding for buildings such as London's Shard of Glass, to Japanese conglomerate JS Group Corp. (5938.TO) for EUR600 million.


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Hmmm....so is this a bad thing? sounds like a way to keep the money rolling in.
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I'd say chances are they will test recovered markets with an IPO next year


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Better hope it ain't bought up by HD...we've seen what happens in that situation.
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I always thought Ducati's EBITDA would be more than $79 million. That's not much at all...


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I always thought Ducati's EBITDA would be more than $79 million. That's not much at all...
Those are pounds ..that's about $130M


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Ahh much better. They can probably triple that if they opened up to the Chinese/Indian markets with cheaper alternatives but who knows...


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You're not the only one who seems to think that. Check out the Asphalt & Rubber article covering that particular rumour:

http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/news...-ducati-stock/

Also, the article quotes Ducati's 2010 EBITDA at $155 million, not $130 million.

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You're not the only one who seems to think that. Check out the Asphalt & Rubber article covering that particular rumour:

http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/news...-ducati-stock/

Also, the article quotes Ducati's 2010 EBITDA at $155 million, not $130 million.

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