March 28, 2014 07:36 UTC

Volvo Group to Divest Commercial Real Estate

GÖTEBORG, Sweden--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Regulatory News:

Companies in the Volvo Group (STO:VOLVA)(STO:VOLVB) have signed an agreement to sell commercial real estate to companies jointly owned by Hemfosa Fastigheter AB and AB Sagax, and to companies owned by AB Sagax. The purchase consideration, on a cash and debt free basis, is expected to be approximately SEK 2 bn. At the time of completion of the transaction, net financial debt in the Volvo Group’s Industrial Operation is expected to be reduced by approximately SEK 1.9 bn. The transaction is expected to have a positive impact on the Group’s operating income of approximately SEK 900 M in the second quarter of 2014. Completion of the transaction is subject to approval from the Swedish Competition Authority.

The transaction covers to a large extent real estate in Gothenburg owned by the Volvo Group and leased to external tenants. The Volvo Group has decided to sell the real estate as it has been deemed not strategic for the Volvo Group to continue as landlord and owner. The transaction also includes properties in Denmark, Sweden and Finland, where the real estate to a large extent will be rented by companies in the Volvo Group.

The transaction is expected to have a positive impact on operating income in the segment “Trucks” of SEK 200 M and in the segment “Group functions, corporate functions and other” of SEK 700 M in the second quarter of 2014.

The transaction is expected to be closed in the second quarter of 2014.

March 28, 2014

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