Renault slashes Nissan stake as the automakers overhaul their decades-long allianc
Automobile giants Renault and Nissan on Monday agreed to restructure their decades-long alliance, in a move that would see Renault’s shareholdings in Nissan reduced from around 43% to 15%.
The deal, which still pends board approvals, would equalize the companies’ cross-shareholdings, with the carmakers now able to “freely exercise the voting rights attached to their 15% direct shareholdings, with a 15% cap,” the companies said.
The new structure would also see Renault transfer 28.4% of Nissan shares into a French trust.
Voting rights in the trust would be ”‘neutralized’ for most of the decisions, but the economic rights (dividends and shares’ sale proceeds) would still entirely benefit to Renault until such shares are sold,” according to the Monday announcement.
Renault would instruct the trustee to sell those shares if “commercially reasonable” and as part of a “coordinated and orderly process.”
The carmakers first signed their coalition in March 1999, expanding it to include junior partner Mitsubishi Motors in 2016. The Monday deal comes after months of intense discussions over the restructure of the Franco-Japanese alliance.
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