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Renault cancels Ampere IPO

Published 30/01/2024, 07:44 am
Updated 30/01/2024, 07:44 am
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Global automotive giant, Renault (EPA:RENA) has officially called off the IPO of its subsidiary, Ampere.

"Cancellation of the Ampere IPO should be positive for current shareholders," wrote analysts in a note. Jefferies holds a Buy rating on the French automaker.

Analysts from Jefferies anticipate that this unexpected move will bring about positive implications for existing shareholders by minimizing upfront dilution and streamlining the overall investment case.

The cancellation of the IPO is seen as a strategic alignment with Renault's commitment to the Ampere industrial project. This initiative aims to enhance efficiency in electric vehicle (EV) operations by implementing innovative engineering, software development, and manufacturing processes, all housed under the comprehensive umbrella of ElectriCity.

Despite the cancellation, both Nissan (OTC:NSANY) and Mitsubishi Motors (OTC:MMTOF) Corporation (MMC) maintain the option to invest in Ampere

Estimates as of the year-end in 2023 reveal that Renault boasts a net liquidity exceeding €4 billion, with €765 million attributed to the sale of Nissan shares. A strong financial standing positions Renault to support Ampere's ambitious projects and expansion plans.

Crucially, the decision to pursue an organic solution rather than opting for an IPO is expected to keep Renault's management focused during a pivotal period for the automotive industry. Industry experts see this approach as a means of enhancing management credibility in terms of effective capital allocation.

Analysts highlighted the timing of the cancellation amid a current market sentiment characterized by a low point in negative EV sentiment. This unique positioning could potentially bring about an upside for Renault shares.

While the prevailing valuation trends may have rendered an IPO less attractive, the cancellation aligns Renault with evolving market dynamics, potentially yielding benefits for existing shareholders.

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