Marco Polo Industrial Holding S.p.A., Pirelli’s owner and a company indirectly controlled by China National Chemical Corporation through China National Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd., has moved to the next stage of its takeover, de-listing Pirelli shares from the Italian stock exchange.
Following the re-opening of its well-reported takeover offer, Marco Polo Industrial Holding S.p.A. now owns 95.969 per cent of the ordinary share capital of Pirelli. The news suggests the takeover of Pirelli is now virtually complete and Marco Polo (which itself is owned by China National Chemical Corporation, China National Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd., Camfin S.p.A., Coinv S.p.A. and Long-Term Investments Luxembourg S.A. (which is controlled by Rosneft) is now the shareholder of basically all of Pirelli’s stock. The latest developments have taken place in the two weeks since Marco Polo became Pirelli’s majority shareholder on 8 October.
On 29 September Marco Polo Industrial Holding S.p.A purchased 45,143,033 ordinary Pirelli & C. S.p.A. shares representing approximately 9.5 per cent of the company and 190,307 savings shares from certain investment funds managed by Paulson at a price of Euro 15.00 per share.