Today’s Pickup: Volkswagen ups stake in Navistar

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(Photo: Wjmoore17)

Good day,

Volkswagen has continued to increase its stake in Navistar following its initial buy-in in 2016. The company purchased approximately $10 million worth of shares in July through five transactions, according to documents filed with the SEC.  

In 2016, Volkswagen acquired a stake in the company with a $250 million investment. The new stock purchases up Volkswagen’s share of Navistar to about 17%.

Navistar’s latest earnings report, released on June 7, noted a 4.6% decline in revenue compared to the same quarter last year. It had revenues of $2.10 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.08 billion.

A number of investment firms have downgraded Navistar stock, including Zacks Investment Research which moved from a hold to a sell rating.

Did you know?

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Quotable:

“Our N9/10 engine family was updated in 2014 and since then has served as a competitive niche offering for specific medium-duty vehicles. As we approach future regulatory requirements, the low volume nature of the platform could not justify further product development investments on it.”

- Persio Lisboa, Navistar COO, on ending the company’s engine production in Melrose, IL

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Final Thoughts

The announcement that Navistar was ending production of its 9- and 10-liter engines means that Cummins engines will now become the standard engine for International medium-duty trucks. However, closer ties with Volkswagen could provide another choice at some point in the future.

Hammer down everyone!