Ducati earmarked for sale

Posted on 13 Feb 2012 by Tim Brown

The Financial Times have reported that Ducati is set to be sold by its Italian private-equity owner for over £1bn ($1.6bn) and three times its initial investment.

Investindustrial had originally proposed that the Italian manufacturer be floated on the stock market with a Hong Kong public listing at the end of 2011, but a sale to a rival or large car group is now more likely, claimed the FT.

Investindustrial’s chairman Andrea Bonomi told the paper: “Ducati is now a perfect company but the further growth it requires needs the support of a world-class industrial partner.” He added that several groups in Asia, Europe and the US were interested in a buy-out of Ducati.