AP4 comments upon the Volkswagen bid for Scania

The Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund's (AP4) will carefully assess and evaluate the bid that now has been placed on Scania. It is an important task. Scania is a world-class company and holds a long track record of positive development as an independent and listed company. There are good reasons to believe that this can be upheld also in the future.

We are, however currently at the trough of the economic cycle, a fact that makes any assessments difficult.

In parallel we have noticed that the last years with Volkswagen as dominating shareholder have been burdened by disagreements. Volkswagen has, by using the strength of its A-shares, to a large extent ignored the 40-percent shareholder minority group and barred it from insight as well as from influence.

For a long-term investor as AP4, all aspects must be taken into consideration. It is not evident that the price offered will benefit the Swedish senior citizens in the long run.

Published Monday, February 24, 2014