Liam Proud joined Breakingviews in 2016. He previously worked as digital content editor at the Natural History Museum, and as deputy business features editor at the London newspaper City A.M. Liam graduated from the University of Exeter in 2013 with a degree in philosophy.
VW, Daimler and BMW are vulnerable to 25 pct auto tariffs threatened by the U.S. president, who’s also railing against GM for idling plants. The Germans could win some goodwill by taking up some of their American rivals’ spare capacity. That’s easier done for some than others.
Scout24, which hosts online ads for homes and cars, ticks two boxes for possible private equity suitors: it’s cheaper than peers and has lower margins. But a buyer like Silver Lake would struggle to load much more debt on the firm. Looming regulation is another threat to returns.
Carlos Tavares may be the most obvious European car executive to fill the Ghosn gap. But buying 22 bln euro Fiat Chrysler may be a more appealing alternative, so long as the Agnellis are looking to hand things over to the leader who best resembles the late Sergio Marchionne.