Volvo Cars and owner Geely consider merger deal

Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars and its owner, Chinese carmaker Geely, have said they are considering combining their businesses.

They said it would create “a strong global group” that “would accelerate financial and technological synergies between the two companies”.

A combined company would preserve the distinct identity of each of the brands, Volvo, Geely, Lynk & Co and Polestar, Volvo’s electric brand.

In a joint statement, they said a combined group “would have the scale, knowledge and resources to be a leader in the ongoing transformation of the automotive industry”.

Hakan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Car Group
Hakan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Car Group

It added that it would be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange “and with the intention to subsequently list in Stockholm as well”.

The two will create a joint working group to prepare a proposal for their respective boards.

A deal would be subject to approval by the boards and shareholders of Geely and Volvo Cars, as well as by regulators.

Volvo Cars is based in Gothenburg, Sweden, but has been owned by China’s Geely holding company since 2010.

Last year, the global sales for Volvo Cars, which was founded in 1922, reached a record 705,452 cars in nearly 100 countries.

It has about 41,500 full-time employees, with plants in Sweden, Belgium, South Carolina in the United States, and Chengdu, Daqing and Zhangjiakou in China.

Geely Holding has its headquarters in Hangzhou.

Its Geely Auto unit is made up of the brands Geely Auto, Geometry, Lynk & Co, Proton and Lotus.

The company also acquired British taxi maker The London Electric Vehicle Company in 2013.

The group sold more than 1.5 million cars in 2018.