The initial public offering is planned for the next few months “conditional upon the market environment”, it was reported in a press release from Stadler Rail. The manufacturer of railway rolling stock from the St.GallenBodenseeArea will be selling only the stake owned by Peter Spuhler. President of the Board of Directors Peter Spuhler owns 80 percent of shares in the company. Of the rest, 10 percent is owned by the RAG Foundation and 10 percent by management members. However, Peter Spuhler “will remain involved long term as the largest shareholder and President of Stadler” even after the flotation.
In the press release, Stadler highlights the “exceptional growth performance” of recent years. The “long-term growth prospects of the rail industry” were also identified, which are underpinned by factors such as population growth and urbanization. In addition, the company has “an attractive credit profile, consisting of high and evidently long-term sales growth, strong profitability, high capital turnover, industry-leading economic profit margins and a strong balance sheet with a net cash position”.
The flotation is therefore the “next natural step for Stadler”. This will further enhance the reputation and recognition of the company in its international markets.