Porsche At Risk Of Bankruptcy Over VW Option Trades

May 25, 2009
Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking with CFO Holger Härter

Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking with CFO Holger Härter

These days, liquidity is in short supply for all hedge funds, and it comes as no surprise the hedge fund wannabe Porsche (POAHF) suffers from the same liquidity squeeze symptoms as many of its hedge fund brethren. The liquidity situation for Porsche will be critical over the next three weeks.

Recall that Porsche engineered a massive short squeeze of Volkswagen common stock (VLKAF) just a few months ago. Volkswagen’s common had been shorted by arbitrageurs who went long the undervalued preferred (VLKPF) at the same time. When Porsche announced that it had acquired 75% of Volkswagen through options and intended to take over the firm, the common stock soared while the preferred didn’t budge. This led to large losses for the hedge funds when they had to cover their short positions in the common.

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Executive Compensation 2.0: Porsche Leads By Example

December 19, 2007

Porsche (ticker: PSEPF) CEO Wendlin Wiedeking In a year where Home Depot (ticker: HD) Bob Nardelli’s $210 million golden parachute set a new record for pay without performance, Porsche (ticker: PSEPF) CEO Wendlin Wiedeking’s €68 million ($100.2 million) compensation contrasts as a precedent for good compensation and the alignment of shareholder and executive interests.

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