Renault cuts Nissan stake to 15% after transferring shares to trust

Renault cuts Nissan stake to 15% after transferring shares to trust

Automotive News Europe — 2023-11-08

Automotive Industry

Renault has cut its stake in Nissan to 15% from about 43% by placing 28.4% of the Japanese automaker in a French trust, the companies said in an alliance statement, putting them on equal footing.

The new agreement for the restructured alliance between Renault, Nissan and their junior partner Mitsubishi Motors came into effect on Wedensday 1 November, the automakers said in the statement.

"This next chapter of the alliance will build on the foundations of the long‐standing partnership and will maximize value creation for each alliance member," the statement said.

Nissan and Renault finalized the terms of the deal in July after unveiling a sweeping overhaul of their partnership in London early this year, after months of intense negotiation amid the Japanese automaker's concerns about protecting its intellectual property in future collaborations.

The companies had already said in January that Renault would put roughly 28% of Nissan in a French trust to make them more equal partners.

Nissan has as part of the deal committed to invest up to 600 m ($641.10 m) in Renault's electric vehicle unit, Ampere, consistent with it being a strategic investor and securing a board seat on the company.

Mitsubishi has separately committed to invest up to 200 m in the unit, which Renault hopes to list on the market through an initial public offering by next spring.