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SBD Global/November 12, 2013/Finance

Ecclestone Promises FIA 1% Stake In CVC In Return For Commercial Agreement

Bernie Ecclestone said he promised FIA a 1% stake in F1's parent company.

F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that he has promised a 1% stake in F1's parent company to the sport's governing body, FIA, "in return for it signing a new commercial agreement" until the end of '20, according to Christian Sylt of the London GUARDIAN. The sport's 11 teams were already signed up to the end of  '20, "so getting a commitment from the governing body paves the way for F1's long-awaited stock market flotation." Ecclestone said, "The FIA gets 1% if F1 floats but the teams don't have shares." The largest F1 shareholder, private equity firm CVC, has put a $12B valuation on F1, "but the float has been stalled by the lack of agreement from the FIA and legal hurdles." Legal wrangles "are not the only reason that a float of F1 has not got the green light." It was due to take place on the Singapore stock exchange in June last year, "but CVC halted it because of the eurozone crisis" (GUARDIAN, 11/10). In London, Kevin Eason wrote Ecclestone "insisted that Formula One's reputation was undamaged" after a fourth day of testimony before England's High Court. The F1 CEO left court "in high spirits," off to the U.S. for Sunday's Grand Prix in Texas, and "claiming that good had come from the airing of evidence." Ecclestone: "It's good because a lot of facts have come out of it" (LONDON TIMES, 11/12).

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