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Cevian poops Thyssenkrupp’s hydrogen party

LONDON, Nov 23 (Reuters Breakingviews) – So a lot for hopes that hydrogen may come to Thyssenkrupp’s (TKAG.DE) rescue. Swedish activist Cevian on Tuesday offered almost half its 15% stake within the ailing German conglomerate learn extra after a share value rally triggered by pleasure round manufacturing of the gasoline. Although hydrogen will play a central function within the carbon-free economic system, sector valuations within the a whole bunch of instances gross sales look suspiciously bubbly.

Cevian’s reluctance to seek out out is compounded by the losses it’s swallowing. It purchased in in 2013 and 2014 when Thyssenkrupp shares have been buying and selling round 18 euros. Assuming it offered near Tuesday’s market value, it’s accepting a 7.50 euro loss per share, or round 320 million euros in complete. Without final week’s 23% rally, the ache would have been higher nonetheless. Cevian retains a 7.9% holding within the 7 billion euro steel-to-submarines group, which might be helpful if its hydrogen plans do come off. But as votes of confidence go, it’s not nice. (By Ed Cropley)

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The Thyssenkrupp logo is seen near Lorch, Germany, September 15, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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