German Government Considering Minority Stake in TKMS
The German government is considering taking a minority stake in Thyssenkrupp's warship division Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius said during a visit to Kiel on Tuesday.
The consideration process would take until the end of the year, Pistorius said, according to a defense ministry spokesperson.
Thyssenkrupp is looking for a standalone future for TKMS, which builds submarines and frigates, and has mentioned a listing, partial sale, merger or joint venture as possibilities to reach its goal.
Last week, a leading worker representative told Reuters that Berlin was expected to decide within weeks whether to take a stake in TKMS, adding this was a precondition for any sale.
He said at the time that the German government did not reject in principle the idea of taking a stake in TKMS and Berlin had understood that it had to take a more active role in the sector's consolidation.
Thyssenkrupp is also still in discussions with potential suitors for a stake in TKMS, including private equity firm Carlyle, people familiar with the matter said.
Thyssenkrupp had no immediate comment.
Carlyle declined to comment.
(Reuters - Reporting by Sabine Siebold, Tom Kaeckenhoff and Christoph Steitz; Writing by Miranda Murray; Editing by Rachel More and Angus MacSwan)