Consolidated subsidiaries

On March 14, 2014, Volkswagen AG published an offer to the shareholders of Scania Aktiebolag, Södertälje, (“Scania”) to acquire all Scania A and Scania B shares. Each Scania A share conveys one vote at the general meeting, while each Scania B share conveys one-tenth of a vote. There are no other legal differences between Scania A and B shares. Volkswagen AG offered SEK 200 for each Scania share, regardless of share class. One of the conditions of the offer was that it resulted in the Volkswagen Group holding more than 90 percent of the total number of Scania shares. When the offer to the Scania shareholders was published, the present value of the put options granted amounting to approximately €6.7 billion was recognized as a current liability without affecting profit or loss. The Group’s retained earnings declined by the same amount.

Starting on May 7, 2014, Volkswagen acquired a total of 2.4 million Scania shares outside the offer (10,941 A shares and 2,400,679 B shares). This corresponds to 0.30% of Scania shares and 0.06% of the voting rights.

The condition for the Volkswagen Group to hold more than 90% of the total number of Scania shares was satisfied on May 13, 2014, and Volkswagen initiated a squeeze-out for the Scania shares that were not tendered in the course of the offer.

At the end of the second extended acceptance period on June 5, 2014, the number of shares tendered under the terms of the offer, together with the shares already held by Volkswagen either directly or indirectly, amounted to a total of 796.6 million Scania shares, comprising 398.7 million A shares and 397.8 million B shares. This corresponds to 99.57% of Scania shares and 99.66% of the voting rights.

On completion of the offer, the equity interest in Scania previously attributable to noncontrolling interest shareholders amounting to €2,123 million was required to be reclassified from noncontrolling interests to the reserves attributable to the shareholders of Volkswagen AG. The difference of €4,527 million reduced the retained earnings attributable to Volkswagen AG shareholders by the same amount.

The changes in the carrying amount of the liability of €96 million that was recognized when the offer was published, which were due primarily to exchange rate movements, were recognized in the financial result in profit or loss.

In the previous year, the shares already tendered resulted in a cash outflow of €6,535 million, net of exchange rate effects. This amount is reported within financing activities in the cash flow statement for fiscal year 2014 as an outflow from capital transactions with noncontrolling interests. At the prior-year reporting date, a liability of €78 million from put options and compensation rights granted to noncontrolling interest shareholders was recognized for the remaining shares that are subject to the squeeze-out. The court of arbitration with jurisdiction has now decided that the remaining shares will be transferred to Volkswagen. On January 14, 2015, it was confirmed to us that the period for appealing against this decision had ended. As of that date, Volkswagen controls 100% of the shares in Scania. Volkswagen AG paid out the noncontrolling interest shareholders on April 21, 2015. A judicial decision has yet to be taken on the appropriate settlement.

The other changes in the basis of consolidation are shown in the following table:

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Initially consolidated





of which: subsidiaries previously carried at cost





of which: newly acquired subsidiaries




of which: newly formed subsidiaries















of which: mergers





of which: liquidations





of which: sales/other









The initial inclusion of these subsidiaries, either individually or collectively, did not have a significant effect on the presentation of the net assets, financial position and results of operations. The unconsolidated structured entities are immaterial from a Group perspective. In particular, they do not give rise to any significant risks to the Group.