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McLaren selling minority stake in F1 team; deal to value it at £560 million

McLaren selling minority stake in F1 team; deal to value it at £560 million

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Sakhir Grand Prix - Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain - December 4, 2020 McLaren's Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during practice Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

REUTERS: McLaren are selling a minority stake in their Formula One team to a consortium of U.S.-based investors in a deal that will value the British racing outfit at 560 million pounds (US$740.49 million), Sky News reported on Saturday, citing sources.

The MSP Sports Capital-led consortium would put 185 million pounds into McLaren Racing over a two-year period, Sky News reported, adding that the deal could be announced as early as Sunday.

McLaren Racing and MSP Sports Capital did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The consortium members included The Najafi Companies, a private investment firm, and UBS O'Connor, a hedge fund subsidiary of Swiss investment banking firm UBS, the report added.

Sky News said that the consortium would initially acquire a 15per cent stake in McLaren Racing, rising to 33per cent by the end of 2022.

One of the consortium's principals, Jahm Najafi, will become a vice-chairman of McLaren Racing, while Jeff Moorad of MSP and Rodrigo Trelles Zabala of UBS O'Connor will join the McLaren Racing board as non-executive directors, according to the report.

Bahrain's Mumtalakat holding company is the majority shareholder in McLaren Group. The Woking-based outfit have won the F1 constructors' championship eight times.

Source: Reuters

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