By Gilles Guillaume and Giulio Piovaccari
PARIS/MILAN (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler (MI:) and Peugeot maker PSA (PA:) said on Wednesday they had agreed on a binding merger agreement, in a $50 billion deal that will pave the way to the creation of the world’s fourth-largest carmaker.
The transaction is expected to close in the next 12 to 15 months, the companies added.
Before the 50-50 share merger is completed, one of PSA’s shareholders, China’s Dongfeng Motor Group (HK:), will trim its 12.2% stake in the French carmaker by selling 30.7 million shares to PSA, they added.
That stake was worth 679 million euros ($748.4 million) at the most recent closing price.
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