Volkswagen (OTCMKTS: VWAGY) stock had a mixed 2022 with its stock down over 44% for the year, despite reports that the German car company could soon steal Tesla’s (NASDAQ: TSLA) EV crown. Back in July 2021, VW announced that it plans to be all-electric in Europe by 2033. In addition, the company is planning “massive” changes to its U.S. EV Program in response to President Joe Biden’s push for more electric vehicles.
VW is also aiming to match Tesla sales as early as this year and could surpass the EV maker by 2025 by pushing plans to reduce battery costs and open six gigafactories in Europe by 2030.
Lofty plans indeed, and finally, it seems that Tesla has a worthy competitor in an ‘old world’ car company.
VW’s new electric SUV, the ID.4, is now selling across Europe, China, and the U.S. It offers a driving range of 248-342 miles on a single charge. Other VW subsidiaries such as SEAT have also released plans for a series of compact SUVs to the market by 2025, further lifting expectations across the VW group.
However, you’ll notice when you search for VW stock that there are over 20 ticker symbols for the company, which can be confusing. So, we’ve broken it down.
Wall Street Investor Michael Burry, known for inspiring 'The Big Short', announced in a now-deleted tweet that he was bullish on VW so he had bought shares in Porsche Holding Co (OTCMKTS: POAHY), who are the majority shareholder of VW.
This ticker is one way to get in on VW, as well as some of Porsche's other holdings. However, this stock hasn't quite hit the heights of VW's share prices, likely due to a lack of retail investors' knowledge of how the company's share ownership is set up.
Volkswagen Ordinary Shares (OTCMKTS: VWAGY) give shareholders voting rights at the company's AGM. They are the less liquid of the two of VW's own shares, which as mentioned above, are owned in the majority by long-term investors like Porsche. These shares are currently down close to 48% on recent highs seen in June of last year.
Historically, VW's Preference Shares (OTCMKTS: VWAPY) are traded with much more volume than their ordinary shares and are therefore more liquid. These don't have voting rights but they do get priority in the event of any issues within the company such as paying dividends to shareholders.
If you are bullish on VW, the preference shares could be the best way to go based on the historical volume of purchases and the overall liquidity of the shares. The risk ahead is that the Ordinary shares could start to come down in price relative to Porsche and VW Preference Shares. This could also have a positive, neutral, or negative impact on the other two classes of shares.
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