DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. said today that its board of directors wont take a stance on billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorians offer to buy just under 1 percent of the automakers stock at $8.50 a share.
The board cited a statement in a regulatory filing this month by Kerkorians company, Tracinda Corp., that Tracinda was making the purchase because it saw Ford as an attractive investment and wouldnt try to acquire or influence control over the business of Ford.
Fords board also said that Ford determined after making reasonable inquiry that no Ford directors or officers were planning to sell their stock to Tracinda.
Tracinda already owns 100 million shares of Ford stock. If the tender offer succeeds, Tracindas stake would grow to 5.5 percent of outstanding shares.
Ford shares were trading at $7.30 – down 6.5 percent -- as of 10:01 a.m. EDT. The company today announced major cuts in production and said it would only post a breakeven year in 2009.