The planned stock market listing of Fiat’s U.S. unit Chrysler will not take place this year, the Italian carmaker said Monday, prolonging the uncertainty over its chances of buying out the rest of the company.
The initial public offering was expected to help settle a long-running spat over the U.S. automaker’s value between Fiat and a retiree healthcare trust tied to the United Auto Workers union, which owns 41.5 percent of Chrysler.
The delay represented yet another obstacle to Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne’s plan for the Fiat-Chrysler alliance, one of the centerpieces of the Obama administration’s 2009 restructuring of the U.S. auto industry.
Chrysler’s board of directors “determined that it will not be practicable for Chrysler Group to launch and complete an initial public offering prior to the end of 2013,” Fiat said in a statement. The company said it expected Chrysler to work toward an IPO in the first quarter of 2014, but added it could not say if and when such an offer would happen as it would depend on “market conditions and other relevant considerations.”