August 13, 2019 / 5:50 AM / 13 days ago

Scout24 sets strategic review for autos platform

FRANKFURT, Aug 13 (Reuters) - German classified listings group Scout24, reporting upbeat second-quarter profits, said on Tuesday it would explore options for its autos platform after facing calls from activist investor Elliott to sell the business.

"We have commenced a strategic review of alternatives for AutoScout24 with the objective to enhance long-term shareholder value," said CEO Tobias Hartmann, adding that Scout24 would update investors on the review at a capital markets day on Nov. 26.

Elliott last week went public with a demand that Scout24 sell AutoScout24 and ramp up a share buyback programme to boost returns to investors. (Reporting by Douglas Busvine Editing by Tassilo Hummel)

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