Talks going on in Stockholm *UPDATE

Some quotes from ttela.se as mentioned by RedJ in comments:

According to the TTELA CEO Victor Muller and administrator Guy Lofalk today meet representatives of the two Chinese companies, Youngman and Pang Da in Stockholm.

All on one table. Good.

Saab’s cash is virtually empty and without money from Youngman, the company simply can not continue reconstruction.

Exactly why not Youngman-money already received is unclear. It may be that you do not agree on contract design. But it can also be as easy to come Youngman wary since it became known that Guy Lofalk brought parallel talks with Geely.

The Geely-track, which Lofalk apparently drove without Saab management’s knowledge, seems to have reached an impasse. This, as reported to TTELA – and it is also true with the statement Geely did this weekend.

Therefore, the Saab back to its original plan, which is about to get Youngman and Pang Da as a partner.

Technology License Agreement with Youngman involves using Phoenix technology for next-generation Saab models as collateral to obtain funds from the Chinese company “in advance”.

At today’s meeting must convince Youngman Saab’s management not to pull out. In particular, it reports that the government could bail out the mortgage limits for the government loan guarantee, that is, including Saab’s production equipment and spare parts company, and then sell them to anyone who should have done that Youngman hesitate. They are therefore within the agreed advance payment of 640 million.

It might well be that Youngman/PangDa were not to happy about the talks with Geely. I hope that all are now back to working on the initial plan to get this done. Now.

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UPDATE from Jeff

Suddenly things seem a little sunnier at the negotiating table in Stockholm.

“Work [is coming] along nicely. There are no plans to replace Mr. Lofalk,” Victor Muller told TTELA, while he and Guy Lofalk negotiated with Youngman and Pang Da in Stockholm. 

If Saab’s reconstruction would be interrupted ends the stay of bankruptcy against the company. Normally when a district court the bankruptcy negotiations within two weeks by Judge Cecilia Tisell in Vänersborg.

After the Union, IF Metall and leaders withdrew their bankruptcy petitions, the members have since received a salary from the government wage guarantee, the only bankruptcy of the subcontractor Takata-Petri.

On Tuesday afternoon it had not received any request to replace the administrator or to stop reconstruction.

The right to request that the reconstruction will cease, Saab (debtor), creditors (creditors) and the administrator.

There is no provision that Saab must ask itself in bankruptcy if the reorganization is terminated.

 “Mr. Lofalk is doing a good job. Any ambiguities that arose last week have cleared up during Tuesday’s meeting,” said Muller about Monday’s negotiations.

 

It’s nice to see everyone working together on a plan forward. This isn’t that complex of a deal when you break it down. Saab has new IP not owned by GM (Phoenix) which was loosely based on Epsilon but is now an entirely different beast (as opposed to reports we’ve been hearing from Autocar). The Chinese have known this from the get go, this isn’t some new cog in the gears of the approval process, if it had been an issue it would have been brought up far sooner. This is more about who gets the rights to the tech when and how. That’s what they’re working on at the table now, and that’s what we’re hoping they can iron out ASAP.

 

scand
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4 years 11 months ago

The Chinese will talk…and talk…and talk… But I doubt if the money will be sent in time. (if at all)

TonymacUK
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4 years 11 months ago

That the Chinese were not happy with what has happened over the last few days is understandable, I posted a comment weeks ago that the Chinese will not stand for being messed about. Fingers crossed that Lofalk hasn`t cocked things up!

Carlo A
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4 years 11 months ago

yap, fingers crossed …

ANA
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4 years 11 months ago

TonymacUK
Lofalk hasn’t cocked anything up – it was well and truly cocked-up months before he came on the scene. Cut him some slack ,he is clearly working for the best interests of Saab.

Khrisdk
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4 years 11 months ago

I would say that depends on POV.

Trying to bring another partner that Youngman in, even if Pang Da was also involved can not really be considered helpfull in negotiations when they are now forced back to Youngman.

If I were Youngman it would change my view of the situation a bit.

ANA
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4 years 11 months ago

I respect that however my POV is that Youngman have missed numerous deadlines and as far as I can see none of them can be blamed on Lofalk. I am not sure why there seems to so much negativity towards him – he has nothing to gain by Saab’s failure and he is obviously working hard to secure a good future for Saab.

Khrisdk
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4 years 11 months ago
I’m not really negative towards Lofalk, but if he was the active part in trying to bring in Geely, he made a gross misjudgement of their intentions and has probably damaged the deal with Youngman, or at least made it a little bit harder Naturally given that we can trust the statements from Geely. At the moment it doesn’t really matter as the only option seems to be Youngman/Pang Da, and that Lofalk is now working on that line together with Saab management My own little speculation is that the small Chinese manufacturers from the same province aka. Geely and… Read more »
ANA
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4 years 11 months ago
It has seemed like Lofalk has got quite a bit of criticism stemming mainly from how he was positioned in the media and on this website over his meeting Geely (why??). From what I can see Geely wanted to explore opportunities and I do not believe for one minute they travelled to meet Lofalk ‘out of politeness’ as they stated. What must be understood is that it is his legal duty to conduct such meetings and if he could have secured a better deal for Saab then he would have been a hero in many peoples’ eyes. I agree with… Read more »
TurboLamko
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4 years 11 months ago

Fingers crossed! 🙂

Sometimes the motivation goes up and down but what are you gonna do…??

moose
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4 years 11 months ago

Someone managed to sneak a hidden camera to the negotiations!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaiSHcHM0PA

😉

Khrisdk
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4 years 11 months ago

Oh

I thought it was this one that came from the hidden cameras

Grumpy
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4 years 11 months ago

Better than the one from Moose for sure. Let’s hope the ‘conversation’ is only verbal. 😉

moose
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4 years 11 months ago

Good one!

Don’t know about the ending thou…

Grumpy
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4 years 11 months ago

Not bad moose, I think we all want to see the money, and right now.

Henric Tungström
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4 years 11 months ago

hahaha! good one

Grumpy
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4 years 11 months ago

Hmm I somehow expected more action here today..

nickepicke
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4 years 11 months ago
This is not good at all :(:( http://ttela.se/ekonomi/saab/1.1390962-ndrc-varnar-kinesiska-foretag “Now, warns a senior director of NDRC of China, Chinese companies to invest in Saab. “They should adopt a cautious approach,” said the assistant manager, according to Bloomberg News. Chinese companies should adopt a prudent approach to investing in the Saab Automobile. The words are from Chen Jianguo, deputy director of Industry Coordination of NDRC in China – the powerful ministries that must approve the business with foreign companies, reports Bloomberg News. – It depends on how it can be implemented. It is dangerous if there is an abyss, said Chen Jianguo,… Read more »
Patrik B
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4 years 11 months ago

Maybe the statement it is all part of negotiations. How knows. I can’t tell anymore.

One think is sure though; China will become extremely powerful in a near future as the government have full control over what is going on with the companies and their investement; it is all part of a master plan!

Meanwhile in Sweden…

jond
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4 years 11 months ago
I don’t see this as negative. In fact I agree with Mr Chen. From their point of view there is clearly no point in throwing good money after bad at Saab unless they can be completely assured of the action being taken to turn the Company around to at least breakeven on a realistic estimate of sales. Surely the prudent course of action from the Chinese point of view is to agree the action being taken under project Cheetah, but to wait until the NDRC have deliberated before investing any more money. At that point, assuming a positive outcome, they… Read more »
nickepicke
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4 years 11 months ago

Look below then… 🙁

zippy
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4 years 11 months ago
nickepicke
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4 years 11 months ago

The fat lady has started to sing… 🙁 Not good…

Belfast_Saab
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4 years 11 months ago

Yup saw that one, seems to be based on the comments above from ‘a senior director of NDRC ‘. To be fair, Youngman must be worried if Guy is goig=ng behind theri backs to Geely and today threatening to pull the plugs? On the other hand,is not Youngman miney ringfenced against creditors? I would have though there were strings attached in the event of bancruptcy?

TurboLamko
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4 years 11 months ago

!!!! Grrrrr 🙁

TurboLamko
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4 years 11 months ago

I’m changing my citizenship to Irish if this will be the end for Saab :'(

Alex Lee
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4 years 11 months ago

Fuck,

Not good.

Pedro
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4 years 11 months ago

So the Chinese Government would only approve the deal if there was a full IP ownership transfer? At least that’s what I interpret from the article and (off topic) is fully consistent with broader-scoped news about China (change in investment focus targets)… The Chinese master plan is now threatening to bite them in the ass despite (and simultaneously because of – the beauty of Economics!) having some 3 trillion USD in currency reserves…

Tripod
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4 years 11 months ago

From the article:
“… as the sale does not include the acquisition of any new intellectual property rights. Former Saab owner GM already has a deal to transfer Saab’s Epsilon production line and tooling to its Chinese partner firm SAIC.”

Of course, Saab has never invented a single thing, if they say so, it must be true… Gee.

Patrik B
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4 years 11 months ago

This relates to my previous comment above;

The Chinese government just feels that buying into a technology is just a waste of money if their is a very similar technology already licensed by another Chinese company.

China is not a free market!

Khrisdk
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4 years 11 months ago

That’s not really a big surprise is it?

But apart from that FWIW I don’t think it changes anything in the ongoing negotiations or the NDRC decision.
I know that is just opinion but Hey ..everybody seems to have one at the moment.

900 classic cab
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4 years 11 months ago

Things haven’t been easy, but that Lofalk guy (and not Guy Lofalk) managed to get them worst.
I wish someone would slap him hard…

ANA
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4 years 11 months ago

I do not blame Lofalf for any of this, he is trying to make the best out of a bad lot.

TurboLamko
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4 years 11 months ago
Alex Lee
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4 years 11 months ago

Dude,

Come on, Enya !!

Quixcube
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4 years 11 months ago

The fat lady will know her role on Oct. 14th, right? Either it goes through and she returns to her cave or it doesn’t go through and she gets her long-delayed time in the spotlight. Standing on rumors in the meantime is a good way to fall and hurt yourself.

nickepicke
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4 years 11 months ago

What is happening on the 14th of October – I must have missed that… Sorry…

talladegan
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4 years 11 months ago

Saab chief executive Victor Muller told Reuters in a phone text message: “Things are moving along fine and we do not intend to request the replacement of Mr Lofalk as administrator.”

The fat lady has sat down to her notes again.

nickepicke
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4 years 11 months ago

Yes, but this is not regarding Lofalk, it is regarding that the NDRC will not say okey…

talladegan
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4 years 11 months ago

Step by step…

nickepicke
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4 years 11 months ago

Hope you are right :)!

Jeff
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4 years 11 months ago

I’m sick of this quote from a bloomberg source who hasn’t even posted an article. They’re quoting a bloomberg piece that was never published. Moreover, the lost in translation nature of the quote is plainly clear. Remember the last time the NDRC said to be cautious? That was when they were basically explaining that Youngman had priority and not to overbid. That’s all they’re doing now, making sure Youngman/Pang Da get a fair deal and Geely doesn’t bid up the sale. Reading into it more than that based on 0 facts is fruitless.

Tripod
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4 years 11 months ago

I agree 100%, Jeff.
Apart from that, as usual quotes out of context is as we know quite useless; and a lot can be lost in translation, as you said, not to mention with differences between cultures, different businesses, terminology etc. Also, another thing to remind about is that comments are not always presented as “news” in the order they happened, i.e. chronological, and that can change the perception quite a lot, for obvious reasons, if one isn’t careful.

ryanonsrc
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4 years 11 months ago

Jeff, Tripod: I also agree.

Given that approval has already been received at the local and provincial levels, and this whole process appears to have been fast-tracked. As such it seems highly unlikely that the NDRC would dissaprove of the deal on some weird basis such as AutoCar UK suggests. So, this is yet another example of journalists not having a clue what they are talking about.

ANA
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4 years 11 months ago

Would you really think that he would say if things weren’t going fine?

spacy
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4 years 11 months ago

.
SADLY YES

talladegan
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4 years 11 months ago

If GL stays seated and the Chinese stay seated and VM stays seated….then the FL may not get her moment in the spotlight. Keep everything crossed that nobody stands up to walk away.

Carlo A
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4 years 11 months ago

u r right

ArchDandy
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4 years 11 months ago

I don´t belive the reports from media, they just wanna make money out of this.

We must stay calm right know and follow the process.
Something says to me that this is gonna work out well.

Carlo A
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4 years 11 months ago

yap …… let’s wait with faith

Belfast_Saab
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4 years 11 months ago

+1, gut feeling there is another cat’s life left in the bag…..

talladegan
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4 years 11 months ago

I’m with you on this. I hope it isn’t simply my hope that makes me feel that.

ArchDandy
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4 years 11 months ago

Yes.
Great to hear that.

Everything can happen this week. It can be bad but also be very good. But we need to stay positive.

ANA
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4 years 11 months ago

This could easily be misinformation to give the Chinese a stronger position. However is it possible to get a weaker bargaining position than Saab is in right now?????

ArchDandy
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4 years 11 months ago

It could be.

Or the media has “misinterpreted”. NDRC maybe just talk about this deal and media enlarges.
I mean, I read this morning a article about that Muller is “DESPERATE” with the whole thing with Lofalk.
Now this afternoon I read that Muller is happy with Lofalk and that he´s doing a great job.

Everything is just contradictory.

ArchDandy
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4 years 11 months ago

And everything is created by the media.

Of course, it can be a missunderstanding between Muller and Lofalk, and something in this are true but far awat from the reports.

Like we say in Sweden “Making a chicken from a feather”

skwdenyer
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4 years 11 months ago
Yes. Saab in bankruptcy will – it is reported – have no rights to the name. Without the brand, what else is there? £53m (as at 18th July 2005 worth €77m according to http://www.oanda.com, or about €87m now allowing for inflation) was paid by Nanjing for MG Rover’s remaining assets, including the leases on the buildings (but not the land itself, which had already been sold-off). This did not include the exclusive right to produce some models (25 and 75, a license for whose IP had already been sold to SAIC), nor the 45 (whose IP remained with Honda), nor… Read more »
saabtec
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4 years 11 months ago

Man, this sure is gut wrenching.

If it should not go as planned this week, I wonder what VM’s other plan is. He’s crafty at pulling that next rabbit out.
I hope it does not go to the next act, and thing progress smoothly from here.

TonymacUK
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4 years 11 months ago

Zippy posted an article from Autocar earlier. While Autocar is a decent enough car magazine, it is NOT a financial journal, or even a newspaper with a financial section. Any article of this ilk is based on information they have gleaned from other sources, which could even include SU. So I am taking the article with a pinch of salt.

skwdenyer
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4 years 11 months ago

Not sure what that article adds TBH, as it is factually wrong; the Saab deal will give YM/PD new IP.

Or is the argument that the €70m bridging loan would provide access to the IP, so why pay the rest? That, of course, depends upon the precise detail of the agreement VM hammered-out with YM about the license agreement. If he had any sense, he’d have made sure that the default position (i.e. YM gets the IP if Saab goes bust) did not include the scenario in which Saab goes bust because YM/PD don’t invest.

nickepicke
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4 years 11 months ago

You are wrong, the source is Bloomberg News…

skwdenyer
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4 years 11 months ago

OK, but same applies, surely?

ANA
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4 years 11 months ago

Bloomberg???? Oh dear.

JH
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4 years 11 months ago

Very good snippets, Till, they are appreciated! 🙂

By the way, this song describes Saab’s situation right now pretty well:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vH3lBI5Arc

Will
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4 years 11 months ago

So does this one, sadly…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtAmFKaThNE

*Hoping for an NRDC “YES!” for my birthday, which is Sunday*

Khrisdk
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4 years 11 months ago

I prefer this one

Maybe not the right one, but it has gone on heavy rotation on my stereo lately 🙂

Alex Lee
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4 years 11 months ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkhX5W7JoWI

This is the only song that is any half decent about money.

Enjoy.

skwdenyer
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4 years 11 months ago
So… since there should always – if possible – be a ‘Plan B’ to any negotiations, what might it be? Well, the first question is, if EIB are prepared to call-in (UK term for ‘cancel’ in this context) the loan, that leaves SweGov owning the debt. They do not have to take on the collateral at this time; they can, instead, opt to sell on the debt to anybody who will take it. Even if they do convert the debt into shares, or alternatively just seize collateral, what will they receive for it in cash? So, if SweGov are being… Read more »
fido
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4 years 11 months ago

I think EIB can call-in the loan, then SweGov sell the debt to Youngman, let Youngman 100% own SAAB.
that will let the process move fast.
because this case will be same as Ford/Volvo/Geely. NDRC has no reason to reject.

If they say SAAB’s technology is similar like SAIC, then Volvo’ technology also based on Ford platform.

skwdenyer
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4 years 11 months ago

Indeed. But that depends upon the terms of the loan – can the EIB call it in at this point? Are Saab in breach yet?

Of course, that doesn’t really help, does it? YM might put in, say, €1-200m to buy out SweGov, but none of that money will go into Saab, so it just increases YM’s costs of doing the deal. Unless, of course, they can re-finance this as group debt.

fido
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4 years 11 months ago

money will not be big problem for Youngman.
I think uncertainty is the thing Youngman/Pang Da fear most.
They paid again and again, but SAAB did not resume production as promised .
Do not know what happens next is. supplier problem? employer problem? or otherers

nickepicke
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4 years 11 months ago

+1

ANA
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4 years 11 months ago

fido
You seem to think Youngman has cash lying around and that they can spend it when they wish… This is not the case – they need to raise it and also get approval to use it.

Khrisdk
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4 years 11 months ago

If they get the approval from NDRC they should have the needed money lying around or be able to raise it
This is another Egg and Hen situation, just from another perspective

ANA
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4 years 11 months ago

Agree, but they should have arranged the 70 Million now and they haven’t. Why?

Khrisdk
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4 years 11 months ago

The statement is that certain conditions have not been met.

That seems plausible, especially considering that infamous Bloomberg/Autocar/Di.se article quoting a NDRC representative.

They are proobably not totally in agreement about the terms of the deal with the Phoenix IP
Which is the one bringing the €70 Mill

Khrisdk
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4 years 11 months ago
The longer winding and absolutely personal speculative reason: The €70 mill depends on the deal with the Phoenix IP That IP is a Saab asset, that is not supposed to leave lightly when under reconstruction. Both side incl. Lofalk wants to make the best deal for either Saab, Saab management or Youngman and respecting the laws at the same time I has probably been so difficult arranging this deal that Lofalk tried to work around that setup by contacting Geely. That line didn’t work, probably for the same reasons So now they are back at the table trying to get… Read more »
katar1na
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4 years 11 months ago
About Asian culture: they “talk and talk and talk” – but when they finally comes into action, things happen fast (since everybody has come to the same conclusion). In Sweden we believe that “a contact is a contact is a contract” – and that´s very much it. In Asia, especially in Japan, a joint decision takes time – and a contact is due as long as “nothing else happens that affects the deal”. This is something important to consider when doing business abroad. I feel sorry for Youngman/PangDa who must be very confused by all the fuzz and strange speculations… Read more »
ArchDandy
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4 years 11 months ago

+1

fido
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4 years 11 months ago

As a chinese, I can not understand why swedish government does not support the sweden automotive industry.Why not the Swedish government direct injection of capital to Volvo/SAAB, help them, as U.S government did to GM & Chrysler.

TurboLamko
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4 years 11 months ago

Agree!!

900 classic cab
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4 years 11 months ago

+1

fido
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4 years 11 months ago
and swedish media looks very funny.They seem can’t wait to see SAAB/Volvo die.They continue to spread the bad news, some of them just rumors, Don’t they know this is hurting their country’s brand? I have not been to Sweden, I have not even been out China. but i known SAAB by Griffin badge on a car, i known sweden by SAAB, then i known IKEA also from Sweden, and Ericsson, i known Oh Laura by SAAB ad ‘release me’, and i love it. then i bought a book written by a Taiwanese, a travel book, all about Sweden, by reading… Read more »
RS
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4 years 11 months ago

Thank you, fido.
Could someone send this to Mr. Lofalk and his pals in the Government ASAP.

ThomasJ
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4 years 11 months ago

Done.

maanders
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4 years 11 months ago

Do not worry about your English, Fido. Your passion for Saab cars and the Swedish culture are very clear! We understood exactly what you meant. (Your English is much better than our Chinese!)

janne eriksson
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4 years 11 months ago

+1!

bpsorrel
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4 years 11 months ago

+2

Vector-SS
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4 years 11 months ago

Update = better news, keep them coming

TurboLamko
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4 years 11 months ago

Now we need better news, i agree with this guy. Hope there will be more good news forward now!

Kurt Schirm
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4 years 11 months ago
A couple of thoughts regarding the NDRC claiming they already have the epsilon IP… so no deal with Saab. 1) It has been public knowledge since the inception of Phoenix that is was derived from the GM Epsilon architecture. I can’t imagine this this is new news to the NDRC after several months of reviewing Saab and the proposed deal. 2) From my understanding, the architecture has been changed so dramatically by Saab that the Phoenix truly is its own platform with IP that is independent from GM. If GM could claim IP ownership, they would have by now and… Read more »
Jeff
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4 years 11 months ago

Agreed Kurt. Reiterated your thoughts in my update.

fido
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4 years 11 months ago

i remember when Mr.VM want JV with HUATAI auto, Huatai’ CEO told to chinese new paper about Phoenix platform, what he said is, Phoenix not 100% owned by SAAB, There are seven technical staff belong to GM. he said he wish to corporate with SAAB to develop that technology and replace them to get rid off GM.

spacy
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4 years 11 months ago
. I think the big problem here, is what VM did with the rights to the IP of phoenix, when trying to get YM to hand over 70mil. What he transferred into the Dutch company, is still unclear, but YM deal was to be with that company & not Saab. Was it the rights to the IP or just the rights to sell it’s use. Often the movement of assets , just before bankruptcy, will/can/could be challenged by other Saab creditors. I always thought that YM/PA were to buy into Saab [once the NDRC] approval is complete & that included… Read more »
Red J
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4 years 11 months ago

terry,
29% and 24% is hardly 70%,
just a thought.

spacy
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4 years 11 months ago

.
Of Swan?

Red J
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4 years 11 months ago

Yes, afaik.

ANA
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4 years 11 months ago

terry
You may well be right, time will tell.

Khrisdk
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4 years 11 months ago

As far as I remember it was the rights to its use that was mentioned.

Which construction has actually been made could be one of the questions.
Another question from another POV than the chinese is if it is a Saab subsidiary, and hence still part of Saab, or if it is a standalone company.
My guess is that it is a very clever and complex construction, and that may be one of the more serious headaches of the involved

At least it should be. This is the only real asset that Saab has apart from the brand name

spacy
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4 years 11 months ago

.
Assuming the 25% in AAM is still owned by Saab, that could be good IP.

ThomasJ
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4 years 11 months ago

I guess they came to Stockholm in a positive spirit.
Why else go half way around the globe?

Hope it’s a good mix around the table.

Kimberly
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4 years 11 months ago

Note to any Saab personnel who may be reading this site:

PLEASE, no jumping the gun announcing tentative deals as confirmed before the ink dries. This may be part of the reason every time something seems promising the deal falls apart. Heck, even if talks are proving to be promising, don’t even say that you think the deal will be finalized; just comment that talks are ongoing and show promise and leave it at that. Doing otherwise can queer the negotiations and cause your would-be partners to walk away from the deal.

spacy
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4 years 11 months ago

.
I don’t mind people talking, before the ink dries, as long as it’s on the paper, it can take a month to dry……

Ronnie_Rad
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4 years 11 months ago

+1

OddJob
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4 years 11 months ago
Don’t believe what you read in the papers, especuially not when uít comes to Saab, I usually have good faith in Autocar but this report is a hotch potch of misunderstandings and insinuations on the same level as Swedish di.se. Consider this: Youngman and Pang Da met the NDRC before last weekend, according to interviews with mrs Pang, to sort things out. Why would an NDRC guy go out making those claims instead of telling YM/PD themselves diredtly then.And about the intellctual propertiy issue about Epsilon Autocar are completly lost in space. The current 9-3 is based on the Epsilon… Read more »
100%Saab
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4 years 11 months ago

I’m for whatever works for Saab.

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