Administrator press-conference February 28th
February 28, 2012 in News
In about 10 minutes the weekly telephone press-conference with the bankruptcy administrators is about to start. A “show” that has come to be regarded among some people in the press as the “no comment show”. Some feel it pointless that the administrators even bother to do this since they in general have nothing to reveal, others are grateful that they at least show their faces and talk to the media and fans which are craving for any kind of information… Considering how many peoples lives and the important decisions they have to make within the close future which could affect their whole lives, any kind of information and dialogue is a good one!
Last night BW pulled out of the deal, this morning Youngman confirmed that they had placed a bid and are staying in the race to win. Other parities remain silent… comparing this situation with 2009 where there were almost none or very few interested parties in Saab I still feel a lot of confidence that this situation could turn out nicely for Saab regardless of who wins the deal. Of course there are parties I prefer over others since I feel that they have the better means to succeed but in the end the only thing important is that people get their jobs back and that we can continue to drive those amazing cars…
Here are the statements that were made during the short press-conference that lasted about 20 minutes:
– Bergqvist: The deadline to place a bid of interest passed yesterday, this deadline was for the interested parties to reveal what exactly they wanted to buy
– Bergqvist: We have received a number of these bids
– Bergqvist: We will now evaluate these bids and potentially have meetings with the parties to place questions and clear out issues. This situation is very complex…
– Bergqvist: We’re not allowed to state how many bids that we have received however there are a number of bids that counteract each other
– Bergqvist: The bids are placed by both international and domestic parties…
– Bergqvist: What we are aiming for is a complete solution and with that we are saying that the factory and production capacity should be sold as one entity (with capacity they are talking about production-tools etc)
– Bergqvist: Every bid that has been received is serious and well motivated and is subject to further discussion.
– Bergqvist: When the administration of the bankruptcy started Saab’s register was empty and there is a big factory which costs huge amounts to maintain. It is like painting a piece of art just to keep the financing working for that and I feel that we have done a good job on that point.
– Peotoux: On questions regarding the time line, we can not comment…