It’s January 26, the first anniversary of Spyker signing the agreement to buy Saab from GM.
SVD.se are celebrating the anniversary by having a punt. They’re betting the anniversary brings about some news about Saab’s ownership structure. Antonov hinted that there could be some news in this regard and he pointed to January 26 as a notable date where something might come about. As a consequence, SVD.se are covering Vladimir Antonov in depth today.
Article 1 – Saab needs Russian money
You know the drill – sales are down and Saab are under pressure so having Antonov on board could be the financial tonic that Saab needs.
This is the introduction article, inviting readers to take a closer look at Spyker Cars and Antonov himself.
Article 2 – Ownership structure of Spyker Cars
SVD.se look at the ownership structure of Spyker, trying to connect various dots and place Antonov in the shadows where they can’t put a name to an ownership figure.
For his part, Antonov says….
Neither I nor any of my companies have involvement in the Spyker/Saab. Unfortunately.
That’s a Googletrans and by involvement, I think it’s referring to ownership.
SVD.se tie him to investment funds that lend or otherwise financially back the formal big-stake owners, namely:
- Gemini investment fund – ownership unknown – 11.9%
- Tenaci – 51% owned by Victor Muller, 49% by un-named shareholder – 27%
- Dorwing Solution – owned by a Brendan O’Toole, who owns the company that manufactures for Spyker in England – 7%
- Mubadala – Abu Dhabi investment company – 22%
SVD.se imply financial connections between the first three of those groups.
Article 3 – Profile of Vladimir Antonov
The final article is a timeline-style profile of Antonov’s career. It’s unfortunate that they leave off his 2010 tilt at the Midnight Sun Rally with the SUHRT (though they do have a photo of him and his car in the second article) 🙂
Will there be any news today?
I don’t know for sure, but from brief contacts I’ve made today, I’m not expecting anything. Not from Saab’s side, at least.
What Mr Antonov decides to say is completely up to him.