The new loan facility was made through Gemini Investment Fund (not to be confused with Genii Group or GEM Global Yield Fund Limited) for €30 million. This loan clears the way for production to start in a week, news that SaabsUnited broke over the weekend first.
To all those who wanted yet another apology from Victor and a new tone, I think you’ll be pleased as well. He’s working incredibly hard and doing a tough job getting Saab through this period. Congratulations to the Saab team. On to long-term financing…
Update: From Victor through email: 🙂 we never give up!
Indeed Victor, that’s why we have faith in you and your team.
Trollhättan, Sweden: Spyker Cars N.V. (Spyker) announces that it secured the short-term funding of Saab Automobile AB (Saab Automobile) by entering into a EUR 30 million convertible loan agreement with Gemini Investment Fund Limited (Gemini).
Spyker entered into a EUR 30 million convertible loan agreement with Gemini with a 6 months maturity. The interest rate of the loan is 7% per annual and the conversion price is EUR 4.88 per share.
In addition to the receipt of EUR 30 million from Gemini, Saab Automobile will make a drawdown request to the EIB for an amount of EUR 29.1 million. As a result of the convertible loan and the EIB draw down – which is expected next week – Saab Automobile secured an amount of EUR 59.1 million. With the receipt of these funds, Saab Automobile secured the liquidity that is required to restart production.
Saab Automobile aims to restart production within a week, pending agreements on delivery schedules with its suppliers. In order to improve lead times to customers and dealers on existing and future orders, Saab Automobile will work together with its suppliers to minimize any impact from the recent production stop.
Spyker and Saab Automobile continue to work on securing medium and long term funding.
Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker and Chairman of Saab Automobile said: “I would like to apologize to our dedicated employees, suppliers, dealers and customers for the disruptions of the past weeks. We will do everything in our power to restore the confidence in our company as soon as practically possible.”
Note to Editors:
Saab, or Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget (Swedish Aircraft Company), was founded in 1937 as an aircraft manufacturer and revealed its first prototype passenger car 10 years later after the formation of the Saab Car Division. In 1990, Saab Automobile AB was created as a separate company, jointly owned by the Saab Scania Group and General Motors, and became a wholly-owned GM subsidiary in 2000. In February 2010, Spyker Cars N.V. of the Netherlands, acquired the company from GM as an independently-run business.
Saab cars reflect the brand’s unique Scandinavian design ethic, which is fused with its aircraft engineering heritage. The company is a global premium car maker with a distinguished history of innovation. It is recognized for its pioneering role in turbocharging, as well as occupant safety and the introduction of flex-fuel technology through Saab BioPower. Saab Automobile AB currently employs approximately 3,800 staff in Sweden, where it operates world-class production and technical development facilities at its headquarters in Trollhättan, 70 km north of Gothenburg.