Earlier today it was reported here on that Saab’s debt at the Swedish Enforcement Agency has risen to 27 million SEK. I’d like to put it a bit into perspective here.
Translated to EUR these 27 million SEK are about 2,96 million and devided by the 51 demands it’s a rough average of 58.000 EUR per case. So depite this is a bit of money for a normal person like me it’s still a rather small amount for a company of Saab’s scale. Don’t want to go into speculation too much as all facts I have are from that short article. The first idea one might have is that Saab simply doesn’t have the money to pay that, but I personally don’t think it’s that easy.
Given the sum I’d say that we are talking about rather small suppliers. As we know Saab is currently still in negotiations with many of them. Even during those ongoing negotiations some suppliers may want to increase the pressure in those discussions by demanding their money via the SEA. The way some part of the press reported about Saab recently may also encouraged some creditors to take that step. Business in every scale has quite a lot to do with confidence and we’ve already heared that suppliers want to make sure that Saab’s future is secured. They may hope for the best and prepare for the worst. The other thing is that as I can tell you from the experience of running a company myself there are always some disputable demands that you won’t pay before everything is cleared and you’re satisfied. It could easily be a big amount of the sum that belongs to that last point.
And after all we don’t have an idea who those creditors are. So to really understand this piece of information we would need to know a lot more than we do. So if you ordered a car just recently because you had trust in Saab there is no reason to be afraid now. The real reason this report came out is, like with many others, because of all those eyes staring at Saab right now.
Of course this is just my opinion but I think the best we can do is just keep calm and carry on until we know more facts.