But the clear answers of Ms Anna Petre, Saabs PA officer, in an interview with the Swedish publication Resume, makes me feel sad.
….we knew we would get a dip in finances in April. The plan was to solve it by letting Vladimir Antonov purchase our property and lease it back. The government said “yes”, but the European Investment Bank said “no”…..
Some SU-readers won’t like what I will say, but this is my personal opinion, and I will not change it.
That NO from the EIB to Mr Antonov has costed Saab millions of Euros, Crowns, Dollars and Pounds, and a production Stop that didn’t have to be.
The Swedish government, the ones with the loan guaranties, had no problem with Mr. Antonov, the Bank, which would get the money either from Saab or the Swedish government, had a problem with Mr. Antonov. Why? We will never know.
But there is one coincidence, although I don’t believe in coincidences. During the time the EIB was blocking anything Saab tried to do to solve their short term financial position, Eva Srejber was in charge of any financing business the EIB did in Sweden.
Ms Srejber left her position as Vice President of the EIB on the 30th of June, as her term of office ended. Four days later the EIB says YES for the first time to a inquiry from Saab.
Yes, this may be pure coincidence.
Now Saab has spent a lot of money on nothing, many markets have lost (once again) the confidence on the brand and Saab will sell, after all that turmoil, 50.1% of the shares in Saab Automobile Property AB to a consortium of Swedish real estate investors, led by Hemfosa Fastigheter AB.
I think Saab had better plans for the last three months!!!