Press Releasse: Swedish Automobile Continues Discussions With Youngman

Trollhättan, Sweden: Swedish Automobile N.V. (Swan) announces it is in discussion with Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co. Ltd. (Youngman) and a bank in China about an equity interest in Swan. The discussions include a short term solution to enable Saab Automobile to pay the November wages and continue reorganization. The outcome of the discussions is still uncertain. Any possible transaction would be subject to the approval of the relevant stakeholders.

Swan will keep the market informed of any developments.

This just confirms what we have heard yesterday. Now we have to wait for GM and the NDRC to approve it. I hope for the Saab employees that the short term solution is not also awaiting approval.

The Deal

Monday again, and finally we have something to report. Yesterday news broke that a new ownership structure has been reached to give Saab a lifeline. No real new facts in this post of mine, I’ll just add my few cents to what we now know. Things have turned out in a different way as I had expected a week ago to see NSC going for Saab, but then again Victor always has a trick up his sleeve. Still, the general plan to bring up a third party to cover the stake Pang Da and Youngman can’t get is there, just with slightly different players.

So let’s take a look at the basic info we got confirmed yesterday. Here’s the new ownership structure again:

SWAN: 50.1%
Chinese Bank: 29,9%
Youngman: 19,9%

First thing one would ask is where Pang Da has gone. I always emphasized that they a are a car distributor and their main goal always was to be exclusive distributor for Saab in China. That’s nothing you need a stake in Saab for, though it would give a distribution contract even more value. Besides that it has been reported a few weeks ago that they spent lots of money on supporting lease deals so there is quite a bit of work to be done at home for them. Could be another reason for them to step back and let the deal happen as the return for their investment, pre-paid cars, will come with that deal anyway.

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