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Saab Automobile enters agreement with Hawtai Motor Group on strategic partnership

Spyker Cars N.V. and Saab Automobile AB (Saab Automobile) have signed an agreement with Hawtai Motor Group Company Limited (Hawtai). This agreement, which follows Spyker’s securing €59.1 in financing (earlier post), conditionally secures medium-term funding and includes financing in the form of subscription agreements in the amount of €150 million (US$222 million) as well as a strategic alliance for China including joint ventures on manufacturing, technology and distribution.

Spyker will enter into a subscription agreement with Hawtai in the total amount of €120 million (US$178 million) for in aggregate 24.6 million shares as well as a €30 million (US$44.5 million) convertible loan, subject to definitive transaction documentation and certain conditions.

As a part of the transaction Hawtai will invest€120 million for up to a maximum of a 29.9% equity stake in Spyker on a fully diluted basis. The remaining €30 million will be in the form of a convertible loan agreement in the amount of €30 million with a 6-month maturity, an interest rate of 7% per annum and a conversion price of €4.88 per share.

The transactions are subject to agreement on definitive transaction documents and certain conditions, which include consents from certain Chinese governmental agencies, the European Investment Bank and the Swedish National Debt Office. As part of the transaction, Tenaci Capital will convert €42 million (US$62 million) of its current loan to Spyker into share capital in Spyker at €4.88 per share, thereby substantially reducing Spyker’s interest burden.

The partnership with Hawtai allows Saab Automobile on the one hand to continue executing its business plan since we secured the required mid-term financing subject to meeting certain conditions, whilst on the other hand it allows Saab Automobile to enter the Chinese car market and establish a technology partnership with a strong Chinese manufacturer.

We expect that Saab’s unique brand values based on its aviation heritage, Scandinavian origins and innovation-driven character will do very well in the Chinese market. Our driver-oriented vehicles appeal to a whole new group of independently thinking customers who appreciate Saab’s advanced designs, safety and responsible performance. With Hawtai’s clean diesel engine technologies and production capacity, and its ambitious development programs, we have found the right partner to develop the Saab business and build a solid relationship.

—Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker and Chairman of Saab Automobile

The partnership with the iconic Saab brand will give us access to innovative technologies and an international network which would have taken us decades to build. On the other hand we have a very strong Chinese manufacturing and distribution infrastructure which we will make available to our new partner Saab Automobile. Our participation in Spyker, Saab’s parent company, demonstrates our commitment to the future of Saab Automobile as a premium European car manufacturer.

—Richard Zhang, Vice President of Hawtai

Founded in 2000, Hawtai is a China-based privately-owned automotive company with its headquarters and R&D center located in Beijing, and two production facilities located in Ordos, Inner Mongolia and Rongcheng, Shandong Province. Hawtai currently has an annual production capacity of 350,000 vehicles, 300,000 diesel engines and 450,000 automatic transmissions. By 2015, Hawtai aims to have raised this capacity to 1 million vehicles, 1 million engines and 1 million automatic transmissions, and to have established itself as a global leading automotive company.

Comments

HarveyD

This seems to be a low cost smart way to acquire Saab's technology and knowhow to eventually produce a high quality product in China.

Why not.

SJC

Kind of sad that a minor Chinese company can buy there way in at a steep discount, but that is a factor of Saab management. If they had watched the bottom line, then it might have been OK, but then again they were part of GM that had the worst management on the planet.

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