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New share issue to help raise quick cash for Saab

AFP/The Local · 15 Aug 2011, 12:04

Published: 15 Aug 2011 12:04 GMT+02:00

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"The exact number of shares to be issued and the price thereof will depend on the pricing period which commences today," Swedish Automobile, formerly known as Spyker, said in a press release.

It said the notice was issued under a "current 150 million euro equity facility" between itself and GEM, as it continued to try and raise short-term funding to restart production at its Trollhaettan plant in Sweden.

Assembly lines have been silent on and off since April as suppliers stopped deliveries over unpaid bills.

Swedish Automobile has been seeking fresh cash since March to secure the carmaker's future through real estate deals and by entering into an agreement with Chinese distributors.

The iconic Swedish brand was saved at the last minute in early 2010 when it was bought by small Dutch firm Spyker from US giant General Motors.

The new owner had big ambitions for Saab but the carmaker, which employed some 3,700 people by the end of July, has since then lurched from one cash crisis to another.

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Swedish Automobile's share price dipped by 2.68 percent to 1.05 euros in early trading on the Amsterdam stock exchange on Monday.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:04 August 15, 2011 by McChatter
OK, this will (maybe) take care of the wages for the month of August. But this is a one-off deal by Muller only to be carried out in a crisis. He can't keep on indefinitely pulling financial rabbits out of top hats. When are the big investors coming on board or is it all in Muller's mind?
18:39 August 15, 2011 by CurtInFalcon
There is talk on "Inside Saab" website that a deal with an investor is in the works. The post did not give any detail but at least confirmed rumors of a possible investor. If true, this is great news for Saab and could also solve their short-term liquidity problems. Don't count Saab out now. It's a company with many lives.
21:22 August 15, 2011 by SEBLOGGER
There are no investors!
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