IMPORTANT NEWS: National Electric Vehicle Sweden has agreed to buy the assets of Saab Automobile and the sale is expected to be finalized during the summer.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Saab files for bankruptcy

Swedish Automobile has just announced that its subsidiaries Saab Automobile AB, Saab Automobile Tools AB and Saab Automobile Powertrain AB files for bankruptcy.
Zeewolde, The Netherlands, 19 December 2011 – Swedish Automobile N.V. (Swan) announces that Saab Automobile AB (Saab Automobile), Saab Automobile Tools AB and Saab Powertrain AB filed for bankruptcy with the District Court in Vänersborg, Sweden this morning.
After having received the recent position of GM on the contemplated transaction with Saab Automobile, Youngman informed Saab Automobile that the funding to continue and complete the reorganization of Saab Automobile could not be concluded. The Board of Saab Automobile subsequently decided that the company without further funding will be insolvent and that filing bankruptcy is in the best interests of its creditors. It is expected that the Court will approve of the filing and appoint receivers for Saab Automobile very shortly.
Swan does not expect to realize any value from its shares in Saab Automobile and will write off its interest in Saab Automobile completely.

Saab's CEO and Chairman Victor Muller on his way into Vänersborg District Court with the bankruptcy applications

"I'm in despair and furious at once," Victor Muller told TTELA today after Saab filed for bankruptcy.

Muller told TTELA that the decision to file for bankruptcy was taken this morning after he received the reply on an email he sent to GM concerning the latest proposal to save Saab.

When asked how he feels about GM right now, Muller responded "how would you feel?".

"GM said that they would not support any investment from Youngman, it be loan or capital investment. Youngman could not disregard that threat," said Muller.