China’s National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), the owner of the Saab automaker since 2012, has won protection from creditors thanks to a Swedish ruling last Friday. The company asked for the court ruling as it concludes funding talks.
The company has not built any cars since May due to a money shortage and this court decision gives it some space from creditors. The carmaker owes around $57.56 million US dollars. That is quite some relief! Saab AB, the defense firm from which Saab Automobile was created in 1990, added to NEVS’s issues – arguing it has lost its right to use the brand name Saab.
A spokesperson for Saab AB said that NEVS’ application for creditor protection gave Saab AB the right to cancel the brand agreement. A spokesman for NEVS stated that the company expects to be able to renegotiate the Saab brand agreement following a solution to its funding issues.
The first application from NEVS for creditor protection was rejected by the court, with the second one filed last Friday ending in a win for the Saab buyer. NEVS has been in talks with two unnamed car producers to get an additional budget for a possible turnaround. The company made a pretax loss of 601 million crowns (around $85,8 million U.S. dollars) on sales of 41 million last year.
By Gabriela Florea