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M&M in talks with an investor for majority stake sale in Ssangyong, looks for buyers, Auto News, ET Auto

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NEW DELHI: Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), which acquired Ssangyong Motor Company (SMC) in 2010, is searching for investors to offer a greater part stake of about 70% in the Korean automaker, a best formal stated in a press conference now.

SMC has failed to spend back again its money owed to its loan providers on time. The enterprise filed for courtroom receivership on December 21, 2020.

Pawan Goenka, handling director, Mahindra & Mahindra, stated, “We are in serious dialogue with an investor to spend in SMC for a greater part stake. We hope to conclude the phrase sheet by future week”

“SMC was not equipped to meet its obligations for financial debt payment to some of the overseas banking institutions and then to KDB and hence had to implement for chilly receivers. And together with chilly receiver sip, Ssangyong also requested the courtroom for some thing that is called ARS, and underneath a scheme, the courtroom provides acceptance to the enterprise to discover a option on their individual and provides a time body. And for the duration of this time, the enterprise is managed by the enterprise administration and the courtroom does not intervene. So the courtroom has granted the ARS and the day for that is February 28, 2021. That suggests we have two additional months to conclude the deal with the investor.”

If the deal concludes, Mahindra will give absent the greater part ownership and will be a minor shareholder of thirty% or considerably less. The enterprise will also do a 25% funds reduction which is allowed underneath RBI regulation.

Anish Shah, team president (approach) for the Mahindra Team, stated, “The board had made the decision not to fund SMC outside of 40 billion won that we invested in April and May perhaps. At this level, we are optimistic that there is a great chance that a buyer may well arrive in and go on Ssangyong. If that does not materialize, then the enterprise would go by means of pre-packaged rehabilitation, and there could be other solutions for that as well. But in both situation, M&M would cease to be a greater part shareholder by the conclusion of this fiscal year. And that is some thing that we are dedicated from a funds allocation standpoint.”

In spite of quite a few attempts by M&M to switch about operations of Ssangyong Motor Company, the Korean carmaker has been reporting losses for fifteen consecutive quarters and having difficulties to spend back again its money owed. It even sold non-main belongings to generate liquidity previously this year, soon after M&M declined to inject new funds.

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