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Doosan to raise 1 tln won by selling shares, assets

Industry 11:50 June 11, 2020

SEOUL, June 11 (Yonhap) -- Debt-laden Doosan Group will raise 1 trillion won (US$800 million) this year by selling new shares and its assets to ease its cash shortage crisis, the group's chairman said Thursday.

Park Jeong Won, chairman of the group, said the group will push for sales of its assets in line with a plan to reorganize its business line and Doosan Heavy's financial structure.

In return for 3.6 trillion won in financial support from state-run banks, Doosan Heavy, the country's leading power equipment maker, proposed a shake-up of its business structure to focus more on renewables.

This photo shows Doosan Tower, Doosan Group's building in Seoul. (Yonhap)

Doosan Corp., the parent of Doosan Heavy, is seeking to sell Doosan Tower, the group's building, and its stake in its units, as well as some of its businesses, to improve its financial structure and raise money to repay the debts owed by its flagship Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Park said.

Park also said the credit crunch of the group was caused by failed business reorganization and poor financial health of the group's construction unit Doosan Engineering & Construction Co.

Doosan Heavy said earlier it will increase its presence in such areas as offshore wind power plants and energy storage systems, as well as make inroads into tidal power, solar power and other energy sectors.

The cash-strapped company's business line ranges from nuclear and coal power plants to gas turbines for liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plants, solar and wind power plants and water desalinization plants.

ksnam@yna.co.kr
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