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Court approves SsangYong Motor's rehabilitation plan

M&As/ Investment 16:16 August 26, 2022

SEOUL, Aug. 26 (Yonhap) -- A Seoul court on Friday approved SsangYong Motor Co.'s rehabilitation plan, as its creditors and other related parties accepted the plan despite their financial losses.

The approval came one month after SsangYong submitted its restructuring plan to the Seoul Bankruptcy Court. The court picked the local consortium led by chemical-to-steel firm KG Group as the final bidder for SsangYong in June.

SsangYong's creditor banks, subcontractors and shareholders have agreed on the carmaker's proposed debt settlement plan in a meeting presided over by the court.

This file photo provided by SsangYong Motor shows its plant in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Under the plan, SsangYong said it will pay 237 billion won (US$177 million) to its creditors, 13.97 percent of 393.8 billion won it owes to subcontractors in cash and 5.43 percent of 136.3 billion won to its Indian parent Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. in cash.

SsangYong plans to convert the remaining debt it owes to subcontractors and Mahindra into SsangYong shares in a debt-to-equity swap.

In the case of Mahindra, it will undergo two rounds of reverse stock splits -- 1-for-10 and 1-for-3.6 -- after completing the debt-to-equity swap. It will sharply lower Mahindra's stake in SsangYong to a single-digit number.

In the 1:10 reverse split, shareholders who hold 10 shares will end up with 1 share.

But the KG consortium is set to emerge as the biggest shareholder with a 61 percent stake in the SUV-focused carmaker.

The KG consortium offered the price of 335.5 billion won for SsangYong, which has been under court receivership since April 15, 2021, after Mahindra failed to attract an investor amid the COVID-19 pandemic and its worsening financial status.

The consortium recently paid all the acquisition money to SsangYong and an additional 30 billion won for the payment of debt the carmaker owes to its subcontractors.

The rehabilitation plan also includes the KG consortium's rights issue plan to raise 564.5 billion won for SsangYong's additional debt payment and operating capital.

SsangYong has undergone two rounds of court receivership in the past decade.

The China-based SAIC Motor Corp. acquired a 51 percent stake in SsangYong in 2004 but relinquished its control of the carmaker in 2009 in the wake of the global financial crisis. SsangYong was placed under the court-led debt rescheduling program in 2009.

In 2011, Mahindra acquired a 70 percent stake in SsangYong for 523 billion won and now holds a 74.65 percent stake in the carmaker.

SsangYong's lineup consists of the Tivoli, Korando, Rexton, Torres and Rexton Sports SUVs.

Trading of SsangYong shares has been suspended since Dec. 21, 2020. KPMG Samjong declined to offer its opinion for its 2021 financial report due to snowballing losses. SsangYong has posted net losses for six consecutive years through 2021.

This file photo offered by SsangYong Motor shows the Torres SUV. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

kyongae.choi@yna.co.kr
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