Fiat SpA Works to Expand Chrysler Hold

Bloomberg News - February 12, 2013

Fiat SpA is said to be dis­cussing financ­ing options with banks to strength­en its bal­ance sheet in prepa­ra­tion to buy the Chrysler Group LLC stake it doesn’t own.

Find out what CEO Ser­gio Mar­chionne is work­ing on.

Ser­gio Mar­chionne, chief exec­u­tive offi­cer of both automak­ers, has held talks with banks to help pay for at least some of the 41.5 per­cent held by the Unit­ed Auto Work­ers med­ical ben­e­fits trust for Chrysler retirees, said the peo­ple, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied because the talks are pri­vate. A final deal may take months because Fiat and the trust dis­agree over the val­ue of the shares, they said.

Mar­chionne is eval­u­at­ing options that include a bridge loan to com­plete the deal, two of the peo­ple said. The Ital­ian car­mak­er may pay around 2.23 bil­lion euros ($2.98 bil­lion) to buy the remain­ing stake, accord­ing to an esti­mate from Gold­man Sachs Group Inc., which sees a deal pos­si­ble with­in 12 months.




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