Opel bid down to 3..Magna,Fiat & Ripplewood











German Economy Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said he remains unpersuaded by any of the three bids for General Motors Corp.’s Opel unit even after Fiat SpA sweetened its offer aimed at winning state aid.

Guttenberg, who is leading efforts to find a “viable” bid for GM’s European operations, said today Fiat’s new offer was being reviewed to see “if they can stand up everything they say.” Questions also remain over bids by Canadian car-parts maker Magna International Inc. and RHJ International SA, a fund that has some former holdings of private-equity firm Ripplewood Holdings LLC, he said in an interview in Berlin.

“We still cannot be sure whether Magna, or Fiat, or Ripplewood will ensure that bridge loans won’t disappear into a black hole; that any further guarantees will be effective; and that they’re really offering something more than high-minded romantic ideas,” Guttenberg said.

Fiat, which is in talks to form an alliance with Chrysler LLC in North America, raised its offer for Opel after Magna emerged yesterday as the leading bidder, according to state leaders including Roland Koch. Russelsheim-based Opel has said it needs 3.3 billion euros ($4.6 billion) in state aid to survive as GM struggles to avoid a June 1 bankruptcy.

A meeting hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday agreed to focus on Aurora, Ontario-based Magna, Canada’s largest car-parts maker, for “concrete talks” because it offers the prospect of developing new markets and avoiding “dependence on Fiat-Chrysler technology,” Koch, the prime minister of Hesse state, where Opel is based, said today in an interview.

“Fiat has improved its offer because it needs Opel’s technology,” Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, director of the Center for Automotive Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen, said in an interview. At the same time, new offers “will unfortunately delay the process to find a solution for Opel when time is getting short because GM’s insolvency is looming on the horizon.”

The bids from Magna and RHJ include cash, while Fiat’s offer requires 7 billion euros of financing to reorganize Opel, according to people familiar with the matter. Fiat’s bid has two parts: an offer for the Opel and U.K.-based Vauxhall units, and an alternative plan to also buy GM’s operations in Brazil and Argentina, one of the people said.


my head says fiat will be succesful and continue on with their auto monopoly bandwagon..but my heart says ripplewood may pip them on the post..will be a very interesting week thats for sure..always watch the quiet ones..



~ by seeker401 on May 25, 2009.

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