A little bit of Spyker news has drifted through the internet tubes today.
First of all, a date has been set for Victor Muller’s case against GM. It’ll go up for oral arguments on February 19 next year.
On a different note, there’s also some automotive news from Spyker today: the signing of a definitive agreement with Youngman based on the framework agreement they forged a few months ago.
The deal in a nutshell:
- Youngman will invest money into Spyker NV but will not exceed 29.9% ownership.
- Youngman and Spyker will establish a joint venture – Spyker P2P B.V. – of which Youngman will own 75% and Spyker 25%. Youngman contribute 25million Euros and Spyker contribute technology for the D8 Peking-to-Paris SSUV. They plan to launch this vehicle in 2014.
- Another joint venture created under this deal is Spyker Phoenix B.V. Youngman owns 80% and Spyker owns 20%. Youngman will contribute the rights they own to parts of Saab’s Phoenix platform. They will also provide all required funding.
- Spyker Phoenix shall develop and manufacture a new full range of premium car models based on the Phoenix platform which will be positioned higher than the comparable Saab models were. Spyker Phoenix products may be manufactured in Europe and China as the case may be.
Youngman will get spots on Spyker’s Management and Supervisory boards BUT this whole enchilada is still subject to due diligence and government approval (Youngman are pretty well hooked in with the government – NDRC approval shouldn’t ever be taken for granted, but wasn’t considered to be a problem back in 2011).
Shall we mention the elephant in the corner of the room?
Should this deal go ahead, there will be one company building cars in Trollhattan with the Saab name on them (NEVS) but using a completely new and different powertrain. There’ll also be a company building cars based on Saab-derived technology in either Europe or China. According to the release, they’ll be in similar segments to Saab, but positioned at the higher end of the market and knowing Victor’s penchant for finer things, I’m pretty sure they’re going to be kitted out with a certain amount of flair.
The elephantine question(s) – does one interest you more than the other? Does either interest you at all?
The press release:
SPYKER AND YOUNGMAN SIGN DEFINITIVE TRANSACTION DOCUMENTATION BASED ON THE FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT SIGNED
AUGUST 27, 2012 Zeewolde, the Netherlands, 6 December 2012 — Spyker N.V. (“Spyker”) announces that it has signed a subscription agreement including accessory agreements (the “Transaction Documentation”) with the Chinese car manufacturer Zhejiang Youngman Passenger Car Group Co, Ltd (“Youngman”) today.
The Transaction Documentation entails the following transactions:
- Subject to satisfactory completion by Youngman of a due diligence on Spyker and the satisfaction of other conditions as set out in the Transaction Documentation – including the necessary governmental approvals – Youngman will invest Euro 10,000,000 in Spyker of which approximately Euro 7,000,000 as subscription for such number of Class A shares in Spyker as will constitute 29.9% of the issued and outstanding share capital of Spyker on a fully diluted basis. If the new shares to Youngman are issued prior to the reverse stock split – which is part of the amendment of Spyker’s Articles of Association to be approved during the Extra-ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders of 21 December 2012- the purchase price will amount to Euro 0.05. If the new shares are issued at or after the reverse stock split, the purchase price will amount to Euro 5.00 per share. Youngman undertakes to not exceed the 29.9% threshold and therefore has no ambition to make a mandatory offer on all outstanding shares in Spyker. Spyker’s CEO Victor R. Muller will also observe that threshold.
- The remaining payment of approximately Euro 3,000,000 shall be provided to Spyker in the form of a convertible loan which bears an interest of 2.5% per annum. The convertible loan does not have a maturity date and may only be discharged by conversion into shares.
- Youngman has conditionally paid Euro 2,300,000 to Spyker for 46 million Class A shares. It is expected that the remaining Euro 7,700,000 will be paid in installments on or before the end of January 2013 provided that all conditions have been timely met.
- Youngman and Spyker have established a Joint Venture called Spyker P2P B.V. (“Spyker P2P”) in which Youngman holds 75% of the shares and Spyker 25%. Youngman agreed to make a cash contribution in the amount of Euro 25,000,000 whilst Spyker has made its contribution by transferring the technology it developed for the Spyker D8 Peking- to-Paris, a $ 250,000 four door Super Sports Utility Vehicle (“SSUV”). Youngman’s contribution shall be paid in installments in accordance with the development and manufacturing plan of the SSUV with the objective of launching that car by the end of 2014. Additional models on the SSUV’s aluminum space frame and technology are being contemplated.
- Youngman and Spyker have jointly incorporated a second Joint Venture called Spyker Phoenix B.V. (“Spyker Phoenix”) in which Youngman holds 80% of the shares whilst Spyker holds 20%. Youngman will contribute the rights to the Phoenix platform as developed by Saab Automobile AB in 2010/2011 to which Youngman acquired a license in 2011 as well as provide all required funding.
- Spyker Phoenix shall develop and manufacture a new full range of premium car models based on the Phoenix platform which models will be positioned higher than the comparable Saab models were. Spyker Phoenix products may be manufactured in Europe and China as the case may be.
- Spyker transferred all of its trademarks to a Joint Venture called Spyker Trademark Company B.V. (“Spyker Trademark”), in which Youngman holds 75% of the shares whilst Spyker holds 25% of the shares. Spyker Trademark granted a licence to Spyker, SpykerP2P and Spyker Phoenix for the use of the Spyker trademark.
- Youngman and Spyker agree to provide all the (manufacturing) technologies owned by each of them to Spyker Phoenix for its use free of charge. P2P and Spyker agreed to provide all the (manufacturing) technologies owned or licensed by each of them to each other free of charge.
- Youngman has the right to nominate 1/3 of Spyker’s supervisory board and 1/3 of Spyker’s management board. On the agenda for the upcoming EGMS of 21 December 2012 is the proposal to appoint Mr. Qingnian Pang as member of the supervisory board of Spyker. The Youngman nominee for the management board will be nominated for appointment in Spyker’s annual shareholder’s meeting in 2013. Tenaci Capital B.V. (“Tenaci”) shall be entitled to nominate one person for appointment to the management board and one person for appointment to the supervisory board and it shall be entitled to nominate the chairperson of the supervisory board and the chairperson of the management board.
Victor R. Muller, Spyker’s CEO said: “Signing the Transaction Documentation is a mile stone for Spyker. We have conditionally secured our short and mid-term funding and forged a strong partnership with Youngman which will allow us to expand our product range with the long awaited Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris SSUV and possibly additional models on the basis of that platform. Moreover Spyker has secured a 20% stake in the development of all Phoenix based vehicles, which development will be funded by Youngman in the coming years. All in all, being virtually debt free, refinanced and with an exciting product range in the making, this strong partnership with Youngman allows Spyker to enter a new chapter in its history.”
Pang Qingnian, Youngman’s CEO said: “We are delighted that after weeks of intense preparations we have signed the final documentation and can move on to the next steps in our partnership: The implementation of our strategic plans for both the Spyker C8 Aileron and D8 Peking-to-Paris on the one hand and the Phoenix based Spyker models on the other. We are confident that after having worked together so closely in our efforts to save Saab Automobile AB last year, our partnership in Spyker will bear the fruits we were unfortunately unable to harvest earlier.”