Before and after Saab had gone bankrupt, pipe-dreamers thought that the company can be revived with just a few million dollars. The number commonly used was $50 to $70 million. We maintained that it would cost a few billion dollars to get the company going again.
As it turns out, we were way too optimistic.
Saab’s unpaid bills are between SEK12-13 billion (USD1.8-2 billion) says the Wall-Street Journal. The number is based on information from the court-appointed receivers. A full accounting will be published on April 10.
The books must have been in a royal mess if it had taken until now to establish total debt with a ten percent variance.
It is no surprise that no buyer was found for Saab as a whole. The buyer would have shouldered the $2 billion in debt and would have needed another 2 billion at least to have a chance at viability.
Also on April 10 is the final deadline for bids for Saab assets. According to the Journal, “a handful of parties are interested in buying Saab Automobile’s facilities in Trollhättan, Sweden. All of them are interested in producing cars at the plant.”