The Truth About Cars » banque psa http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:36:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » banque psa http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com PSA Peugeot Citroen Wins EU Approval For 7 Billion Euro Loan From French Government http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/psa-peugeot-citroen-wins-eu-approval-for-7-billion-euro-loan-from-french-government/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/psa-peugeot-citroen-wins-eu-approval-for-7-billion-euro-loan-from-french-government/#comments Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=497532 Europe’s second biggest automaker, PSA Peugeot Citroen, has gotten approval from the European Union for the French government to guarantee $9.28 billion (7 billion Euros) in bonds to provide Banque PSA Finance, the car maker’s finance arm, with funds so they can sell cars on credit at competitive interest rates. “We have arrived at a […]

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Europe’s second biggest automaker, PSA Peugeot Citroen, has gotten approval from the European Union for the French government to guarantee $9.28 billion (7 billion Euros) in bonds to provide Banque PSA Finance, the car maker’s finance arm, with funds so they can sell cars on credit at competitive interest rates.

“We have arrived at a formula which allows PSA to restructure in accordance with clear limits, reducing to a minimum the damaging effects for competitors who have not received support from public funding,” said Joaquin Almunia, EU Competition Commissioner, in a written statement. “This is a balanced result which offers the PSA group the chance to make a new start on a sound basis.”

The bonds helps Peugeot keep down borrowing costs, a vital ingredient in offering loans competitive with the financing deals offered by companies like Volkswagen, Europe’s biggest automaker.

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EU Approves Banque PSA Financing, Demands Total Restructuring http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/eu-approves-banque-psa-financing-demands-total-restructuring/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/eu-approves-banque-psa-financing-demands-total-restructuring/#comments Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:28:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=477222 After approving a $1.6 billion loan guarantee for PSA’s captive finance arm, the European Commission demanded a restructuring plan for all of PSA within six months. Reuters quotes an EU spokesman as telling the French government “We expect France to notify to us of a restructuring plan, not just for the banking arm but for the whole […]

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After approving a $1.6 billion loan guarantee for PSA’s captive finance arm, the European Commission demanded a restructuring plan for all of PSA within six months.

Reuters quotes an EU spokesman as telling the French government

“We expect France to notify to us of a restructuring plan, not just for the banking arm but for the whole PSA group, because this aid also benefits the whole group,”

Government aid for Banque PSA was first proposed back in October, as it became difficult for the finance unit to borrow money due to the overall weakness of PSA itself. A bailout of Banque PSA was also seen as more palatable than providing aid to the car making unit.

Details of any potential restructuring are unclear, but the EU wants to make sure that PSA’s business will remain viable without any further state aid. Either way, PSA will be under the gun even further, as attempts to cut jobs have already raised the ire of France’s powerful labor unions and the current left-wing government.

Lacking the same profit sources as its French rival Renault (like low cost cars and exposure to healthy markets), PSA has been in the toilet financially, bleeding as much as 200 million euros per month. Even the new 208, France’s best-selling car last month, hasn’t been enough to help stem the tide.

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