Chrysler's Decline is Magna's Loss
Greg Keenan of the Globe and Mail reports that Chrysler's decision to temporarily abstain from producing trucks and minivans hits Canadian automotive parts-supplier Magna International like a kick in the nuts [paraphrasing]. Despite attempts to diversify its customer base beyond Detroit, Chrysler remains Magna's number one customer. "Magna accounts for about $1,900 (U.S.) worth of parts in the assembly of every Chrysler minivan," Keenan reveals. With Chrysler's Missouri minivan plant closing until further notice, Magna's Missouri minivan seat plant is SOL. Even the street still thinks Magna is too closely linked to the domestics, having bid down the supplier's shares from $100/sh in August 2007 to $60 – $70/sh today– a drop that parallels the drops in value of both Ford & GM. On the bright side, at least they're not Ford nor GM.