EU Approves Banque PSA Financing, Demands Total Restructuring

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
eu approves banque psa financing demands total restructuring

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,”

hasn’t been enough to help stem the tide.

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  • Dimwit Dimwit on Feb 11, 2013

    Does anyone think that France will allow PSA to die?

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    • Ranwhenparked Ranwhenparked on Feb 11, 2013

      @Pch101 And the French government has a long history of being more than willing to push right up to the limits of what EU regulations will allow in terms of protectionist aid to industry. Given their past history on the subject, with their shipyards and utilities, among other industries, it would be unusual for them not to do all they can to help PSA. This is in contrast to, say, the British, who have been much more willing to allow domestic industry to die off if there's even a slight chance of the EU slapping their wrist.

  • Pan Pan on Feb 12, 2013

    Bailouts of G.M., Chrysler, and PSA may be good politics, but they are bad economics. Government should not reward bad management because they are punishing the companies that managed well. Every G.M. and Chrysler product sold damages Ford and the other companies that have earned the right to those sales. In essence,the sick have been have put among the well corrupting the marketplace. Let economic forces take their course. The survivors will take up the slack in employment and production, and the rest will go the way of Studebaker, Hudson and Nash. This is how the American economy grew and prospered. Don't mess with success.

  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Feb 12, 2013

    If France still had an army and navy, it could solve a lot of Europe's problems by invading Belgium and rounding up the bureaucrats in Brussels. And to think Vienna actually WANTED them!

  • Pastor Glenn Pastor Glenn on Feb 13, 2013

    Perhaps Mitsubishi, which needs a D-class car for North America (with the demise of the Galant), should ink a deal to have Peugeot supply rebadged 508 sedans and station wagons with 2.3 litre engines. They're built in France. The new Galant. Then advertise the heck out of it, and expand the dealerships (perhaps by approaching prior Suzuki stores in areas without Mitsubishi representation). As long as the quality is good, the cars might sell in some sufficient number. It's not like Peugeot-Citroen don't already have a relationship with Mitsubishi - Mitsubishi had been supplying their SUVs for sale as Peugeot and Citroen (with specific front clips and trim etc) until recently. I think they may have been built in the now closed Nedcar factory. (Now PSA has their own SUVs I believe).

    • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Feb 13, 2013

      I think you might have piqued the interest of Mitsubishi brass right up to "advertise the heck out of it". If Mitsubishi knew how to advertise, they'd have sold a few more cars, or at least more Americans would have heard of Mitsubishi.