By on February 18, 2014

Last week, Rueters reported that Wanxiang, a Chinese parts supplier, had won the bankruptcy auction for Fisker Automotive. The bid was valued around $149.2 million. The deal comes to close after a bidding war between Wanxiang and Hybrid LLC — a group who includes Richard Li, a Fisker investor and Hong Kong billionaire. In November, Fisker asked for Hybrid Technology LLC to purchase the bankrupt company for $25 million, but creditors objected the deal in November and brought Wanxiang into the case in December.

Today Delaware, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross approved of the sale to Wanxiang. He stated that the auction “shows that a fair process is a good thing.”

The sale came after a 19 round biding war between Wanxiang and Hybrid Technology LLC, and includes the shuttered General Motors assembly plant that Fisker purchased in 2010. Bloomberg reports, “[the] offer includes $126.2 million in cash, plus equity and $8 million in assumed liabilities.”

Wanxiang also bought A123 Systems Inc. last year after its bankruptcy for $256.6 million. A123 produced the Fisker batteries, which Henrick Fisker attributed to the failure of Fisker after A123 went through bankruptcy in October of 2012, and exiting in March of 2013.


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19 Comments on “Delaware Bankruptcy Judge Approves Sale Of Fisker Automotive to China’s Wanxiang...”

  • avatar

    “No, really, this car will be awesome”*

    *Once those faery-magic battery guys deliver an actual product to us.

    Whoever put a dime into Fisker originally should be committed.

    • 0 avatar

      $25M to $150M is quite the range. What is the current real world value of the assets and liabilities? Same for A123? I bet the Chinese could create similar companies from scratch for less money. Unless they are adding the soft value of having US companies to their bids.

  • avatar

    Bob Lutz is putting Corvette powertrains into the Fisker. This sounds more promising, even if it doesn’t “save the planet”.

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    Da Coyote

    “Whoever put a dime into Fisker originally should be committed.”

    In this file photo, Fisker Automotive’s Fisker Karma, a sports … The Obama administration announced Friday it will lose $139 million … of the loan program and President Barack Obama’s investments in green energy.

    You’re partically correct. That’s committed after serving consecutive life terms for scientific ineptness, total lack of leadership, and crony politics by a certain unnamed politician with fake credentials.

    • 0 avatar

      And how much did the two wars that George W Bozo got us into cost? You repukes make me want to throw up with your hypocrisy. When W and Cheney have been tried and executed for treason, then you can talk about the current president being a criminal.

      • 0 avatar

        I agreed Charlie they are both war criminals. Regarding this deal maybe the China can turn these lemons to lemonade.

      • 0 avatar
        George B

        The issue with Fisker is they received government money to develop a luxury electric car obviously too expensive to sell in enough volume to ever put a dent in US fuel consumption. Probably couldn’t generate profits to make a self-sustaining business. It was a beautiful luxury toy sold with promises of jobs in the Vice President’s home state. What did make a difference were transmissions with a wider range of gear ratios and electric power steering applied to almost all new cars.

        The US got attacked by Terrorists based in Afghanistan and the congressional vote to go to war wasn’t even close. 420-1 in the House and 98-0 in the Senate. That’s about as united and bipartisan anything in congress gets.

        The separate vote to go to war in Iraq was more divided, but it passed with the support of a lot of Democrats that had access to the same intelligence briefings. Probably foolish to try to do nation building in an Arab Muslim country, but I don’t see treason.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Dumbest automotive purchase ever.

  • avatar

    Man, that money Obama invested into “green” cars like Fisker has really paid off.

    There are electric cars everywhere on the roads and Fisker has paid back every penny to the taxpayers…

    …no wait, the technology will be given away essentially for free to the Chinese.

    Smart power, indeed.

    • 0 avatar

      Dude! This is what the majority in America voted for. They elected the guy not just once. They elected him twice, fair and square. This is the direction the majority wanted America to be going in.

      I don’t like it either but that’s life. I’ve learned to suck it up and deal with it.

      Notice, I did not say support it. I make sure my traceable household income stays below the filing cut off.

      It’s a full-time job but someone’s got to do it.

      • 0 avatar

        Bush was elected twice a well…the American voter is dumb ass hell and I see nothing on the horizon that will change that.

        • 0 avatar

          Yep, you got that right — the American voter is dumb and ignorant, voting for empty promises that are just political rhetoric and hot air.

          Truth be told, I did a lot better and was a whole lot better off under Clinton and Shrub than under the current regime.

          But at least the political situation has calmed down for the moment and the status quo will remain until the Nov 2014 election at which time it goes into turmoil again, no matter who wins big.

          It’s always one side keeping the other side from getting anything done.

          • 0 avatar

            If he USA were not armed to the tooth and has shown that it’s willing to use nuclear weapons in anger, the whole thing would be great entertainment for the rest of the world.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      Don’t worry about the technology – there is nothing novel about it.

    • 0 avatar

      And they’ll take it and make it work and make a profit at it.

  • avatar

    Oh the humanity! First Hummer and now this!

    Sarcasm mode off.

    The good news is: Wanxiang plans to team up with Bob Lutz and his partner Gilbert Villarreal, who have established VL Automotive to build the VL Destino. So sometime in the future we’ll have a four door luxury ZL-1.

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