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News PSA - Fiat Chrysler: will the crisis abort the merger project?

10:05  25 march  2020
10:05  25 march  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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PSA - Fiat Chrysler : la crise fera-t-elle avorter le projet de fusion ? © SP / Peugeot PSA - Fiat Chrysler: will the crisis put an end to the merger project? Shadows hang over the marriage announced between PSA Peugeot Citroën and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), because of the pandemic which weakens the two giants of the car and threatens the balance of the operation, according to financial sources.

The coronavirus threatens the PSA-Fiat Chrysler marriage. Announced at the end of October and supposed to be finalized at the beginning of 2021 at the latest, this merger, if it comes to an end, must give birth to the world number 4 of the automobile, housing under the same roof emblematic brands like Peugeot, Citröen, Jeep, Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Certainly preparations are continuing, according to these sources who requested anonymity to discuss this sensitive subject. Legal teams and lawyers are still working hard to get the go-ahead from antitrust authorities, it says. Audit and consulting firms and financiers are working on the required stock market documentation, in particular the famous F-4 file required by the SEC, the policeman of the American Stock Exchange.

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But the Covid-19 pandemic, which caused to plummet financial markets, is plunging the economy into recession and shutting down the two manufacturers' production sites by Europe and FCA in the United States. And she is now questioning the financial terms of the marriage, say these sources who are working on the transaction. "The two groups need this marriage in view of the heavy investments that must be made in the electric car but it must be recognized that, taking into account the economic situation, for the merger to take place, it is necessary to review the initial financial terms ", suggests one of the sources.

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"The assumptions on the value of companies, the income and sales projections made during the discussions must be reassessed", opines Karl Brauer, expert at Kelley Blue Book. PSA and FCA "no longer have the certainties they had even a month ago in terms of sales, revenues, market share, product mix," he said. The two groups want a merger "between equals", which, according to their plan, involves the distribution of an ordinary dividend of 1.1 billion euros to their respective shareholders for 2019.

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FCA is supposed to also pay a dividend exceptional 5.5 billion euros, while PSA must distribute to its shareholders its 46% stake in the capital of the French equipment manufacturer Faurecia. First problem: the market capitalization of Faurecia has melted by at least a third since the announcement of the engagement, so that the value of the participation of PSA had decreased by nearly a billion euros on Monday. "We will have to rebalance things between shareholders if we still want to talk about merger between equals," said one of the financial sources. "I have always found that parity is very much to Fiat's advantage. It is even more so" with the fall of the Faurecia title, adds an industry expert on condition of anonymity.

It is also no longer certain that PSA and FCA keep their promise to each pay the dividend of 1.1 billion euros, say the sources, because they must preserve their liquidity to cope with the coming collapse in sales. automobiles both in Europe, where the former earns most of its revenues, and in the United States, where the latter generates very large margins.

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Conversations between Fiat Chrysler and PSA began earlier this year, when PSA sent out advisers for a deal to turn the company into a global The merger likely would not provide much support in China, the world's largest auto market. Both entered the market in the late 1980s, only a few years later to fold.

The PSA Group- Fiat Chrysler combination announced Thursday comes as auto sales have cooled worldwide. Speaking on Fiat Chrysler ’s earnings call Thursday morning, chief executive Michael Manley said that the merger was “consistent with everything we’ve been saying for a long time about

All the more so since governments will be vigilant. French Minister of Economy Bruno Le Maire on Tuesday asked "all companies, especially the largest, to exercise the utmost restraint on the payment of dividends". "It is a time when all the money has to be used to run businesses." A fortiori if companies call on state aid.

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Auto Insurance comparator Claiming that 14 million European jobs are threatened, the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers (Acea) asked, on March 20, for a financial support for the automotive industry, which is facing "the worst crisis" ever experienced by this sector. "If PSA or FCA appeal to the state, how could they justify that they demand billions from taxpayers and at the same time distribute billions to their shareholders?" Wonders Gregori Volokhine, expert at Meeschaert Financial services.

When questioned by AFP, the French Ministry of the Economy, indirect shareholder of PSA via the sovereign fund BPIFrance (12.2%), did not wish to react. A PSA spokesperson simply recalled that the merger schedule remained "unchanged", while FCA did not follow up. Jean-Marie Messier, whose firm Messier Maris & Associés advised PSA in this transaction, and Michael Zaoui, counsel to the Peugeot family via Zaoui & Co, also did not comment.

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