Swedish Automobile (SWAN) said on Thursday Saab Automobile had obtained final approval from the EIB, the NDO and the Swedish government for the sale and lease back of the Saab property and targeted 9 August for a car production re-start.

"The consortium of Swedish real estate investors led by Hemfosa Fastigheter, and including among others, Brinova Fastigheter, PEAB and Weland Fastigheter, will purchase 50.1% of the shares in Saab Property for SEK255m, reflecting an adjustment to the transaction price for a one year lease free period. Of the SEK255m, SEK205m will be paid in cash on closing and the remaining SEK50m in the form of a sellable bond convertible into shares of the purchasing company. The investors have the right to increase their commitment to SEK300m within 30 days after closing on similar terms. The parties will proceed to closing the transaction today," a statement said.

With this transaction SWAN and Saab Automobile will have raised about EUR 61m in additional funding commitments over the past weeks, the statement added.

"Saab Automobile continues its discussions with its suppliers on materials supply and commercial terms and is close to reaching agreements.

"SWAN and Saab Automobile continue their discussions with several parties to obtain further short-term funding to be able to restart and sustain production, including completion of a drawdown under the EIB loan facility.

"Given the fact that some of Saab Automobile's suppliers require a longer lead time to resume adequate supplies and the delay as a result of the summer shutdown period at many of Saab Automobile's European suppliers, Saab Automobile plans to restart production by Tuesday 9 August, provided that the above criteria are met."