Sweden’s debt enforcement agency will allow a total of eight Saab claimants – including three auto suppliers – to proceed further with the automaker’s finances now being examined with a view to any repayment.
The Kronofogden agency examined dossiers from 42 Saab suppliers and other bodies, while making its decision today (25 July) to allow eight companies to proceed to the next level.
Of the eight companies that also include consultants and other companies, three are direct suppliers, namely two bodies from Kongsberg Automotive and one from Kongsberg Actuation System.
“When Saab gets this judgement from Kronofogden, one goes to Saab and one goes to the claimant,” a spokeswoman for the debt enforcement agency told just-auto. “Either this case is done nothing with or they say we want you to look into Saab’s bank account and see if we can have any money.
“Only Kronofogden can do that. So eight of these companies want Kronofogden to go into Saab’s bank account.”
The Kronofogden spokeswoman added all 42 companies “of course want their money,” but only eight wanted action to be taken straight away.
“The others want to wait and see what happens,” she said. “But perhaps next month, they can say: ‘We have changed our mind and want you to see if there is any money.”
Swedish reports indicated that supplier IAC was among those owed money and speculated the amount could be as high as SEK44m (US$7m), although calls to IAC were not returned.
SwePart Tools applied last week for bankruptcy for Saab Tools, but although declining to name the manufacturer, the Swedish automaker told just-auto it had settled the matter agreeing “payment terms.”
No-one at SwePart was available for comment today (25 July) – the manufacturer is believed to have started its summer holiday.
A spokesperson for Saab was equally not immediately available.