By William Maley
Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
May 30, 2013
According to Bloomberg, Fiat is reportedly seeking $10 Billion in financing to buy out the remaining 41.5% of Chrysler that is being held by the retiree trust of the United Auto Workers and refinance the two automakers' debt.
Fiat has been in talks with a number of banks such as Bank of America Corp., Deutsche Bank AG, and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., to secure financing. Earlier reports said Fiat was seeking around $4 Billion, but that figure has risen considerably. This is most likely due to a court case in Deleware between Fiat and the UAW arguing the total price for the remaining shares.
“The merger is the right choice for Marchionne and the only possible option to avoid Fiat being marginalized or bought by a competitor in the medium term. I see it as likely that they will get favorable financing by the end of the summer and then list in the U.S,” said Emanuele Vizzini, chief investment officer of Investitori Sgr in Milan.
The cquisition of remaining shares could happen by this summer, but the merging of the two companies isn't likely to happen until till next year.