Bob Lutz, Wanxiang Group Offer $20 Million for Fisker Automotive
May 24, 2013 10:45 AM
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The company was valued at nearly $2 billion in 2011
has received an offer of $20 million from a team comprised of Bob Lutz and Wanxiang Group.
VL Automotive, a venture between former General Motors Co executive Bob Lutz and industrialist Gilbert Villarreal, and China parts maker Wanxiang Group have submitted a proposal to buy Fisker Automotive for $20 million in a prepackaged bankruptcy deal.
The $20 million is a long way away from the company's value nearly two years ago. In December 2011, Fisker said its total capitalization was about $2 billion.
In April 2010, Fisker received $529 million in
progress development of high-tech vehicles. However, Fisker fell a little behind on its production schedule, and in May 2011,
DOE froze the loans due to "unmet milestones."
Fisker had only drawn $193 million of it at that point.
In March, things started getting worse for Fisker when Henrik Fisker, who co-founded Fisker Automotive in 2007,
stepped down as executive chairman
citing "several major disagreements" with "Fisker Automotive executive management on the business strategy."
To make matters worse, the company was forced to
put its U.S. workers on furlough
laid off 75 percent of its workforce
(or about 160 employees). Fisker even faced a federal lawsuit that accuses the company of not giving employees advanced notice of the mass layoffs. Under the U.S. Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, workers are supposed to have 60 days notice before being laid off.
The cherry on the cake was Fisker's missed DOE payment at the end of April.
While Fisker has crashed and burned, Tesla Motors, another American electric car company that received federal funding for clean energy from the Obama administration, has managed to
pay its entire $465 million federal loan
in full nine years earlier than expected. The company's sales for its Model S sedan are impressive and after deciding to issue more stock last week, Tesla used the proceeds to pay off its debt.
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5/24/2013 12:28:05 PM
I'll never forget Lutz's interview during the whole bailout crisis. I've never seen someone so unwilling to accept responsibility for driving his company into the ground. "It's the legacy costs from pensions." "It's the slowing demand for SUVs."
Or maybe it's you don't know how to succeed in the market. Lutz is a clown, I have zero respect for that man.
5/24/2013 2:17:04 PM
The sad part is, his attitude and cluelessness is par for the course at GM. The entire senior executive staff at General Motors is in an ivory tower, oblivious to the world around them, and oblivious to anything going on inside the company. GM was, and still is, a complete disaster of a company.
5/24/2013 7:47:35 PM
That's how you know Obama cared more about saving the Unions than actually fixing GM: That dickbag Lutz is still around, still making the same mistakes.
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