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Porsche's merger with Volkswagen is a step back from Porsche taking outright control of VW, something the automaker has been fighting various German entities to do for over a year. The willingness to co-exist is being put down to Porsche's debt levels, which can't be easy to refinance when banks are holding on to their money like a toddler guarding his last chocolate Easter bunny.

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GM was able to avoid bankruptcy court when it received billions in government loans, but Deutsche Bank automotive analyst Rod Lache feels GM will have a tough time getting concessions from bondholders, making bankruptcy far move likely. GM's deal with the government includes a stipulation that demands the General swaps a great deal of its $36 billion in outstanding debt for equity. Failure to do so means that GM will have to return the $13.4 billion given by the government.

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