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Saab is against the ropes, it's the bottom of the ninth with two outs, fourth and goal and [insert other cliched sports analogy here]. The struggles faced by the Swedish automaker have been a constant news item for a long time now – Business deals went south, and the automaker has since been on a downward spiral of collections claims, angry suppliers and unpaid employees. Now comes more news from Trollhättan, and it's a bit of a mixed bag.

Swedish site The Local claims that Saab produced $531 million in black ink in 2009. Not possible, right? General Motors was, after all, all too ready to walk away and let the Born from Jets automaker die a pauper's death. Well, it seems as though all automaker profits come chock-full of asterisks, and the half a billion dollar profit is certainly no different. Saab was reportedly able to make with the dough by brokering deals with creditors to write off 75 percent of its debt and by selling tech