Fisker Finally Files For Bankruptcy – But What Will It Be Reborn As?

NOV 23 2013 BY JAY COLE 8

Fisker Finally Files For Chapter 11

Fisker Finally Files For Chapter 11

After billionaire Richard Li lead a group winning the DoE auction of Fisker Automotive’s debt to the government, and thereby essentially taking control of the company, it was only a matter of time before bankruptcy was announced.

The last Fisker Karma Was Built In July of 2012

The last Fisker Karma Was Built In July of 2012

And that day came this week, as a Chapter 11 petition was filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday, November 22.

The Pacific Century Group’s offer has spawned a company called “Hybrid Technology LLC”, which is taking over at the helm at Fisker.  The new company will provide $8 million in financing (DIP) to fund the sale and Chapter 11 process.

Through this filing we now also know that the group paid $25 million to the DoE for the right to control Fisker’s future, – meaning the government only recouped $53 million of the $192 million originally invested – good for a loss of about $139 million.

Naturally, government officials had their own special way of expressing this transaction:

“Because of these actions, along with the sale announced today, the Energy Department has protected nearly three-quarters of our original commitment to Fisker,” said Bill Gibbons, a DoE spokesman.

Fisker had won a $529 million loan in 2009 as part of the ATVML program and was being granted payouts on that loan by the Deptartment of Energy as they reached proformance benchmarks before being cut off in 2011.

An Investor Group Lead By Richard Li Paid $25 Million To The DoE For Control Over Fisker

An Investor Group Lead By Richard Li Paid $25 Million To The DoE For Control Over Fisker

Other points of interest disclosed in the filing:

  • Fisker listed assets of as much as $500 million 
  • Debt of as much as $1 billion
  • Largest creditor without collateral – BMW Group at $74 million

Production of the Fisker Karma stopped about 18 months ago, but this move will open the door for production to be restarted eventually – if that is the intent of Hybrid Technology LLC.

“As we continue to examine Fisker’s opportunities, we will be making decisions  about the structure and footprint of the new business,” –  Caroline Langdale, spokeswoman for Hybrid  Technology

Official Fisker Statement on the Filing:

Fisker Automotive Announces Agreement for Asset Sale to Hybrid Tech Holdings

ANAHEIM HILLS, Calif., Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Fisker Automotive, Inc. and Fisker Automotive Holdings, Inc. (collectively, Fisker Automotive) announced today that they have entered into an asset purchase agreement with Hybrid Tech Holdings, LLC (Hybrid) for the sale of substantially all of its assets.

Hybrid is the lender under an approximately $170 million loan secured by first liens on substantially all of Fisker Automotive’s assets. Hybrid’s parent, Hybrid Technology, LLC (Hybrid Technology), purchased the loan from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) after DoE conducted a robust marketing process and auction.

To facilitate the sale process and provide for orderly distributions to creditors, Fisker Automotive has voluntarily filed petitions under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Hybrid Technology has committed up to approximately $8 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing to fund the sale and Chapter 11 process.

“After having evaluated and pursued all other alternatives, we believe the sale to Hybrid and the related Chapter 11 process is the best alternative for maximizing Fisker Automotive’s value for the benefit of all stakeholders,” said Marc Beilinson, Fisker Automotive’s Chief Restructuring Officer. “We believe that the Fisker Automotive technology and product development capability will remain a guiding force in the evolution of the automotive industry under Hybrid’s leadership.”

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8 Comments on "Fisker Finally Files For Bankruptcy – But What Will It Be Reborn As?"

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Dan Frederiksen

I’d be interested to hear what course of action Li figures makes Fisker worth anything let alone more than 25m$.
As I see it the design and name has some moderate potential but only if you reeingineer the entire car so it isn’t so moronically heavy and relies on such overpriced parts (UQM) and can become a lot faster, more efficient and cost viable. And that can’t be an entirely cheap endeavor.
You could hope to sell it to some other fool who thinks it has worth but that’s a gamble.
Would I invest that kind of money in reviving Fisker? most likely not.

Richard Li, if you want a genius EV technical advisor, contact me.

Steve T

Dan, you call yourself a “genius.” Wow, narcissist alert! But, Dan, I could tell you thought pretty highly of yourself from most of your past statements. You know, a true genius never needs to proclaim so, it’s usually already evident.

Dan Frederiksen

You overestimate mankind

Roy_H

I have no idea how far Fisker got with the Delaware plant in terms of assets for manufacturing the Atlantic, but if it is fully designed, and substantial equipment is in place for it, then that may be what is worth purchasing. There are still a number of Karmas on dealer lots, and they will become much more valuable if Fisker is resurrected at least enough to guarantee parts availability, service support and warranty. If they then sell out quickly, there may be some rational to building more, but I think the Karma is dead and only the Atlantic shows promise.

A123killed2companies

Fisker bought the plant with gov’t money arranged by Biden, sold the contents for scrap, let them sit empty for 4+ years while the state pays utilities. It’s worth less now then then, which was almost nothing.

Dan Frederiksen

Funny name but no, A123 didn’t kill Fisker. Fisker did that. Production of A123 cells was always available to Fisker had they needed them

A123killedatleast1company

Yes, cells were available = defective ones that caused the the Karmar to die or catch fire. sales were always weak, but after that debacle hit the headlines, reputations were shot, loan targets missed and both companies future was certain. But hey, you’re the genius.

DLubeck

The only reason Karmas are still selling is become they are being discounted by remaining dealerships. I can’t even see how anyone would even consider the car at the original price. It’s nice on the outside, but too many issues on the inside.

And some of their remaining engineers are making about $12K a month. I don’t get that. That’s one of the biggest problems–paying such overinflated wages.