Friday, September 11, 2009

Hapag-Lloyd on track to get state aid

Auditors have found that Germany's Hapag-Lloyd has fulfilled the criteria set to qualify for Euro1.2 billion (Euro1 = RM5.10) in state loan guarantees, a person familiar with the proceedings said.

The shipping line, owned by TUI AG and Albert Ballin, has suffered from the drop in world trade and a German committee is due to decide on its application for state aid on September 18.

A person close to the situation said late on Thursday an assessment from auditors at PriceWaterhouseCoopers had concluded Hapag-Lloyd looked to be on track in fulfilling conditions to obtain the aid.

The company's owners have agreed to give the company a Euro923 million cash injection to boost its chances to clinch the aid package, several sources close to the owners said last week.

Source: Business Times

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