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FCA said to be considering options to cut amount of cash dividend in PSA merger, paper says

MILAN — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is taking into consideration means to lessen a planned five.five...

MILAN — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is taking into consideration means to lessen a planned five.five billion euro ($6.two billion) income spend-out which is part of its merger deal with PSA Team, Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore mentioned.

Lessening the specific dividend, perhaps by handing shareholders assets alternatively of income, would allow for the new group to retain income at a time when automakers all around the entire world have been poorly strike by the coronavirus disaster.

Talks are at a quite early stage and no final decision experienced been taken, Il Sole described on Friday, including the that intention was to preserve the five.five billion euro price of the specific dividend but to convert its “character” from income to assets.

FCA and PSA, which approach to finalize their merger by the initial quarter of up coming yr, the two declined to remark.

Selections the automakers are taking into consideration contain spinning off the Sevel van small business, a 50-50 joint enterprise involving the two groups, or FCA’s Alfa Romeo and Maserati manufacturers, Il Sole mentioned.

Sevel, which creates vans in Atessa’s plant in central Italy, Europe’s biggest van assembly facility, could be valued involving two.five and 3 billion euros, Il Sole mentioned.

Its spinoff to FCA shareholders could also support handle European Union worries about the merger’s repercussions on competitors in the van segment.

This alternative appears to be on the other hand challenging, Il Sole mentioned for the reason that it would call for PSA transferring its 50 p.c stake in Sevel to FCA.

A further alternative is scrapping a planned spinoff of PSA’s controlling stake in pieces maker Faurecia, the newspaper mentioned.

FCA has just agreed a 6.3 billion euro point out-backed bank loan to support its Italian device and the full country’s automotive marketplace to weather the coronavirus disaster.

Despite the fact that this does not bar FCA from having to pay the dividend for the reason that it is not thanks until finally 2021 and would be paid by Dutch mum or dad company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, Italian politicians have identified as into dilemma these kinds of a big income spend-out.