Hanjin shipyard’s savior–not Chinese–is coming
A foreign shipbuilding giant could take over the Subic shipyard left behind by Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil) before the end of the year.
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chair and Administrator Wilma Eisma told reporters on Wednesday the negotiations between the potential new owner of HHIC-Phil’s shipyard and the five creditor-banks led by Yuchengco-owned Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. were moving forward ahead of a December deadline.
“Mukhang umaasenso (it’s progressing),” she said.
The Department of Finance was also involved in the negotiations due to the exposure of state-run Land Bank of the Philippines, Eisma said.
The three other lenders with exposure to HHIC-Phil are
Banco De Oro Unibank Inc., Bank of the Philippine Islands and Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co.
Eisma denied that the potential white knight was a Chinese company, contrary to earlier reports, but she declined to identify the firm.
According to Eisma, the deal to take over HHIC-Phil’s shipyard may happen “even sooner” than the deadline.
She said it would be possible that HHIC-Phil’s 33,000 employees could return to their jobs once the white knight poured in fresh investments.
Eisma said the shipyard was appealing to many investors—shipbuilder or not—due to the sprawling 300-hectare property and HHIC-Phil’s close to $2-billion assets that dwarfed the $411-million debt.
Another shipbuilder was also ready to step in in case the original plan falls through.
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