News ID: 69969 |
Publish Date: 11:17 - 31 October 2016

South Korea to Create State-backed Financing Company

South Korea said on Monday it plans to establish a state-backed ship financing company with an initial capital of 1 trillion won ($872 million) to help improve the financial health of Korean shipping companies.

South Korea to Create State-backed Financing Company
According to MANA cited by Reuters, the government would provide financing of 6.5 trillion won ($5.67 billion) in total so that local shipping firms could acquire new vessels, said a government statement.
The measures were announced to support struggling local shipbuilding and shipping industries following the collapse of Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd (117930.KS), which applied for court receivership in August.
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd (042660.KS), one of the world's three largest shipyards, all in South Korea, is currently suffering from a big drop in orders.
The trade ministry said Daewoo's main creditor, state-backed Korea Development Bank (KDB), would take into consideration any future improvement in Daewoo's operations and market conditions before potentially pursuing a sale or some other form of merger or acquisition of Daewoo.
As of now, there is no plan to sell Daewoo, a high-ranking financial regulator clarified in a press briefing on Monday.
New vessel orders won by South Korean shipbuilders between January-September fell by 87 percent compared to the same period in the previous year, steeper than a 72 percent drop in global orders, the trade ministry said.
The steeper drop in orders was partly due to a fall in domestic orders compared with competitors in Japan and China
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