Amtel-Vredestein N.V. Declared Bankrupt
Following the news that Apollo Tyres is going to buy Vredestein Banden, the district court of Almelo in the Netherlands has declared the manufacturer’s former Russian-Dutch parent company (Amtel-Vredestein N.V.) bankrupt. As a result Amtel-Vredestein has released full-year 2008 financial results that chronicle the company’s continued decline from its poor full-year 2007 results. Full-year 2008 net losses almost doubled to US$446 million, compared with $242 million. The losses came despite relatively stable annual revenue of $881 million compared with $886 million in 2007.
The financial report also sheds a little more light on the timing of Apollo’s offer for Vredestein Banden. According to the company literature, the group received a “binding offer” to acquire 100 per cent of the issued share capital from Apollo in February 2009, two months before the news that such an offer became public. By this stage the offer had long been accepted by the company’s supervisory board, a decision that was made at some point in March.