MILAN — Fiat Chrysler Cars reported the conditions of its merger with PSA Team experienced not changed following a newspaper described that it was looking to spin off assets to lower a planned 5.5 billion euro ($6.2 billion) funds fork out-out to its shareholders.

Italian business enterprise newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore reported that FCA could preserve funds by decreasing the exclusive dividend, maybe by handing shareholders assets as compensation.

Talks ended up at a quite early stage and no decision experienced been taken, the paper reported, introducing the that goal was to hold the 5.5 billion euro value of the exclusive dividend but to transform its “character” from funds to assets.

FCA, has just agreed a 6.three billion euro state-backed personal loan to help its Italian device and the full country’s automotive market to weather the crisis. Whilst this does not bar FCA from having to pay the dividend, as it is not because of until eventually 2021 and would be paid by Dutch father or mother corporation Fiat Chrysler Cars NV, Italian politicians have named into problem these a substantial funds fork out-out.

Choices becoming considered include things like spinning off the Sevel van business enterprise, a fifty-fifty joint undertaking in between the two groups, or FCA’s Alfa Romeo and Maserati models, Il Sole reported.

Sevel, which makes vans in Atessa’s plant in central Italy, Europe’s most significant van assembly facility, could be valued in between 2.5 and three billion euro, Il Sole reported.

Its spin-off to FCA shareholders could also help handle European Union fears about the merger’s effects on competitiveness in the van section.

This alternative looks nonetheless intricate, Il Sole reported, as it would need PSA transferring its fifty percent stake in Sevel to FCA.

One more alternative is scrapping a planned spin-off of PSA’s controlling stake in pieces maker Faurecia, Il Sole reported.

A source near to the subject reported that PSA could alternatively offer its Faurecia stake just before the merger and hold the funds proceeds of the sale inside the new merged corporation.

FCA and PSA program to finalize their merger by the initially quarter of future yr.

FCA reported on Friday that it was sticking to the deal agreed with PSA in December just before the coronavirus crisis hit demand for automobiles. “The composition and conditions of the merger are agreed and continue being unchanged,” a spokesman for the automaker reported.

PSA reported it remained “lucid in the facial area of the typical speculations to which this merger job is subject.” It added it was implementing the binding agreement signed by the two corporations in December.