October 29, 2009 / 3:52 AM / 9 years ago

TIMELINE: China carmakers eye global brands

(For related story see GEELY/STOCK or [ID:nHKG294697])

Oct 29 (Reuters) - Shares in Geely Automobile Holdings (0175.HK) rose 4.5 percent on Thursday, even as the broader market slipped, after its parent was named by Ford Motor (F.N) as the preferred bidder for its Volvo car unit.

The proposed tie-up is the latest of about a dozen deals tabled this year between western carmakers and Chinese companies, as big brands seek to restructure to ride out the recession.

Following is a TIMELINE tracing some of the proposed, failed or ongoing deals reported this year:

March 18 - Beijing Automotive is said to be seeking to buy U.S. auto parts maker Delphi Corp’s DPHIQ.PK non-core assets, 21st Century Business Herald reports. [ID:nSHA369285]

June 3 - Little-known heavy machinery maker Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery unveils tentative deal to buy GM’s [GM.UL] Hummer. [ID:nN02495245]

June 11 - Beijing Auto is interested in buying Ford’s Volvo car unit, Wall Street Journal reports. [ID:nSHA272274]

July 6 - Italian auto maker Fiat FIA.MI agrees to a 50:50 joint venture deal with Guangzhou Automobile Industry Group Co Ltd [GAIGPA.UL] to produce car engines in China. [ID:nRON004699]

July 23 - GM rejects Beijing Auto bid for its Opel brand, the Financial Times reports, in favour of continuing talks with rival bidders. Beijing Auto, the Chinese partner of Daimler AG (DAIGn.DE) and South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS), was said to be the highest bidder in the Opel auction.

Aug 1 - Beijing Auto will pay $103-$117 million for a 40 percent stake in Fujian Motor Industry Group’s 50:50 commercial vehicle venture with Daimler in southeast China, an official newspaper says. [ID:nSHA139358]

Aug 30 - Geely is the only firm bidder so far for Ford’s Volvo unit, a Swedish business daily reports. [ID:nLT471018]

Sept 8 - SAIC Motor (600104.SS) may take a passive stake in Saab Automobile by teaming up with luxury sports car maker Koenigsegg, a source says. SAIC, a GM China partner, is interested in buying into the Swedish carmaker. [ID:nSHA123391]

Sept 9 - Geely says its parent wants to bid for Volvo. Its privately-held parent Geely Holding Group would seek full ownership of Volvo. [ID:nHKG180468]

Sept 9 - Beijing Auto agrees to take a minority stake in Koenigsegg as part of the Swedish luxury carmaker’s purchase of General Motor’s Saab unit. [ID:nL9222661]

Sept 15 - Cash-strapped South Korean automaker Ssangyong Motor (003620.KS) proposes a capital writedown that would slash the stake of SAIC, its majority Chinese shareholder. [ID:nSEO195161]

Sept 15 - Volvo Car CEO Stephen Odell tells Swedish daily Dagens Industri that Geely had denied preparing a bid. [ID:nLG701790]

Sept 16 - Geely shares suspended pending bond/warrant announcement. China Business News says Geely plans to issue convertible bonds and warrants worth $250 million, and cites a Geely executive as saying this is not related to Volvo. Geely announces on Sept 23 that Goldman Sachs will invest $334 million.

Sept 17 - Geely approaches Magna International about possibly taking a stake in Opel, a source familiar with the matter says, but Magna is refraining for now from any such partnership.

Oct 9 - General Motors Co [GM.UL] says it has signed a deal to sell its iconic but tarnished Hummer brand to an investment partnership headed by Tengzhong Oct 12 - Tengzhong says it has started to seek regulatory approval for the deal to buy GM’s Hummer brand, aiming to close the purchase by early 2010. [ID:nHKG219405]

Oct 28 - Ford chooses Geely as preferred bidder for its loss-making Swedish unit Volvo Car Corp. Ford has not disclosed a sale price, but media reports put it closer to $2 billion than the $6.45 billion it paid for Volvo in 1999. [ID:nLS1199] Source: Reuters (Compiled by Gillian Murdoch; Editing by Lincoln Feast)

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