South Korea’s financial authorities sent an ‘ultimatum’ to cash-strapped Dongbu Group to go ahead with restructuring in prompt manners

Financial regulator urges Dongbu to launch restructuring

2014.02.25 16:36:55

South Korea’s financial authorities sent an ‘ultimatum’ to cash-strapped Dongbu Group to go ahead with restructuring in prompt manners. 
The authorities plan to wrap up the restructuring of Hanjin Shipping, Hyundai Group and Dongbu Group by next month and focus on determining which mid-sized companies should go under restructuring from the second quarter of this year.
The Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) summoned senior officials of Dongbu Group last week and demanded to implement a self-rescue plan swiftly to resolve the lack of liquidity, said sources in the financial sector Tuesday.
At the meeting, a high-ranking official at the FSS said the financial market continues to be anxious about Dongbu Group and asked to demonstrate clearly the commitment to implementing a self-rescue plan.
The comments seem to have hinted that unless Dongbu Group sells assets soon, it could become more difficult for the conglomerate to get funds from creditor group.
“The FSS summoned Dongbu Group’s officials last week and strongly urged them to kick off a self-rescue plan shortly,” said an official in the financial industry. “The FSS demanded such action in a pre-emptive manner, and this does not mean Dongbu Group has a serious liquidity issue right now.”
Dongbu Group said last year it would remove itself from the list of companies that have agreed to improve financials by 2015.


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