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Friday, August 17, 2007

Volkswagen - Proton ties update

1) Malaysia's PM confirms Volkswagen conducting due diligence on Proton - Forbes.com (08-Aug-2007)

2) Malaysian PM confident of Proton-VW deal - AFP (2007-08-14)

3) Malaysian PM confident of Proton-VW deal - Channel NewsAsia (16-Aug-2007)

4) Malaysia wants alliance between Proton and VW by end of year - ABC money UK (2007-Aug-23)

5) Proton's Allure Remains - Wall Street Journal (2007-08-30)

6) Malaysia carmaker Proton still in alliance talks with several parties - International Herald Tribune (2007-09-06)

7) Malaysia has 'good feeling' about Proton-VW pact - AFP (2007-09-08)

8) VW only interested in Proton if Malaysian govt fully withdraws from co - report - Forbes (2007-09-13)

9) No proposal from VW, says PM - theEdge (2007-09-14)

10) Deal Or No Deal? - Volkswagen Close To Sealing A Deal With Malaysia's Proton - RTTNews (2007-10-07)

11) VW management control of Proton not decided yet - The Star Online (2007-10-09)

12) Proton to attract attention on imminent VW deal - The Edge Daily (2007-11-19)
Proton Holdings Bhd is expected to continue attract ing investors’ attention in view of an impending sealing of an agreement with Germany’s carmaker Volkswagen AG (VW).

13) Malaysia's Khazanah says Proton ops improving; confirms talks with VW, GM off - CNNMoney.com (2007-11-20)
Khazanah Nasional Bhd, the investment arm of the Malaysian government, confirmed late Tuesday it has called off talks with Volkswagen AG and General Motors for a strategic alliance with national carmaker Proton Holdings after having 'taken note of the recent positive developments at Proton.

14) Malaysia's Proton shares sharply lower after talks with VW, GM called off - Forbes (2007-11-20)
Shares of Proton Holdings Bhd were sharply lower Wednesday after negotiations between government investment arm Khazanah Nasional Bhd and Germany's Volkswagen and US' General Motor for a strategic partner for the ailing carmaker were called off.

15) Proton Must Focus On Future Sustainability Despite Persona's Success - Bernama (2007-11-20)
Even though industry players were disappointed by the government's decision not to have a foreign strategic partner for Proton for now, Aishah said the assurance given by the government not to raise import duties on foreign cars could help the industry.

16) Many issues still for Proton to address - The Star Online (2007-11-21)
IT is no secret that the end in talks between Proton and Vollkswagen on a possible alliance comes on the heels of recent improvements in the fortunes of the national carmaker.


17) Malaysia's Proton lower as investors question company's viability - Trading Markets.com (2007-11-23)
Shares of Malaysia's national carmaker Proton Holdings Bhd were lower Friday on viability concerns after talks with two foreign automakers broke down earlier this week, although a news report said the company will soon unveil a business turnaround plan.
The Malaysian government ended talks with Volkswagen and General Motors on a strategic alliance with Proton on Tuesday.At 2.31 pm, the stock was down 2 sen to 4.04 ringgit.

18) Proton Shares Post Record Decline as VW Talks End - Bloomberg.com (2007-11-27)
Proton today fell 92 sen to 4.02 ringgit, the biggest daily decline since it sold shares for the first time in March 1992. The stock has slumped 39 percent this year, giving the company a market value of 2.21 billion ringgit ($653 million).

19) No economies of scale for Proton without global partner - The Star Online (2007-11-21)Although Proton Holding Bhd seems to be turning around, without a strong global partner the national carmaker will find it hard to achieve economies of scale and develop new technologies, said analysts. The Government's move to end talks with Volkswagen and General Motors was a disappointment. But analysts said it might not be the end of the world yet if Proton was still on the look-out for alliances.

20) Rehman Rashid: Does Proton have a chance? - nstonline (2007-11-23)
They say they're not going to play taxi-dancer to Volkswagen or GM or whoever, and you dump their stock like a rotting carcass. Oh ye of little faith!


21) Proton Needs To Boost Sales, Says Consultancy Firm - Bernama (2008-01-03)
National carmaker Proton Holdings Bhd needs to boost sales to about 250,000 units annually in order to remain financially viable in the local market, according to consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan.


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