The world’s three biggest shipyards plan to raise a combined 8.41 trillion won ($7.3 billion) selling assets as part of a restructuring following losses last year.
Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. and Samsung Heavy Industries Co. have submitted their fund-raising plans to their creditors, including state-run Korea Development Bank and KEB Hana Bank, South Korea’s government said in a statement Wednesday. The banks and regulators will meet twice a month to review the progress of the plans, according to the statement.
A slump in crude oil prices, which halved in the past two years, has roiled the nation’s shipbuilding industry as delivery delays and cancellations of projects translated into losses, while shrinking orders for new vessels have heightened concerns their cash may dwindle further. The South Korean government told the shipyards to submit their plans to help them better manage their financials and minimize the impact on the economy.