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DCNS, STX프랑스 매각에 촉각...“향후 파트너쉽 기대”By KH디지털2
Published : Oct. 21, 2016 - 17:49
[코리아헤럴드(더인베스터)=박한나 기자] 프랑스 국영 조선사 DCNS가 최근 매물로 나온 STX프랑스 지분 매각에 촉각을 곤두세우고 있다.
19일 서울중앙지방법원은 기업회생절차를 진행 중인 STX조선해양과 STX프랑스의 매각 공고를 낸 가운데 DCNS가 유력 인수후보로 꼽히고 있다.
업계에서는 프랑스 해군용 항공모함, 잠수함, 콜베트함 등을 주력으로 생산하고 있는 DCNS가 STX프랑스 인수로 크루즈사업 진출을 노릴 것으로 예상하고 있다.
이에 DCNS관계자는 21일 더인베스터에 인수의향에 대한 확답은 피했지만 “STX프랑스의 행보를 관심있게 지켜보고 있다”고 밝혔다.
현재 DCNS와 STX프랑스는 다목적 강습상륙함의 선체를 공동으로 제작하고 있다.
이 관계자는 또 “향후 프랑스해군에 차세대 항공모함과 해상보급유조선 등을 공급하는데 있어 시너지를 기대한다”고 덧붙였다.
서울중앙지방법원과 매각주관사인 삼일회계법인은 STX조선해양 지분 100%와 STX유럽이 보유한 STX프랑스 지분 66.7%에 대한 인수의향서를 내달 4일까지 접수할 예정이다. STX프랑스 지분 단독 인수가는 1000억원 내외인 것으로 추정된다.
DCNS외에도 독일 마이어베르프트, 네덜란드 다멘, 이탈리아 핀칸티에리, 그리스 프리빈베스트 등 유수의 글로벌 크루즈 전문업체들이 지분 인수에 나설 것으로 보인다.
France‘s DCNS eyes French unit of STX Offshore
[THE INVESTOR] France’s state-run shipyard DCNS is mulling a bid to acquire STX France, the French unit of South Korea’s troubled shipyard STX Offshore & Shipbuilding which is under court receivership, according to industry sources on Oct. 21.
Since the Korean bankruptcy court announced on Oct. 19 that it would sell its entire stake in STX Shipbuilding and a 66.7 percent stake in STX France, speculation has been rising about potential bidders, including DCNS.
The price of the package deal is estimated to exceed 1 trillion won (US$890 million) considering the shipyard’s going concern value at about 1.26 trillion won. STX France alone is expected to be priced at less than 100 billion won.
Sources say DCNS, the global leader in naval defense, has recently been showing interest in STX France that specializes in building profitable cruise ships with aims to diversify its business portfolio.
“As STX is a current partner of DCNS, it makes sense that we are interested in their future direction,” DCNS spokesperson Emmanuel Gaudez told The Investor via email. He declined to confirm whether the company plans to join the bid.
He also expressed expectations about business synergies between the two firms. DCNS has partnered with STX France in building hulls for landing helicopter dock vessels.
“In the future, STX and DCNS may partner to build hulls of the next generation of aircraft carriers for the French Navy, vessels over 1,000 feet in length and replenishment oilers,” he added.
Together with DCNS, other cited potential bidders, most of whom are luxury passenger ship builders, include: Italy’s Fincantieri, Greece’s Privinvest Shipbuilding Group, Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards Group and Germany’s Meyer Werft.
The bankruptcy court and Samil PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that is leading the sale, will receive letters of intent by Nov. 4.
While a 66.7 percent stake in STX France is put up for sale, the remaining 33.34 percent is held by the French government.
In May, STX Shipbuilding filed for a court-led restructuring scheme as it struggled with a protracted slump and mounting losses.
By Park Han-na (email@example.com)
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