KSOE-DSME deal deadline extended by three monthsKorea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE) said Wednesday that it has agreed with a state-run lender to extend a deal to buy Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) by three months.
KSOE signed the deal with the state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB), main creditor of DSME, in March 2019 to buy a 55.72 percent stake in the shipbuilder that had been mired in a severe cash shortage since 1999.
KSOE and KDB delayed the deal for the fourth time since March 2019.
KSOE has to get approval for the deal from six countries – China, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Japan, the EU and Korea – to finalize it, but only three countries – China, Kazakhstan and Singapore – have given the green light.
The approval by the EU has been considered crucial for the combination between KSOE and DSME.
The deal could create the world's biggest shipbuilder with a 21 percent market share.