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China’s Wanxiang Wins A123 Auction for $260 Million

Bloomberg -- China’s Wanxiang Group bid $260 million for assets of car-battery maker A123 Systems Inc., winning a bankruptcy auction, officials said.

The assets purchased may include A123’s automotive segment, energy-grid storage business, commercial business and U.S. government business.

“I can tell you that we have won the bid, and the total value is about $260 million,” said Mo Xiaoping, a spokesman for Wanxiang Group based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. “From our side, we see no additional obstacles to complete the deal.”

A123, which received a $249.1 million federal grant, held the auction behind closed doors in the Chicago law offices of Latham & Watkins. The auction began on Dec. 6 with prospective bidders including Johnson Controls (JCI), Wanxiang, Siemens AG (SIE) of Germany and Tokyo-b


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 5:58:15 AM

Expl: probably b/c they bid the most money?
geminijax
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 1:15:54 AM

Gville, you seem to have a strong anti-Romney, pro-Obama bias.

Few points to consider:

1) It's Romney's money. He can choose to invest wherever he wants, including under his mattress. It isn't anyone else's business. How would you like some utter stranger walk up to you and tell you how to invest your money?

2) If you have a 401(K) plan (or something similar), check the holdings. Any vehicle (mutual fund, etf, etc) that invest in emerging markets is very likely to own Chinese investments, amongst others. As a matter of fact, anyone who builds/manages a diversified portfolio WILL have emerging market investments. I've owned those for many years now. That's the benefit free market capitalism provides.

So Gville, you're free to invest wherever you want. Other citizens have the exact same rights. You are even free to build your portfolio and income to the point where the SEC considers you to be an accredited/qualified investor. What's stopping you?
ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 1:19:23 AM

Wow! Gee, A123 received a $249.1 million federal grant and the auction behind closed doors in the Chicago. Isn't that were our President is from and why the Chinese?
Marson
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:56:24 PM

I also agree with WZ!
gbs1
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 8:30:23 PM

I agree with WZ
wz
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 6:45:57 PM

Companies receiving government grants should not be eligible for purchase by foreign companies or governments. The grant to A123 should be revoked based on the new ownership. It should go without saying that there no government grants should be issued to foreign-owned corporations. But then we have a foreigner in the White House, so those rules would be ignored anyway.
Double_Golden
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 5:17:25 PM

good for China, now, what is A123 going to do with that $260 millions, are they going to repay the $249 millions back to DC, or they will keep it for their stockholder???
lpatti1
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 5:07:15 PM

As usual more American technology goes to the Chinese! ??????
maybe they can help us REBUILD OUR COUNTRY with our Fisical Cliff that will soon be upon us! ??
doggod
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 4:12:25 PM

So what's the bottom line here? Obama gave $249.1 million to the Chinese?

divebomber
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 2:26:44 PM

I AM GLAD CHINA WON THE AUTION, BECAUSE THEY WON A LOSING BATTLE, ELECTRICALLY PROPELLED VEHICLES IS NOT THE FUTURE!
jep39
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 2:18:12 PM

Maybe this is why ABC talks so much about "Made in USA".
ironbox_sara
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 2:03:40 PM

Screw China.
fuelott
Sophomore Author Calgary

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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:54:24 PM

actually china is why ahead of the states in battery technology so they are steeling nothing other than 249.1 million from the people to have a US based production site. china is able to produce these units for half the price even with the inclusion of shipping and import tax. last month i bought a a123 battery for just under $800.00 with shipping and taxes that would have cost $1600.00 to buy here. this will allow them to sell you the same product here with a made in america sticker on it at twice the cost making even more profit. the real crime is the US government turned down a 460 million bid by the same chinese company for 80% stake in the company to end up turning it over to them for almost HALF that amount. IT"S JUST CRAZY
bvrbill
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:51:39 PM

So the Chinese can buy our tax payer funded companies and, along with them, our military technologies.

Not a good result.
WaWanderer
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:51:13 PM

A bi-partisan committee should be required to oversee the stimulus that the US wants to grant. The way it looks to me is over the past years too much support (stimulus) has been given to large election donors.
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:50:10 PM

This is to bad!
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:45:47 PM

The way things are going with in a generation we will be the United States of China.
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:45:36 PM

Wish it would've stayed in the USA
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:44:45 PM

The USA will be owned by several countries soon.
WillCody
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:42:00 PM

Payback for the bundlers supporting the Obama reelection campaign!
Hugo40
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:41:56 PM

China outdoes the USA, no surprises there.
GrandAmNC
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:41:19 PM

doesn't surprise me
werv4fun
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:39:51 PM

Stand by for the financial destruction of the United States of America.
Jmac2008
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:39:01 PM

should have been a US company getting the deal.
rrs517
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:38:52 PM

A Chinese company getting US Government business? Really? I guess under Obama this seems possible.
bridgerunner
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:38:02 PM

"...I don't like the outcome of this either, but when our companies want to play overseas and their governments impede our companies we whine just as well.

And of course Halliburton (i.e. Cheney) didn't benefit at all form the wars his boss (make that puppet) started...."

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I'm not sure, but this person might just have an agenda. I see another code word "form" is used. I have never seen "all form the wars" used in a sentence like that before. What the heck is going on here?
bluetatanka
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:37:14 PM

A $249.1 million grant?! Are you kidding me?!
sehonda
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:36:26 PM

old technology
timesaverinc
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:36:24 PM

Eventually even made in the USA will still be available, it will just be china owned
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:36:12 PM

Another smart loan by Obummer
BudsterMO
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:35:49 PM

What is truly amazing about this deal is a Chinese Co. will pay ANYTHING for the intellectual and real property as they 99.9% of the time outright steal it.
deaconjones
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:35:42 PM

every day, we continue to give pieces of this country away...
bigLtowing
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:35:30 PM

YAY! more american jobs going to China. This bites!
ScottTee
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:33:33 PM

Nice donation from the dept of energy to a Chinese company
Spankster85
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:32:55 PM

Alrighty then.
briinnc
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:32:17 PM

China would let us do this to a Chinese company, right?
rampower80
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:32:13 PM

Another waste of taxpayers dollars, why didn't we just sell them to China to begin with and saved ourselves some money.
bridgerunner
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:32:13 PM

"...And has anyone asked Romney whether he really couldn't find somewhere here in the US to invest his money, instead of parking it overseas? Oh, waht, he just wants to make more? Isn't that unfettered capitalism?..."
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I did not read where Romney was mentioned in the article. "Waht" must be some code word. I have never seen it used before.
cucamongacurtis
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:31:26 PM

Another waste of taxpayer money. Woohooooo, Forward!
Stevedog
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:31:12 PM

Half the value of the last powerball!
Rancher23
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:30:10 PM

Not good!
jcdakota
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:29:42 PM

For future reference -- Federal grants should become immediately recoverable if the grantee is aquired by a foreign business.
JoeKR
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:29:35 PM

It makes me queasy to think US gov business automatically goes along with the deal. I would think any contract Uncle Sam signs would include an escape clause in the event of ownership change.
TFowler513
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:29:13 PM

China buys it at a great price then resells it back to us at a price we can't afford!!! What a vicious cycle.
ItisAJeepThing
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:29:11 PM

Too bad an American company didn't bid higher and win it.
mackconsult
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:25:06 PM

At least the technology will be saved.
cj003
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:24:57 PM

and so more American technology goes to the Chinese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! maybe they can help us with our Fisical Cliff that will soon be upon us!!!!
Cellsite
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:21:57 PM

So, nowhere does it say that the U.S. taxpayers will be reimbursed for the O'bummer boondoggle of lending this company taxpayer's money.
And yet this idiot got reelected.
WGW1
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:21:55 PM

This is like a business thriller. What's next???
Gville
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 1:16:34 PM

And has anyone asked Romney whether he really couldn't find somewhere here in the US to invest his money, instead of parking it overseas? Oh, waht, he just wants to make more? Isn't that unfettered capitalism?
GManCo
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We the taxpayers get hosed again.
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