Liepajas Metalurgs to Ask Latvia for $107 Million Aid, TV3 Says

Liepajas Metalurgs AS (LME1R), a Latvian steelmaker, will ask the government for 57.6 million lati ($106.7 million) in aid to avoid bankruptcy, TV3 reported, without saying where it got the information.

The government will review the request at a closed meeting tomorrow, TV3’s Neka Personiga news program reported last night. Public trading of stock in the company was halted today, with the share price at 1.08 lats, down 31 percent since Jan. 1.

The company, which employs more than 2,000 workers, owes about 51 million lati to Unicredit SpA (UCG), 22 million lati to SEB AB and Citadele Banka AS, and 8 million lati to electricity company Latvenergo AS, the news program reported. The company had a 7.3 million-lati loss in 2012, according to its financial statement.

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