GENEVA, July 10 Fiat's chief executive
said he was pursuing talks to reach an out-of-court settlement
with Chrysler minority owner VEBA and that he was unaware that a
court ruling on the stake's valuation would take place before
the end of July.
"There is always a chance for an out-of-court settlement,"
Sergio Marchionne said on the sidelines of an SGS shareholders'
meeting on Wednesday. He added that discussions with VEBA, a
health-care trust affiliated with the United Autoworkers' Union,
Fiat owns 58.5 percent of Chrysler, while VEBA owns the
rest. VEBA and Fiat are in court over the value of an additional
stake that Fiat has the right to acquire according to the terms
set in 2009 during Chrysler's exit from bankruptcy.
A Delaware court verdict to help value the stake was
expected by the end of July, or 90 days from the last hearing on
April 25, paving the way for Fiat to buy the rest of Chrysler.
"I spoke to counsel last night and they are not aware of a
July 30 deadline," Marchionne said.
"Even if there's truth to the rumour it appears unlikely we
can do anything before then," he added.