(Reuters) – Jaguar Land Rover (TAMO.NS) is in talks with the British government about a request for temporary state funding of more than 1 billion pounds ($1.22 billion), Sky News said on Saturday, a report the company said was inaccurate.
The loan request had been lodged with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Sky News report said, citing a source close to Jaguar Land Rover, whose parent company is Tata Motors.
“The claim is inaccurate and speculative,” Jaguar Land Rover said in an emailed statement to Reuters. The statement said the company was in “regular discussion with government on a whole range of matters and the content of our private discussions remains confidential.”
The company recently restarted operations at Solihull plant in UK. “Manufacturing will resume at Halewood factory on 8 June, starting with one shift,” it said bit.ly/2zs6Wl8 in a statement on Wednesday.
Sky News, citing a spokesman, said about 20,000 of its employees had been furloughed under the government’s emergency wage subsidy program.
On May 1, rating agency Fitch downgraded its credit rating to the company, saying that “risks of the COVID-19 pandemic to both demand in JLR’s end-markets and disruption to operations has increased further”.
Sky News said the government’s position on JLR’s latest loan request was unclear this weekend.
Tata Motors did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
($1 = 0.8217 pounds)
Reporting by Roshan Abraham in Bengaluru; Additional Reporting by Aishwarya Nair. Editing by Jane Merriman and David Evans