Fisker Automotive cuts more staff. Is this the end?(Read article summary)
Fisker Automotive will lay off most of its staff, according to various media reports. Fisker faces an April 22 deadline for its next payment to the U.S. Department of Energy, but the company has virtually no income from ongoing operations because it hasn't built a single Karma electric car since last summer.
Newspapers keep in their files pre-written obituaries for people who are old, known to be ill, or famous.
We have a feeling we should start dusting off the one we wrote awhile back for Fisker Automotive, which laid off the bulk of its remaining employees this morning at 8 am Pacific time.
Numerous members of the media received notes earlier today from at least one Fisker employee noting that the layoffs were coming.
As further details leaked out, GigaOm reports that 160 employees were laid off, with just 53 remaining.
A week ago yesterday, the Wall Street Journalreported that Fisker had "hired restructuring lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis LLP," to help it prepare for a possible bankruptcy filing.
That came shortly after Fisker put its entire U.S. staff on a week-long "temporary" furlough to conserve cash.
Insiders later told reporters that Fisker's plans had simply been too risky for either potential savior.
In part, the challenge lies with the $192 million in low-interest loans Fisker received from the U.S. Department of Energy before the DoE froze disbursements in 2011 because Fisker had missed numerous deadlines for production of its Karma range-extended electric luxury sedan.
The DoE had originally awarded Fisker $529 million in loans in September 2009.
Fisker faces an April 22 deadline for its next payment to the U.S. Department of Energy, but the company has virtually no income from ongoing operations because it hasn't built a single Karma since last summer,
We'll keep you posted on further Fisker developments.
Meanwhile, we're going to revisit that obituary. Just in case.