March 12, 2018 / 6:18 AM / a year ago

UPDATE 1-S.Korea kicks off due diligence on GM's S.Korean unit - KDB

(Adds GM Korea stance, accounting firm, background)

By Ju-min Park and Hyunjoo Jin

SEOUL, March 12 (Reuters) - South Korea held an initial meeting on Monday for its due-diligence of General Motors' local unit to decide whether to provide funds for the unit's troubled operations.

State-funded Korea Development Bank, which holds a 17 percent stake in GM Korea, said the meeting took place on Monday.

GM Korea said it would cooperate with the due diligence process, KDB said in a statement.

GM said last month it would shut one of its factories in South Korea and decide on the fate of the three remaining plants in the coming weeks, unless it received government support and wage concessions from unions.

Almost 2,500 workers at GM Korea, about 15 percent of its staff, have applied for a redundancy package that the U.S. automaker is offering as part of a drastic restructuring.

Samil PricewaterhouseCoopers is conducting the due diligence, then reporting to KDB. (Reporting by Ju-min Park and Hyunjoo Jin; Writing by Joyce Lee; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Stephen Coates)

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