GM has yet to pay off its debt to the U.S. Government. G.M. is still owned by the U.S. Taxpayer through the debt owed to the Government. The U.S. Government still owns 61% of G.M.. G.M. owes the U.S. Taxpayer billions of dollars…
G.M. has not finalized its plan to present an IPO or initial public offering to sell public stock and reimburse the American Taxpayer.
There is little interest in the investment community to purchase GM shares and to enter into a business or investment relationship with the UAW as a silent partner and GM’s recent bankruptcy history… just ask the previous G.M. bond holders and the private owners of thousands of closed G.M. dealerships …
AmeriCredit specializes in “substandard auto loans” and “substandard auto leases”, the same types of loans made by GMAC, GM’s former lending unit… GMAC is in bankruptcy and was one reason for the original GM/GMAC bailouts…. the purchase and control of AmeriCredit by GM will simply help to “re-inflate” the “substandard” auto loan/lease “bubble”.
G.M. is paying a 24% premium to purchase this company and re-enter the “substandard auto loan/lease” business … pay a 24% premium with money loaned by the U.S. Government … G.M. continues to work with GMAC under the “rebranded” name Ally Financial or Ally Bank … Can’t Ally Bank write bad auto loans/leases quick enough to generate the numbers G.M. and the Obama Administration want?
What is next, a return of the “pull ahead” lease or “pull ahead” financing? A practice that resulted in the automaker making $30,000 loans to purchasers of $20,000 vehicles.
Who will be on the hook after the re-inflated substandard auto loan/lease” bubble” collapses.
Didn’t Congress just pass a “Financial Reform Act” … and promise that we, the American people, would never see this type of activity again?
If a Democrat’s lips are moving – they are telling us another lie …
I don’t object to this business plan because of its structure … I object to the plan because G.M. is not a privately owned company”. Stop giving public money to companies that can’t find “private investment” to support its business plans.
GM’s proposed plan is politically motivated … The November elections are just months away … G.M. and the Obama Administration are desperate to generate “good numbers” … making substandard auto loans/leases that are doomed to fail are of little consequence to these “players” … look to the “mortgage loan modification program” for an example …. 100’s of billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars wasted on a “political” program designed to “create” false numbers. Sadly, 90% of those to receive “mortgage modifications” have seen their loans fall into “foreclosure” …
GM agrees to buy AmeriCredit for $3.5 billion in cash
LONDON (MarketWatch) — General Motors Co. on Thursday announced a deal to buy car-financing giant AmeriCredit Corp. for $3.5 billion, in an effort to fill the pothole left in 2006 when the automaker gave up controlling interest in GMAC.
Terms of the agreement call for AmeriCredit stockholders to receive $24.50 in cash for each of their shares.
The hefty premium sent AmeriCredit /quotes/comstock/13*!acf/quotes/nls/acf (ACF 24.01, +4.31, +21.88%) shares up more than 22% in opening trades in New York.
The transaction, which has already been approved by the boards at both companies, is expected to close by the end of the fourth quarter.
“This acquisition supports our efforts to design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles by expanding the financing options we can offer to consumers who want to buy GM vehicles,” Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre said.
GM said the move, in conjunction with a program the two companies launched nearly a year ago, will help reach more subprime customers as the Detroit giant progress toward a massive public offering. Launching its IPO will allow the U.S. government to cut its GM stake down from the 61% it currently holds.
Ft. Worth, Tex.-based AmeriCredit also plans to get back into the leasing business, which will open the door for more leasing options for GM customers.
“We’ve set up a very competitive solution for our financing needs, which will be resilient through credit and business cycles,” said Chris Liddell, GM’s chief financial officer.
Ally Financial, formerly GMAC, will continue to support GM, Liddell added.
AmeriCredit’s management team will remain intact following completion of the transaction, GM said.
“We’ll continue to offer our loan products to the more than 11,000 dealers across the country we serve today,” noted Daniel Berce, president and CEO of AmeriCredit.
David Silver, an analyst at WStreet.com, praised the deal and said it increases the future value of GM stock. But he still urged some caution.
“This could also indicate that the company is worried about the next few months in terms of sales as it is looking to generate additional cash flow to help stem that weakness,” he said.
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