Even in the few months I’ve been here, I’ve been encouraged by the progress we’ve made, but when it will all come together is impossible to say… We’ll do it when we’re ready
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GM’s CFO Chris Liddell talks IPO with Automotive News [sub], without apparently ever using the word IPO. Or saying anything that didn’t reek of the vague optimism that defined GM’s ancien regime. How would Liddell characterize the chances of a 2010 IPO? “I wouldn’t go beyond possible.” A 2010 profit? “[there’s a] reasonable chance.” How bad was GM’s finance department when you showed up to start cleaning? “Not as bad as has been characterized.” Mr Liddell went on to describe the sky as being “blue-ish,” and said that moving to Detroit “wasn’t as bad as people said it would be” [Ed: he didn’t, but you get the picture]. As insightful and reassuring as Liddell’s journalist stiff-arming skills are, what his taxpayer investors really want to see from him are the company’s first post-bankruptcy, GAAP-approved financial results. GM has said those results will be reported by the end of this month, while warning that they might not be pretty. And that was before it got into an incentive war with Toyota.