Wild Ass Rumor of the Day: GM Selling-Out to the Arabs?
You know things are pretty bad for GM when Bloomberg starts sounding like TTAC. Doron Levin's column "GM Turnaround Collides With Dismal U.S. Car Demand" begins by turning around GM's "poor poor pitiful me" PR spin, which would have us believe they're unlucky rather than stupid. "Don't be fooled. That interpretation of GM's latest woes ignores years and years of dallying and denial. The No. 1 U.S. automaker delayed drastic action, hoping that growing automotive revenue might be enough to outstrip ballooning costs. GM has known at least since the early 1990s that its business model in the U.S. was defunct." Levin dismisses the foreign profits as life preserver argument, tosses aside GM's new products and predicts a cash crunch. And here's the twist: Sovereign Wealth Funds to the rescue! "The lenders include the governments of Kuwait, Singapore and Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. Perhaps sovereign funds willing to take a flyer on the second biggest U.S. bank [Citigroup Inc.] might be inclined to invest in its biggest automaker." Where did they get that $8.9b for the union health care VEBA from anyway? Meanwhile, Levin says "Without a financial cushion, GM no longer has the luxury of putting off until tomorrow what it should have done yesterday." We say: it's too late.
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