TTAC Called It: Mainstream Media Catches On To Detroit's Cash Burn

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
ttac called it mainstream media catches on to detroits cash burn

We've been sounding the alarm on Detroit's liquidity "challenges" even before the automaker's began their most recent "turnaround" efforts. Before I relate Automotive News' [sub] tardy take on the situation, keep in mind that Ford has abandoned its promised "return to profitability" target (and not set a new one), GM never had a publicly pronounced plan to get back in the black (how great is that?). And Chrysler's gone into radio silence since its private equity owners bought themselves a multi-billion dollar passel of trouble. And don't forget Fitch's Ratings has better access to corporate info than Automotive News; they've downgraded all three automakers and put them on negative credit watch. Alright then… GM "will burn through about $1 billion a month this year and $6.3 billion next year, says Patrick Archambault, an analyst for the investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc. That would leave an anemic $8.7 billion in cash by the end of 2009 unless GM dumps assets or adds new debt, he said." Ford "is in better shape — about $29 billion in cash and $11 billion available through credit lines. Moody's Investor Service says Ford could exceed a two-year total cash burn of $14 billion by the end of 2009." Chrysler "started 2008 with slightly less than $10 billion in cash. On June 18, Bloomberg News reported that Chrysler will burn through $2.5 billion this year and would end the year with $7.7 billion in cash." We're thinking they're all low-balling. You?

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  • ZoomZoom ZoomZoom on Jun 30, 2008
    GS650G : Yes but who switches off the Jill Wagner ads to another channel? Not me. You gotta put Mercury on your list. Okay, that was funny. But the whole situation is dire indeed...

  • Blowfish Blowfish on Jun 30, 2008

    they have a firm belief that the product doesn’t matter, only their own marketing brilliance. Ya thats most American firms' motto, also rubbed off to the safety iuuses of Chinese automobiles.

  • Dastanley Dastanley on Jun 30, 2008

    Here we go... Every time Mercury is mentioned, somebody always brings up Jill Wagner. What is the obsession already? I mean she's cute and all, but she doesn't look THAT good. Not enough to jizz myself or anything. Anyway, back to cars.

  • Potemkin Potemkin on Jun 30, 2008

    Who the hell is Jil Wagner?