Bailout Watch 307: Treasury Rescues GMAC With $5b "Investment," Gives GM an "Extra" $1b

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

CNNMoney is reporting that the U.S. Treasury will “invest” $5b in formerly bankruptcy-bound lender GMAC. In return, “GMAC will issue warrants to Treasury in the form of additional preferred equity in an amount equal to 5% of the preferred stock purchase that will pay a 9% dividend if exercised.” Presumably, the treasury provided your tax money after GMAC failed to convince enough of its bondholders to swap debt-for-equity to qualify for bank status (under the Fed’s “emergency powers”). Now that the Treasury has stepped in, GMAC can make the morph and hoover $6b plus from the Troubled Asset Relief Program and $17.5b in federally guaranteed debt. Folks, that little package right there comes to $28.8b. Oh wait; the Treasury has decided to “lend an additional $1 billion to GM so it could invest in GMAC as the financing company reorganizes.” So if you add GM’s $14.4b, Chrysler’s $4b, GMAC’s $28.8 and the Department of Energy’s $25b retooling loans, you end up with a $72.2b Detroit bailout “plan.” Way hey! GMAC press release after the jump.

GMAC Receives $5.0 Billion Investment from the U.S. TreasuryAnnounces satisfaction of conditions to and expiration of its notes exchange offers

NEW YORK, Dec. 29 / PRNewswire/ — GMAC Financial Services today announced that it has sold $5.0 billion of GMAC’s preferred membership interests and warrants to the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a participant in the Troubled Assets Relief Program established under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. The sale was completed today.

GMAC also announced that General Motors Corp. (GM) and an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management contributed to GMAC the $750 million subordinated participations in the $3.5 billion senior secured credit facility, as amended, between GMAC and Residential Capital, LLC in exchange for new common equity of GMAC. In addition, GMAC announced that GM and an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management entered into agreements to purchase $1.25 billion of new common equity. The U.S. Treasury and GM intend to enter into an agreement for the Treasury to fund GM’s share of the new common equity.

GMAC also announced that the conditions to its previously announced separate private exchange offers and cash tender offers have been satisfied and that GMAC has accepted all of the validly tendered GMAC old notes and ResCap old notes. The GMAC offers and the ResCap offers are expected to settle promptly.

GMAC received approval of its bank holding company application from the U.S. Federal Reserve Board on Dec. 24, 2008. As a bank holding company, GMAC has improved access to funding to provide financing to consumers and businesses. In particular, the company intends to act quickly to resume automotive lending to a broader spectrum of customers to support the availability of credit to consumers and businesses for the purchase of automobiles.

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  • Shaker Shaker on Dec 30, 2008

    Well, this "ripple effect" does show how tightly the tentacles of the auto industry are wrapped around our (collective) spinal cords. Feed me, or die. That Muppet should just push the plunger and get it over with.

  • Anonymous Anonymous on Dec 30, 2008

    Let's not forget they will be back in two months asking for more. The Congress will put on a dog and pony show for the people and then give GM, whatever they want. GM's fanboys will scream bloody murder that Super Bob and Really Awesome Rick had to even go to Washington and talk to those mean congressmen. By this time next year, we'll probably be talking about bailout number 3. Meanwhile, Ford's slice of the market will continue to grow through the unusual practice of making better cars versus better promotional literature and appeals to the government for help by GM and Chrysler.

  • James Hendricks The depreciation on the Turbo S is going to be epic!
  • VoGhost Key phrase: "The EV market has grown." Yup, EV sales are up yet again, contrary to what nearly every article on the topic has been claiming. It's almost as if the press gets 30% of ad revenues from oil companies and legacy ICE OEMs.
  • Leonard Ostrander Daniel J, you are making the assertion. It's up to you to produce the evidence.
  • VoGhost I remember all those years when the brilliant TTAC commenters told me over and over how easy it was for legacy automakers to switch to making EVs, and that Tesla was due to be crushed by them in just a few months.
  • D "smaller vehicles" - sorry, that's way too much common sense! Americans won't go along because clever marketing convinced us our egos need big@ss trucks, which give auto manufacturers the profit margin they want, and everybody feels vulnerable now unless they too have a huge vehicle. Lower speed limits could help, but no politician wants to push that losing policy. We'll just go on building more lanes and driving faster and faster behind our vehicle's tinted privacy glass. Visions of Slim Pickens riding a big black jacked up truck out of a B-52.