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

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
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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.

  • 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.

  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Ed That has to be a joke.