Marchionne: Only 30 Months Until You Can Buy Chrysler Stock!

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Start saving those pennies, kids! Fiat CEO Sergio “Mad” Marchionne tells the Wall Street Journal that “the true value of Chrysler could emerge when the company would be listed, but this will take a while — not sooner than 2½ years.” Better yet, Marchionne suggests that Chrysler will create “healthy profit margins” if the market has recovered to a 13-14m unit SAAR. Can you dig it? In the meantime, Fiat will be loading up even more debt, offering $1.8 billion worth of bonds at 9.25 percent. Although this rate is lower than the 9.75 percent guidance, it still sent Fiat credit default swaps up six points. Fiat’s second quarter losses hit about $240 million, which is worse than analysts expected. And as Forbes explains, debt, not earnings is the real challenge for Fiat. But as long as things keep chugging along, there might be a Fiat Nano in it for you (especially if you live in Latin America). Which would probably be a better investment of your saved pennies anyway.

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  • Panzerfaust Panzerfaust on Jul 23, 2009

    RS wrote: Which will come first? Chrysler Stock Fiat 500 made in North America Government Motors Stock Chevrolet Volt Universal health insurance in the US Perpetual motion machine powered cars The rebirth of wonder Judgment Day You might want to add to that list "Sergio Marchionne gets his walking papers." Though I would say the likelyhood of a Fiat 500 made in the US is more likely than seeing the Volt anytime soon. And some might think judgment day is coming since the merging of VW and Porsche.

  • Don1967 Don1967 on Jul 23, 2009

    Thanks for the offer, but I am waiting for my Enron stock to come back in a blaze of glory.

  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Jul 23, 2009

    How many shares do I have to buy to get one of those nifty engraved stock certificates? Some of those are works of art, and I'd expect something more from the Italians. Does anyone have examples of Chrysler's old certificates and current Fiat certificates for comparison? We connoisseurs of artistically rendered bad investments are curious.

  • Kurt. Kurt. on Jul 24, 2009

    I still have some "old GM" stocks I'd be willing to trade for it...