GM To Draw On Government Funds For Delphi Rescue

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

The WSJ reports that GM will draw “north of $2.5b” from its government escrow account to fund its own bailout of its major supplier, Delphi. Considering GM has committed $1b in debt assumption, $2b in forgiven claims and $1.75b in investments, we can assume the amount will be well north of $2.5b. But how much is left in that escrow account anyway? Estimates at the time of GM’s exit from bankruptcy were that some $20b was left to draw upon. And we’ll know exactly how much is left when GM discloses its government-money expenditures to the SEC by the end of this week. GM sources claim the money has not been used to cover operating shortfalls, and CEO Fritz Henderson has even gone on the record to say GM will not need further government assistance. Considering GM’s cash burn over the last four years was in the $10b/year range, let’s hope that claim isn’t entirely based on the assumption that a planned IPO next summer will be a rousing success.

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  • FloorIt FloorIt on Oct 29, 2009

    Given that Delphi is a major supplier to GM and if GM want some parts available to assemble cars then keeping Delphi afloat is GM's only option because the govt. said a few months back that it wouldn't bailout suppliers.