U.S. reports $9.7 billion loss on General Motors bailout

DETROIT Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:06pm EDT

General Motors World Headquarters (C) is seen looking south from the midtown area in Detroit, Michigan October 23, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

General Motors World Headquarters (C) is seen looking south from the midtown area in Detroit, Michigan October 23, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Rebecca Cook

DETROIT (Reuters) - The U.S. government has booked a loss of $9.7 billion on the nearly $50 billion bailout of U.S. automaker General Motors Co (GM.N), according to a quarterly report to Congress on Tuesday.

In 2009, the U.S. Treasury extended $49.5 billion in loans to GM in exchange for $2.1 billion in preferred stock and a 60.8 percent equity stake.

Treasury has since whittled down its stake in GM through a series of stock sales. Those sales have all taken place below the price Treasury needed to break even on its GM investment, resulting in the loss, according to Tuesday's report from the Special Inspector General overseeing the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Treasury has sold its preferred stock and reduced its equity stake to 7.3 percent. Treasury owns 101.3 million GM shares as of September 26, the most recent date available.

The U.S. government has said it plans to sell its remaining GM shares by April 2014. Some analysts said Treasury could even unwind its position by year end.

The exit of Treasury will eliminate the stigma of government ownership that has hovered over the automaker since the bailout, which prompted some critics to dub the company "Government Motors."

(Reporting by Deepa Seetharaman; editing by Matthew Lewis)

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Comments (8)
Watcher23 wrote:
Perhaps we should make sure they pay their TAXES now??? I would hate to think GM is one of those silly corporations who use tax law to escape paying any taxes at all, like that OTHER General, (General Electric)!!!

Oct 29, 2013 1:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SanPa wrote:
It is not clear whether the $9.7 billion loss counts the $3 biion residual stock holding, or not. A special auto recovery levy on all car sales — since all car companies benefited from govt. actions — would seem a reasonable fund recovery option.

Oct 29, 2013 1:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
I thought it was all rainbows and unicorns at GM these days?

I’d been under the impression from listening to the press that the whole bailout with them was profitable. Guess I misread.

Oct 29, 2013 2:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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