Sunday, December 23, 2012

GM buys back shares; Taxpayers can lose billions.

GM buys back shares; Taxpayers can lose billions.

Paul A. Eisenstein, the Detroit Bureau
General Motors will be 200 million shares of currently owned by the US Treasury which announces White House plans in the next 12 to 15 months its remaining 300 million shares selling shares to buy back.

The automaker pays $27.50 for shares which they acquire, the a premium of 7.9% over the closing price of $25.49 on December 18, 2012 - but this is set IPO also a sharp reduction from the $33 while GM in November 2010. And it means that taxpayers will lose billions from the sale.

"This announcement is an important step to save industry successfully to bring auto closure, the perception of government ownership of GM when the customer is further away and it shows confidence in GM, progress and our future," said Dan Akerson, Chairman and CEO of GM.

The automaker noted that it, will take a charge of $400 million against the result in the fourth quarter in connection with the share buyback.

CEO Akerson was his desire, given only a week ago, during a vacation with reporters have the Government to sell its stake – although he gave no indication of any movement immediately imminent. Most analysts had expected no announcement until sometime in early 2013.

Ministry of finance under strong pressure an exit plan - known was an issue, the GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney error often repeated during his campaign. He called the White House last summer trading sell its stake even though the GM was as low as $18,72 per share at this time. At this price, the Government had about 1.5 billion $ get less than it gets now, share a total $5.5 billion for the first 200 million sale.

Industry analysts had estimated a sale price of $53 would need to the Government the full investment in General Motors, however, to take advantage.

Both sides have searched for a way to the Government calling for remaining shares in what Washington sell "orderly manner." There were clear concerns that shares on the market simply all at once cause 500 million to dumping chaos - and GM stock price strongly to press.

It is likely, insiders suggest that the remaining 300 million shares in blocks, rather than en masse, will be sold to minimize any market disruption.

There is also hope to delete, which, like the economy improves further - and with car sales should continue recovering after a strong close to 2012 - GM stock will continue its upward trend.

It signals that there are some problems, the car manufacturer, but especially his persistent problems in Europe, Gaul, where a loss for all 2012 expected reports continue to between $1.5 billion and $1.8 billion run recently.

During the latest step is the Government remove some restrictions, motor as part of the bailout had 2009 placed it on General, which ultimately amounted to $49.5 billion.

During Akerson last week which said Government "from the GM Board, in contrast to the early misgivings remained" he angered yet beyond that salaries had brought to the White House in the Executive Board. Barred planes have it also GM - and Chrysler, which is also a rescue package 2009 - get business.

Salaries and bonuses rise almost certainly competing manufacturers such as Ford, comply with industry observers expect. And GM announced plans to purchase new jets within a few weeks.

The automotive bailout proved fiercely controversial, far more than the much larger rescue of US banks. GM officials have acknowledged that their research shows that some potential buyers will not buy products what was mockingly called "Government motors." It is unclear whether the will to overcome planned selloff of shares of this aversion.

But the likely loss of billions of dollars to the time all Government camp is sold $27.50 share price, the ultimate loss amount to around $ 12.75 billion fuel still would debate.

In turn, officials of the White House defended the bailout and the newly announced share buy-backs with the note, the long-term benefits for the country.

"Save the rescue of the auto industry more than 1 million jobs during a severe economic crisis helped," said U.S. Treasury Assistant Secretary for financial stability Timothy Massad. "But (the bailout plan) should be always a temporary emergency program. "The Government should not in the activity which have be investments in private companies for an indefinite period."

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