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GM to make another round of loan payments to taxpayers

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GM to make another round of loan payments to taxpayers



General Motors plans to make another round of $1.19-billion loan payments to the U.S. and Canadian governments on Wednesday, the company said today.

Last December, the Detroit automaker made similar payments as part of its efforts to pay off the $6.7 billion U.S. and $1.4 billion Canadian government loans.

“Given the progress the company is making, GM has every confidence that the remainder of the loans will be paid in full by June 2010; five years ahead of schedule,” GM Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre said in a statement.

Paying off the loans is only the first step for taxpayers to get their money back from helping GM stay alive last year. The next step will be launching GM as a public company again.

GM is expected to release its fourth quarter financial results from last year soon.

Today, industry analyst Eric Selle of J.P. Morgan Chase estimated in a note to investors that GM could post $2 billion in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for the fourth quarter.

He also said GM’s enterprise value in 2011 could be $67 billion.

GM Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell earlier this month said it’s possible that GM could launch a public offering later this year if several factors were in place, such as an improved economy.

He also said there’s a reasonable chance GM could be profitable this year.



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