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Treasury gets $11.7B from GM IPO

David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington— The Treasury Department got an $11.7 billion wire transfer today — its proceeds from the sale of 358.5 million shares of stock in General Motors Co.

The government's sale of about 40 percent of its 61 percent stake in General Motors Co., at $33 a share, generated $11.74 billion — and, as is standard practice, the sale closed today, three business days after the initial public offering of stock.

The IPO receipts means the government has now recovered $252 billion from the Trouble Asset Relief Program, the $700 billion fund used to bailout automakers, insurance companies and banks.

"Our temporary assistance for the U.S. auto industry saved more than one million jobs across the industrial heartland of America and, like the overall TARP program, is on track to cost far less than anyone had first anticipated," said Tim Massad, the Treasury's acting assistant secretary for financial stability. "General Motors' successful initial public offering is another important milestone in our efforts to recover TARP funds on behalf of the American taxpayer."

GM's IPO underwriters still have the option to sell another 15 percent of the shares, or another 53.8 million shares held by the government. They have until Dec. 18 to do so.

If the underwriters exercise that option in full, Treasury would receive further net proceeds of $1.8 billion.

Ron Bloom, the Treasury's top auto adviser, said in an interview Friday that the government wouldn't encourage or discourage the underwriters from exercising their option to sell the additional shares.

In October, Treasury announced that it accepted an offer by GM to repurchase $2.1 billion of preferred stock issued under TARP; a transaction is expected to occur in December. GM will pay $2.14 billion for the preferred stock.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20101123/AUTO01/11230430/Treasury-gets-$11.7B-from-GM-IPO#ixzz16AH6T84w

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Government Recoups Nearly $12 Bil On GM IPO

Taxpayer Losses Narrowing.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Nov.24, 2010

Taxpayers still stand to lose as much as $9 billion on GM's bailout - unless subsequent offerings rise to nearly $53 per share.

U.S. taxpayers have gotten a nearly $12 billion check from General Motors, the proceeds from the sale of 40% of the government’s holdings in the automaker during GM’s IPO, last week.

The maker’s return to public trading proved an unanticipated success, with GM and its underwriters both raising the price of the initial offering – to $33 a share from an earlier projected low of $26 – and adding significantly more shares to the pot than first planned. After deducting underwriter fees, the Treasury will keep $11.7 billion.

Nonetheless, taxpayers would stand to lose as much as $9 billion on the $49.5 billion GM bailout unless the price tag on later sales of Treasury-held stock is increased to at least $52.80 a share, analysts reported.

The government now estimates its potential loss on last year’s $85 billion in auto bailouts – which also include Chrysler and the captive finance company now known as Ally – at $17 billion. Earlier this year, the likely loss was forecast to reach as much as $30 billion.

Nonetheless, government officials defended the bailouts, which began under former President George W. Bush but were then significantly expanded when his successor, Barack Obama, moved into the White House.

“Our temporary assistance for the U.S. auto industry saved more than 1 million jobs across the industrial heartland of America and, like the overall TARP program, is on track to cost far less than anyone had first anticipated,” said Tim Massad, the Treasury’s acting assistant secretary for financial stability.

Otherwise known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the $700 billion TARP fund was created by Congress, in 2008, as an emergency measure meant to save the fast-crumbling U.S. financial industry. It was eventually tapped for Detroit, as well, when Congress declined former Pres. Bush’s request for a separate automotive bailout fund.

So far, $252 billion of the TARP funds have been repaid, in some cases at a profit for the Treasury.

Since returning to public trading, last week, General Motors has seen its shares rise as high as $35.99 during intra-day trading. Along with the rest of the market, it has slipped, in recent days, reflecting issues as diverse as the Irish economic crisis and the threat of war in Korea. But it has remained above the IPO price, a significant milestone. The stock closed at $33.25 on Tuesday but quickly jumped today, posting a fast 1% increase in mid-morning trading.

Standard and Poor’s meanwhile, yesterday forecast the stock will rise to $36 over the next 12 months, reflecting a likely jump in earnings from an estimated $2.78 per share in 2010 to $3.62 in 2011, the ratings agency predicted. (Click Here for more.)

Since GM has also paid back in full the loan portion of the bailout, the government has now recouped $21.2 billion from the automaker.

Taxpayers could yet receive another $1.8 billion and further draw down its holdings to around 28% of the GM total. As part of the IPO, underwriters have the right to sell off another 53.8 million shares at $33 apiece.



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