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  1. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne is giving it a rest when it comes to merger talk. Speaking with Bloomberg, Marchionne says he will focus on growing FCA through 2018. After 2018, Marchionne could retire from the company. Last year, Marchionne campaigned publicly for a merger of FCA and General Motors. GM's board looked at his proposal in the summer and rejected it. After this, Marchionne backtracked somewhat, saying the merger could generate $30 billion a year in cash. But now, Marchionne says any chances of a possible GM merge are done. “I met Mary Barra less than a month ago in Washington. I don’t think I will have another coffee with her. It won’t happen again in the future.” Of course, the talk of merging with GM must have brought some other companies out of the woodwork? Marchionne explained that he did get proposals, but were deemed not very attractive. He still believes a big merger is possible, but "it will be someone else's duty." Now with the merger stuff mostly out of his system, Marchionne will focus on finishing the current five-year plan for the company. His overall goal is to increase global deliveries to seven million units a year by 2018. To achieve this, FCA will invest around $52 billion for new products. Source: Bloomberg
  2. Sergio Marchionne isn't taking no for answer from General Motors over merging with FCA. Reuters reports the automakers have brought investment banks for help to deal with this mess. Sources say FCA has brought in UBS, while GM has brought in Goldman Sachs and possibly Morgan Stanley. In the case of GM, the company has signed a letter of engagement with Goldman Sachs on advice with dealing with FCA. "It would be inconceivable for General Motors not to be talking to any number of advisers about normal business operations, but I'm not going to list the issues one by one," said GM Senior Vice President Tony Cervone. Cervone didn't confirm if GM had brought in Goldman Sachs or Morgan Stanley. FCA, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley declined to comment. Does it mean that a FCA and GM merger is possible? Not at this time. But as Bernstein analyst Max Warburton said "Stranger things have happened, especially in bubbly equity markets." Source: Reuters
  3. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne is quite serious on this consolidation of the automotive industry. Last month, it was reported that Marchionne emailed General Motors CEO Mary Barra about a possible tie up and wanting to meet back in March. Barra rejected this idea outright. But this isn't stopping Marchionne. The Wall Street Journal reports Marchionne is turning to activist investors to compel GM into this idea. There is prescient for this idea as earlier in the year, a group of investors approached GM to buy back $8 billion of their stock. Through negotiation, GM agreed to buy back $5 billion of stock. The other prescient goes back to 2006 when Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn teamed up with activist investor Kirk Kerkorian to have GM join the alliance with Nissan and Renault. After weeks of discussion, GM declined to join. If this idea goes no where, Marchionne has a Plan B. Bloomberg has learned from sources that there is a fallback option where Marchionne could talk to other automakers. Such automakers include Volkswagen, Mazda, and PSA Peugeot-Citroen. Source: The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required), Bloomberg
  4. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne is giving it a rest when it comes to merger talk. Speaking with Bloomberg, Marchionne says he will focus on growing FCA through 2018. After 2018, Marchionne could retire from the company. Last year, Marchionne campaigned publicly for a merger of FCA and General Motors. GM's board looked at his proposal in the summer and rejected it. After this, Marchionne backtracked somewhat, saying the merger could generate $30 billion a year in cash. But now, Marchionne says any chances of a possible GM merge are done. “I met Mary Barra less than a month ago in Washington. I don’t think I will have another coffee with her. It won’t happen again in the future.” Of course, the talk of merging with GM must have brought some other companies out of the woodwork? Marchionne explained that he did get proposals, but were deemed not very attractive. He still believes a big merger is possible, but "it will be someone else's duty." Now with the merger stuff mostly out of his system, Marchionne will focus on finishing the current five-year plan for the company. His overall goal is to increase global deliveries to seven million units a year by 2018. To achieve this, FCA will invest around $52 billion for new products. Source: Bloomberg View full article
  5. Sergio Marchionne isn't taking no for answer from General Motors over merging with FCA. Reuters reports the automakers have brought investment banks for help to deal with this mess. Sources say FCA has brought in UBS, while GM has brought in Goldman Sachs and possibly Morgan Stanley. In the case of GM, the company has signed a letter of engagement with Goldman Sachs on advice with dealing with FCA. "It would be inconceivable for General Motors not to be talking to any number of advisers about normal business operations, but I'm not going to list the issues one by one," said GM Senior Vice President Tony Cervone. Cervone didn't confirm if GM had brought in Goldman Sachs or Morgan Stanley. FCA, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley declined to comment. Does it mean that a FCA and GM merger is possible? Not at this time. But as Bernstein analyst Max Warburton said "Stranger things have happened, especially in bubbly equity markets." Source: Reuters View full article
  6. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne is quite serious on this consolidation of the automotive industry. Last month, it was reported that Marchionne emailed General Motors CEO Mary Barra about a possible tie up and wanting to meet back in March. Barra rejected this idea outright. But this isn't stopping Marchionne. The Wall Street Journal reports Marchionne is turning to activist investors to compel GM into this idea. There is prescient for this idea as earlier in the year, a group of investors approached GM to buy back $8 billion of their stock. Through negotiation, GM agreed to buy back $5 billion of stock. The other prescient goes back to 2006 when Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn teamed up with activist investor Kirk Kerkorian to have GM join the alliance with Nissan and Renault. After weeks of discussion, GM declined to join. If this idea goes no where, Marchionne has a Plan B. Bloomberg has learned from sources that there is a fallback option where Marchionne could talk to other automakers. Such automakers include Volkswagen, Mazda, and PSA Peugeot-Citroen. Source: The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required), Bloomberg View full article
  7. Saw this posted tonight, Marry Barra kills the Rumors, even if FCA comes back with a new offer, it is NOT in the GM shareholders best interest to merge with FCA! http://fortune.com/2015/09/14/mary-barra-fiat-merger/?xid=yahoo_fortune&ref=yfp Guess Sergio needs to go snort some more drugs to think up another hair brain idea on how to save his Mess up company!
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