Uncle Sam Books 50% Loss As Government Motors Buys Back 200MM Shares From Tim Geithner

Tyler Durden's picture

A few days after divesting its stake in the firm that started it all, AIG, and at a profit at that (ignoring that the risk has merely been onboarded by the Fed whose DV01 is now $2+ billion as a result), the US Treasury continues to divest of all its bailout stake, this time proceeding to GM, where the channel stuffing firm just announced it would buyback 200MM shares from the US government at a price of $27.50. More importantly, the "Treasury said it intends to sell its other remaining 300.1 million shares through various means in an orderly fashion within the next 12-15 months, subject to market conditions. Treasury intends to begin its disposition of those 300.1 million common shares as soon as January 2013 pursuant to a pre-arranged written trading plan. The manner, amount, and timing of the sales under the plan are dependent upon a number of factors." Assuming a price in the $27.50 range, this implies a nearly 50% loss on the government's breakeven price of $54. So much for the "profit" spin. One hopes all those Union votes were well worth the now booked $40+ billion cost to all taxpayers.

One wonders why the US government did not open up this particular buyback to a public tender: after all some taxpayers may still care about the financial mismanagement of Uncle Sam. Then again, perhaps not.

From GM:

General Motors today said it will purchase 200 million shares of GM common stock held by the U.S. Department of the Treasury for $5.5 billion, or $27.50 per share.  The share buyback is part of the Treasury’s plan, also announced today, to fully exit its entire holdings of GM stock within 12 to 15 months, subject to market conditions.

Treasury has announced its intention to sell its remaining shares of common stock into the market through various means and in an orderly fashion.  Treasury intends to begin its disposition of its remaining shares as soon as January 2013, consistent with a pre-arranged written trading plan.  In addition, Treasury has agreed to relinquish certain governance rights that were included in the U.S. Treasury Secured Credit Agreement with GM.

“This announcement is an important step in bringing closure to the successful auto industry rescue, it further removes the perception of government ownership of GM among customers, and it demonstrates confidence in GM’s progress and our future,” said Dan Akerson, chairman and CEO of GM.

Dan Ammann, senior vice president and CFO added, “A fortress balance sheet has been a pillar of GM’s financial strategy and has enabled us to undertake today’s actions.  GM’s balance sheet will remain very strong, with estimated liquidity of approximately $38 billion at the end of 2012, following the closing of the share buyback.”

The repurchase price of $27.50 per share represents a 7.9 percent premium over the closing price on December 18, 2012.  The share buyback is expected to close by the end of the year.  This transaction will be accretive to earnings per share, as GM’s total shares outstanding on a fully diluted basis will be reduced by approximately 11 percent.  In association with this share buyback, GM expects to take a charge of approximately $400 million in the fourth quarter, which will be treated as a special item.

After the repurchase, Treasury will continue to own approximately 300 million shares of GM common stock, or approximately 19 percent of the outstanding shares on a fully diluted basis.  Government ownership of GM stock was the result of the auto industry rescue that began under President George W. Bush in 2008 and which was expanded by President Barack Obama in 2009.

The industry in general, and GM in particular, have rebounded sharply since the rescue.  Since the rescue, GM has announced investments of more than $7.3 billion in the U.S. and created or retained more than 20,000 jobs.

“We come to work every day grateful that taxpayers from the US and Canada stepped forward to rescue our industry, and determined to show this extraordinary help was worth it,” Akerson said.

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And just because you asked for it again, here is GM's channel stuffing in its full glory:

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Mae Kadoodie's picture

Barry named Time Person of the Year.  Perfect.

docj's picture

The Media congratulating itself for "A Job Well Done".

trav777's picture

the GM bailout was necessary to save jobs...like Obama's

Zer0head's picture

half listening to BBG this AM and not sure I heard anything about the loss part just the buy back and how GM is up a few % this AM

 

so with that, this video clip of Tom Keene clutching a Barbi Doll yesterday that he named Sara Eisen

http://www.bloomberg.com/video/mattel-s-kilpin-on-product-line-strategy-...

Stackers's picture

over $500k per "job saved". Typical Uncle Sam efficiency

SamAdams's picture

Anyone remember when $40B seemed like a lot of money?  Think about TARP, what was that, like $700B?  The public and congress were having fits about it.  These days, Bernanke is printing $85B a month, and no one says a word.  Not to mention all those secret going ons of which the public is completely unaware.

Nationalize the FED, recall the reserve notes and replace with US notes of legal tender.  Bolster confidence by forgiving 3rd world debt.  Lead by example and become the America they tell us we are.

Manthong's picture

“Lead by example and become the America they tell us we are.”

They don’t want us to be the America they tell us we are because that America would not tolerate their fraud and deceit.

The America they tell us we are can only be reborn after the collective “we” loses everything and “we” have to fight  to get back what was stolen from us both financially and culturally.

greyghost's picture

exactly...40 billion all while the bankers swim in an ocean of 23 trillion created since  the collapse!!!!! yes nationalize the fed...good start

Hugh_Jorgan's picture

At least the losses on GM will stop, even if only temporarily. No way we were EVER going to get that money back...

eatthebanksters's picture

Fuck me...I need a bailout and so do lots of my friends!  If I vote for Barry do I qualify? Will I only be required to pay back half of my loan and will the tax payers eat the rest? Sign me up for that program and give as much as I can borrow!

Big Slick's picture

This story has been linked by Drudge (a/o 12:50PM)

Disenchanted's picture

 

 

What will they call that one, 'microphone' Dildo Barbie?

http://www.celebritystir.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/bloomberg-report...

 

btw I still can't get past this whopper:

A few days after divesting its stake in the firm that started it all, AIG, and at a profit at that

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

“A fortress balance sheet has been a pillar of GM’s financial strategy and has enabled us to undertake today’s actions.  GM’s balance sheet will remain very strong, with estimated liquidity of approximately $38 billion at the end of 2012, following the closing of the share buyback.”

So, what happens if/when liquidity goes poof again?

Bicycle Repairman's picture

"One hopes all those Union votes were well worth the now booked $40+ billion cost to all taxpayers."

It won Obama Ohio and the presidency, so as Madeline All-bright (sic) might say, "it was worth it."

AmCockerSpaniel's picture

Are you still happy with "Free Trade"?

johnnymustardseed's picture

What is the pay back on the $16 trillion given the the banks?.....More manipulation

Bicycle Repairman's picture

What is the payback?  Everyone can ride around in convertibles safely.

sessinpo's picture

Yep and eventually.

It's like the guy next door that comes over and rigs the water meter or the cable so he can feed off mine for free. Yea, he is getting it free for a while. But when the SHTF, my neighbor will be paying a lot more then he got in short term benefits. That is also free trade because it is market forces that eventually take effect. Yes, in the current and short term, somebody hurts while this free loader gets away with it. But it evens out in the end.

Silver Bug's picture

Wow no surprise here, Uncle sam has been on a losing streak since we went off the gold standard.

 

http://schiffblog.blogspot.ca/

insanelysane's picture

This article has the facts completely wrong!  The Government has made trillions on all of the bailouts and even more money in green energy grants.  Government good, private equity bad.  </sarc>

CPL's picture

That wasn't the point of the take over.  It was to see if the government could get into the business of selling cars.  Which it failed.  Maybe they didn't have enough meetings or something, you know, instead of selling cars, doing cart wheels and sucking dick in a car lot to flog one.

 

And AIG...lol it was a shithole stock five years ago it's still a shithole stock.  At least the government is getting a taste of what it's like for the retail investor.  Couple billion up on one pile of equities, down tens of billions on another.

sessinpo's picture

CPL  "That wasn't the point of the take over.  It was to see if the government could get into the business of selling cars.  Which it failed."

 

If you seriously believe that, then you have some serious issues. And quite frankly, those issues are so deep, I will not bore other ZH on those issues. I can only hope you forgot your sarcasm tag, in which then I whole heartedly agree and laugh with you. Otherwise, I hope you don't have an AR and aren't near a school.

Anyway, up arrow for you because after reading most of your posts including the crass (amusing) parts of your last post, I think you have your head on straight. Carry on freedom fighter.

CPL's picture

The entire mess is so amazingly retarded and crooked it doesn't matter anymore if the government owned GM or a lawn tractor factory.  It wasn't any of their business to get into anyways.

 

Two places you never want to be with your wallet right now transportation and banking sector.  Those two are nails in a coffin built on high energy prices and poor technology intergration and adoption.  The two things both industries that need the technology processes to happen and they don't let it happen in lieu of giant bonuses to the pit bosses running the show.

 

Can only shake one's head at the lunacy of these people.  And of course laugh at it now, it is well and beyond silly.  Five years ago pulling out my hair.  Now, the deep understanding how little people understand it.  It's like explaining nuclear physics to a herd of goats.  It's just a waste of time, and people assume you are nuts for talking to livestock.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Is this the same private equity on the recieving end of all those taxpayer bailouts.  The same private entities that take their pound of flesh for "saving america".  Go fuck yourself along with all the other paper-pushers who seem to still think that their labor is of any real value.  Roll the guillotines motherfuckers.

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

Rapists do tend to be on the bottom of the totem pole in a prison environment, which I imagine will be approximately how a tribal pecking order would play out in a SHTF scenario.  

GetZeeGold's picture

 

 

Uncle Sam Books 50% Loss  

 

That's almost good news.....almost. Is the glass half empty or half full?

jekyll island's picture

So this is like half of a bailout?  Bailout Lite?  

Vashta Nerada's picture

I think it more likely that Timmy and Co. don't want the second GM bankruptcy to occur whilst they still hold shares.

monad's picture

The FR gangsters and their rats in congress get their shares at the self pay discount window, they still made money.

Someone has got to pay.

docj's picture

One wonders why the US government did not open up this particular buyback to a public tender...

Probably concerned (and not without reason) that GM will price sub-20 and make the loss even worse - not that it matters, we sheeple will be sheared to cover the loss regardless.

forwardho's picture

One wonders why the US government did not open up this particular buyback to a public tender...

Perhaps because they know it has no buyer. GM exists as a union pension disbursment entity.

The only item "rock solid" within GM are its liabilitys

Bicycle Repairman's picture

"GM exists as a union pension disbursment entity."

I wonder if that is on GM's mission statement.

Sheeple Shepard's picture

Did NOT see that coming.

Frastric's picture

Dan Ammann, senior vice president and CFO added, “A fortress balance sheet has been a pillar of GM’s financial strategy and has enabled us to undertake today’s actions.  GM’s balance sheet will remain very strong, with estimated liquidity of approximately $38 billion at the end of 2012, following the closing of the share buyback.”

Enron... Enron... Enron... Wasn't Enron's balance sheet considered rock solid before its epic collapse during 2000/2001? GM's balance sheet is like that of a 'fortress' until it suddenly isn't. Looks like GM is the new Enron.


CPL's picture

Enron, Tyco, Worldcom in fact.

Bicycle Repairman's picture

If the flows don't work, then no balance sheet remains rock solid forever and there is little a CFO can ultimately do about it.

digitlman's picture

"Assuming a price in the $27.50 range..."

Well, let's not get our panties in a bunch until we see what it actually sells for.

I have no delusions that will sell @ anything but a loss, but let's wait for facts first.

 


Racer's picture

20,000 jobs cost $40billion to save???

docj's picture

Nope. $40B to save one job - Obama's.

A million or two union votes in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania don't come that cheaply, dont-cha-know.

kill switch's picture

They didn't need the 40 billion. Not when Diebold is on your side. Like Nation wide..

CPL's picture

Yes, because each employee is making 2 million dollars a year in auto plants.

 

Damn math, always being truthy.

krispkritter's picture

OT: This lady didn't lose out:

http://www.boston.com/news/education/2012/12/18/teacher-sole-heir-gold-c...

Remember the eccentric NV resident with all that gold in coinage?

koaj's picture

 

“We come to work every day grateful that taxpayers from the US and Canada stepped forward to rescue our industry, and determined to show this extraordinary help was worth it,” Akerson said.

fuck you akerson...i didnt step forward for you

his comments make me want to go to a GM dealership and slash some tires