GM Makes Final $5.8B Payment to US and Canadian Governments

GM CEO Whitacre

In brief: General Motors has announced that they've made their final payment of $5.8 billion to the U.S. Treasury and Export Development Canada.

The word

CEO WhitacreGM CEO Ed Whitacre made the announcement at a press conference, saying this pays their loan obligations to the governments in full and ahead of schedule.

Last year, both the U.S. and Canadian governments loaned $8.4 billion to GM and took equity stakes in the company as part of the bailout and restructuring plan. The bulk of the $5.8 billion paid today ($4.7 billion) went to the U.S.

GM has had good sales numbers, with GM brands up 36% through March versus the same quarter last year.

And so ...

No word yet on whether the respective governments will be selling their shares to divest themselves of partial ownership.

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