In December 2009, the government of the United States of America announced a change in private-sector financial support.



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Inception date: 30 Dec 2009 | Removal date: open ended

Capital injection and equity stakes (including bailouts)

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced on December 30, 2009 that it will expand the bailout of GMAC, taking a majority stake in the financial services company. Prior to this action the Treasury had invested $12.5 billion in preferred stock of GMAC. Treasury owns $13.1 billion in preferred stock in GMAC, through purchases and the exercise of warrants, and 35 percent of the common equity in GMAC.
As described by GMAC in a press release, this is part of a three-pronged set of capital actions:

  • A¬†capital infusion of $3.79 billion from the U.S. Department of the Treasury consisting of the purchase of $2.54 billion of trust preferred securities, with a coupon of 8 percent, and $1.25 billion of mandatorily convertible preferred securities (MCP), with a coupon of 9 percent.
  • The exchange of all the GMAC non-convertible preferred stock held by the U.S. Treasury for $5.25 billion of newly-issued MCP.
  • The conversion of $3.0 billion of existing MCP held by the U.S. Treasury into GMAC common equity. Following the conversion and new issuances of MCP, the U.S. Treasury will hold a total of approximately $11.4 billion of MCP.

Formerly known as the General Motors Acceptance Corporation, GMAC is principally engaged in financing the sale of automobiles. It became an independent finance company in 2006 when General Motors sold a 51 percent stake in the company to a group of investors led by Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. The firm had approximately $178 billion in assets, with 15 million customers worldwide as of September 30, 2009.