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Renegade
12-19-2008, 09:39 AM
Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:33am EST


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The government will offer up to $17.4 billion in loans to the ailing U.S. automakers and expects General Motors and Chrysler LLC to access the money immediately, a senior administration official said on Friday.

Some $13.4 billion will be made available in December and January from the $700 billion fund that was originally designed to rescue struggling financial institutions, but the loans would be called back if the automakers cannot prove they are viable by March 31, the official said.

Viability would be mean that the companies must have a positive net present value, which doesn't necessarily mean immediate profitability but would require them to reach that point relatively soon, the official said.

The three-year loans would require limits on executive compensation and other perks, and the automakers would also have to provide warrants for non-voting stocks.

The remaining $4 billion in aid is contingent on the administration seeking access to the second half of the $700 billion financial rescue plan, known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the official said.

(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky and Tabassum Zakaria, editing by Eric Beech and Frances Kerry)
http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE4BI34F20081219

Johnny
12-19-2008, 09:58 AM
General Motors and Chrysler LLC to access the money immediately

I hope Ford makes it without taking any of the money. If that's the case then everyone should run out and buy a Ford and tell the government to "F-150" it!!!! :FLIPOFF:

leistb
12-19-2008, 11:06 AM
I hope Ford makes it without taking any of the money. If that's the case then everyone should run out and buy a Ford and tell the government to "F-150" it!!!! :FLIPOFF:

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