Washington, D.C. –- The Treasury Department announced Monday night that it will purchase $5 billion in senior preferred equity with an 8 percent dividend from GMAC LLC as part of a broader program to assist the domestic automotive industry in becoming financially viable.
Under the agreement, GMAC must be in compliance with the executive compensation and corporate governance requirements of Section 111 of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, as well as enhanced restrictions on executive compensation.
GMAC will issue warrants to the Treasury in the form of additional preferred equity in an amount equal to 5 percent of the preferred stock purchase that will pay a 9 percent dividend if exercised.
Additionally, the Treasury has agreed to lend up to $1 billion to General Motors so that GM can participate in a rights offering at GMAC in support of GMAC's reorganization as a bank holding company.
This commitment is in addition to the assistance previously announced for GM on Dec. 19. This loan will be exchangeable at any time, at the Treasury's option, into the GMAC equity interests being acquired by GM in the rights offering.
Treasury exercised this funding authority under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act's Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). The preferred stock purchase and the loan to support GMAC's rights offering are part of an auto industry-focused TARP program that will include the $17.4 billion in assistance for domestic automakers announced earlier this month.
As previously indicated, the Treasury will work with Congress and the President-elect's transition team on the appropriate timing for release of the remainder of the TARP funds to support financial market stability.