GM will continue to release financial statements when it becomes private

NEW YORK — When General Motors Corp. emerges from bankruptcy protection, it will technically be a brand new, privately held company — yet it will be more publicly owned than ever, with taxpayers holding a 60 percent stake.

GM executives say the company will continue to release regular financial statements after it goes private, even though, technically, it will no longer have to.

"There will continue to be a significant level of disclosure," chief financial officer Ray Young said. "The new GM will be the most public private company."

The Detroit automaker filed for Chapter 11 on Monday and is hoping to emerge in 60 to 90 days — smaller, leaner and less burdened with debt. Its ownership structure will completely change: The Treasury Department, which is bankrolling the bankruptcy with $30 billion, will own 60 percent, while the Canadian government will take 12.5 percent in exchange for its financing.

GM's other stakeholders will include the United Auto Workers, with a 17.5 percent stake, and GM's bondholders, who will get a 10 percent share. GM's current shares are expected to become virtually worthless once the company sells its best assets to a "New GM" and liquidates the rest in bankruptcy court.

Eventually, GM plans to hold an initial public offering of stock, allowing the company to trade publicly again.

GM will continue to release financial statements when it becomes private 06/04/09 [Last modified: Thursday, June 4, 2009 9:07pm]

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