Posted Dec 7th 2012 6:30AM
In a move that welcomes former pieces of General Motors back into the fold, GM Financial has reached a deal with Ally Financial, formerly GMAC, to buy a piece of the company's international operations. The US$4.2 billion deal is for Ally's Latin America, Europe and China operations.
"GM is entering the most aggressive rollout of new vehicles in its history, and this acquisition will make us an even more formidable competitor by ensuring that competitive financing is available to our customers and dealers around the world," says General Motors CFO Dan Ammann. The ability to finance from a captive unit will let General Motors extend better loan terms to potential customers, which the automaker sees as key to closing a sales gap that's between 10 and 15 per cent versus automakers who already have their own financing divisions.
GM will be handing over more than US$2 billion in cash to GM Financial, and the unit will more than double its liabilities from US$12 billion to US$27 billion while also doubling its assets to about $33 billion. GM Financial expects to bolster its yearly pre-tax earnings by US$300-$400 million. It will take at least six months to wrap this deal up, provided it gets approvals from various oversight agencies. For more information on the deal, check out the official press release below.
News Source: General Motors, The Detroit News
GM Financial to Acquire Ally Financial's
International Automotive Financing Operations
GM to contribute $2 billion to GM Financial to fund purchase
DETROIT – General Motors Financial Company, Inc., (GM Financial) a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM), announced today that it is acquiring automotive financing operations in Latin America, Europe and China from Ally Financial Inc. (Ally).
"GM is entering the most aggressive rollout of new vehicles in its history and this acquisition will make us an even more formidable competitor by ensuring that competitive financing is available to our customers and dealers around the world," said GM Senior Vice President and CFO Dan Ammann.
GM established GM Financial in 2010 to add captive financing capabilities in the United States and Canada in strategic and underserved segments. With the addition of Ally International Operations, GM Financial will be able to support GM customers and dealers in markets comprising about 80 percent of GM's global sales while earning strong risk-adjusted returns.
"The Ally International Operations have very strong underwriting and risk management, close relationships with GM dealers and an excellent customer service reputation," said Dan Berce, president and CEO of GM Financial. "The addition of these businesses significantly strengthens GM Financial's core role, which is to support the sale of GM vehicles. The international operations leadership team will also transition to GM Financial, which will provide tremendous continuity for stakeholders and customers."
The transaction includes operations in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and Austria. It also includes Ally's 40 percent interest in its Chinese joint venture GMAC-SAIC Automotive Finance Company.
To fund the purchase, GM expects to contribute approximately $2 billion in cash to GM Financial to increase its equity and ensure an appropriate pro forma capital structure.
The purchase price for the acquired assets represents an approximately $550 million premium to their book value. As result of the acquisition, GM Financial's assets will double to approximately $33 billion and its liabilities, including consolidated debt, will increase to about $27 billion compared with about $12 billion today.
The transaction is expected to add $300 million to $400 million to GM Financial's annual earnings before taxes (EBT). This will bring GM Financial's pro forma annual EBT run rate to approximately $1 billion. The transaction is expected to be completed in mid-2013, subject to regulatory approvals.
About General Motors
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM's brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.
About General Motors Financial Company
General Motors Financial Company, Inc. provides auto finance solutions through auto dealers across the United States and Canada. GM Financial has approximately 3,700 employees, over 809,000 customers and $16.3 billion in assets. The Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Motors Company and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. For more information, visit www.gmfinancial.com.
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