The U.S. Treasury Department plans on selling its remaining shares of General Motors by the the end of the year.
That means there will be about a $10 billion loss on the $49.5-billion investment to taxpayers, but at least GM is alive and well, saving jobs and making vehicles that are selling at a profit. Of course, with the Treasury planning to sell off its remaining shares this year, it will free GM of the stigma of being bailed out and will be able to focus on retaining and attracting talented workers, while investing into its production to make better vehicles for the general public.
Naturally there’s no real way to quantify if the bailout was worth it, considering the fallout that could have happened if GM had failed. Currently, the government holds on to 31.1 million shares that it intends to sell on a gradual basis on the open market. The government confirmed that it had recouped $38.4 billion from its bailout of GM as of this morning.
“While the U.S. Treasury’s equity stake draws to a close, our work to transform GM continues,” GM said in a statement. “We’re making great progress in our efforts to make the most of this second chance by building outstanding cars and trucks, creating jobs and reinvesting in our country.”
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