Sheila throws GMAC a bone

October 28, 2009

GMAC sold more FDIC-backed debt today… (Reuters)

General Motors Acceptance Corp on Wednesday sold $2.9 billion in three-year government-guaranteed notes, according to a market source familiar with the sale. The 1.75 percent notes were priced at 99.991 to yield 1.753 percent, or 31.6 basis points over comparable U.S. Treasuries.

The notes are guaranteed under the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp’s temporary liquidity guarantee program.

GMAC has permission to sell up to $7.4 billion of FDIC-backed debt, in addition to the $12.5 billion of TARP money already received and the $2.8-$5.6 billion of additional TARP cash they’re negotiating for.

In exchange for upping GMAC’s TLGP allowance, Sheila Bair supposedly extracted concessions on the interest rates GMAC will be able to advertise for deposits.

On BankRate, they’re still listed as #3 for 1-yr CDs.

While we’re on the subject of auto bailouts, John Stoll and Sharon Terlep of WSJ are reporting that GM dipped into its bailout fund from Treasury to help rescue supplier Delphi:

General Motors Co. by the end of the week will outline plans to draw down more U.S. government money it will use to aid Delphi Automotive LLP and also give an update on a closely watched escrow account of its bailout funds, according to several people familiar with the matter.

GM’s additional borrowing will mostly be limited to Delphi’s funding needs and is expected to be north of $2.5 billion, based on prior announcements.

According to the article, the U.S. has committed $50 billion to the GM bailout, $30.1 billion of which was committed when the company filed for bankruptcy. Much of that amount went into an escrow account GM can tap as needed.

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