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Editor: Eric C. Chaffee
Univ. of Toledo College of Law

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Treasury Plans to Sell 30 Million Shares of GM Stock

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that it plans to sell 30 million additional shares of General Motors Company (GM) common stock in an underwritten public offering in conjunction with GM’s inclusion to the S&P 500 index effective as of the close of trading on June 6, 2013.  The UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust will also participate in the proposed offering by selling 20 million shares, making the total offering size 50 million shares.

In December 2012, GM repurchased 200 million shares of GM common stock from Treasury.   At that time, Treasury also announced that it intended to sell its remaining 300 million shares into the market in an orderly fashion and fully exit its GM investment within the next 12-15 months, subject to market conditions. Since then, Treasury has been selling GM shares through its pre-defined written trading plans.

Treasury’s sale of its GM common stock is part of its continuing efforts to wind down the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

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