General Motors Company has contributed $4 billion to its long-underfunded hourly and salaried pension plans in the United States.
Chris Liddell, GM vice chairman and chief financial officer, said $2.7 billion was contributed to the hourly plan and another $1.3 billion to the salaried plan.
The $4 billion contribution was another step towards putting the company’s financial house in order. GM’s U.S. pension plans currently provide benefits to approximately 688,000 participants, said Liddell.
“This pension contribution puts us another step closer to our goal of fully funding our pension plans and achieving minimal debt. With a healthy balance sheet, a lower cost structure and focus on revenue generation, we continue to put in place the fundamentals for sustainable success,” Liddell said.
All of the company’s U.S. pension plans were, as of December 31, 2009 underfunded in total by $17.1 billion. The company will next re-measure its U.S. pension plans at year end 2010 and their funded status will be included in the 2010 Form 10-K.
The pension liabilities were one of the key debts that remained after GM completed its bankruptcy, last year.