Government Motors is basically no more, and the final price tag for taxpayers to bailout the automaker is about $9.7 billion.
The U.S. Department of Treasury now owns just 7.3% of the General Motors’ common stock after its most recent stock sell off.
Taxpayers originally held 60.8% of GM in exchange for the bailout loans. Treasury has been selling down that stake, but ramped up its efforts this year.
“Through a series of stock sales, Treasury has divested its preferred stock and most of its common stock, reducing its stake to 7.3%,” the department said in a report today. “Because the common stock sales have all taken place below Treasury’s break-even price, Treasury has so far booked a loss of $9.7 billion on the sales.”
There is still a small chance the government could break even on the deal. It could sell the remaining 101 million shares it owns for $148 each.
GM stock was trading at $35.72 today, which makes the remaining taxpayer stake worth about $3.6 billion.
The Treasury is conducting a new round of selling and has said it will divest all the shares by the end of the first quarter of next year. Late last year, the government announced plans to sell off the remaining stock by April of 2014.
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GM received $49.5 billion to complete its restructuring, a bailout initiated by former President George W. Bush in 2008 and completed by Barack Obama in 2009 as the maker exited a managed bankruptcy.
The White House also approved a bailout for GM’s crosstown rival, Chrysler, but only after Italian automaker Fiat stepped in and effectively assumed control.
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The administration has said repeatedly that it has no interest in being in the car business. And it began selling down its stake in November 2010 when GM staged its initial public offering. Priced at $33 a share, it reduced the Treasury’s stake to 33%.