General Motors Announces Plans to Amend its Credit Facility
2006-06-20, NEW YORK - General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM) today announced its plan to amend and extend its existing $5.6 billion unsecured revolving credit facility. Under the proposed terms, all existing lenders will receive a 20 percent reduction in their commitments, and have the opportunity to extend to 2011 in return for collateral, pricing and other structural enhancements.
The amendment to the credit facility must be approved by lenders with greater than 50 percent of the loan commitment under the existing facility. GM has received formal indications that the majority of its lending bank syndicate agreed to amend and extend. Lenders that do not consent will maintain their commitment in the unsecured facility through 2008 and will not receive collateral, pricing or other structural enhancements.
The proposed amendment will remove any existing uncertainty as to whether the bank syndicate will be required to honor a borrowing request.
“GM values its long-standing relationships with its banks and believes that these proposed changes to the facility will be beneficial for all parties,” said Walter Borst, GM treasurer. “The amended facility will further strengthen GM’s strong liquidity profile and will reposition this source of capital from a standby facility to one that will be drawn on from time to time to fund working capital and other needs.”
Under the amended facility, borrowings from the extending lenders will be limited to an amount based on the value of the underlying collateral. Collateral will consist of certain North American accounts receivable and inventory of General Motors Corp., Saturn Corp. and GM of Canada Ltd.; certain plants, property and equipment of GM of Canada Ltd.; and a pledge of 65 percent of the stock of the holding company for GM’s indirect subsidiary GM de Mexico. All-in cost of borrowings from extending lenders will likely be in a range of LIBOR ( London InterBank Offered Rate) plus 200-225 basis points, depending on final rating agency ratings. In addition, extending lenders will receive a consent fee of 40 basis points.
GM anticipates that the amendment and extension of the existing credit facility will be completed by the end of July. Completing the transaction, however, is subject to final documentation and other conditions, so that there can be no assurance as to the successful completion or the timing of the transaction.
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In this press release and in related comments by General Motors management, the use of the words “anticipate,” “intend,” “seek,” “may,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “believe,” or the negative of any of those words or similar expressions is intended to identify forward-looking statements that represent our current judgment about possible future events. We believe these judgments are reasonable, but they are not guarantees of any events or financial results, and GM’s actual results may differ materially due to a variety of important factors. Among other items, these factors include: GM’s ability to obtain the consent of the percentage of lenders required to amend and extend the existing credit facility on the proposed terms and within the timeframe anticipated by management; the rate of interest payable on any amounts borrowed under the amended credit facility, based upon final rating agency actions; GM’s ability to comply with the representations, warranties and covenants contained in the amended credit facility; the final results of investigations by the SEC; costs and risks associated with litigation; changes in our accounting assumptions that may require or that result from changes in the accounting rules or their application, which could result in an impact on earnings; and changes in the existing, or the adoption of new, laws, regulations, policies or other activities of governments, agencies and similar organizations. These factors may be revised or supplemented in future reports by GM to the SEC on Form 10-K, 10-Q or 8-K.
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