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GM Bids for Ally Financial’s International Operations

Monday, 13 August 2012 12:21 PM

General Motors Co., the largest U.S. automaker, said its lending arm made a bid in July for Ally Financial Inc.’s international operations, which, if successful, could more than double GM Financial’s consolidated assets.

Ally, which in May said it was putting its ResCap mortgage subsidiaries in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, is also seeking to divest more than $30 billion of assets in Canada, Mexico, Europe and South America.

“GM Financial and a number of other third parties submitted indicative bids in July and are at the preliminary stages of the bid process investigation,” Detroit-based GM said Monday in a U.S. regulatory filing.

Dan Akerson, GM chief executive officer, said he was interested in acquiring Ally’s international operations in a May interview.

“We’re interested in it, but we’re not going to bleed to buy it,” Akerson said in May at Bloomberg’s New York headquarters. “We’re the natural buyer.”

The sales may allow Ally to repay two-thirds of the government rescue that left the U.S. Treasury Department with a 74 percent stake, Ally CEO Michael Carpenter said in May.

GM had owned Ally’s predecessor, GMAC, until 2006, when GM sold 51 percent of it to Cerberus Capital Management LP. GM Financial Co., the automaker’s lending arm, was created by GM after acquiring Fort Worth, Texas-based AmeriCredit Corp. in 2010.

“If GM Financial is the successful bidder, its consolidated assets could potentially more than double, and it could incur substantial amounts of indebtedness, including secured debt,” GM’s filing said.

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