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May 18, 2011 Autos Insider | Chrysler has deal to repay U.S. loans | The Detroit News

Chrysler has deal to repay U.S. loans

TOM KRISHER


Detroit — Chrysler is close to repaying its government bailouts.

The company has lined up investors to help it refinance $7.5 billion in loans from the U.S. and Canadian governments, three people briefed on the matter said Wednesday. Under the deal, the company would take out $2.5 billion in bank loans and sell $3.5 billion worth of bonds to investors. Italy's Fiat, which has management control of Chrysler, would kick in $1.3 billion more to raise its stake in the U.S. carmaker.

The deal moves Chrysler closer to separating itself from the government, which was the only lender available to save the company when it nearly ran out of cash early in 2009. Chrysler would like to shed its image as a ward of the government, which has angered some potential customers who disliked the bailout. The refinancing also will dramatically cut Chrysler's interest payments, which CEO Sergio Marchionne has blamed for holding down the company's profits.

Details of the financing package still are being worked out and are scheduled to be finalized Thursday morning, the people said. It's likely the money will change hands and the government debt will be repaid on Tuesday, said two of the people, all of whom asked not to be identified because negotiations are ongoing.

Chrysler took $10.5 billion from the U.S. government to survive two years ago, and it has repaid some of the money. The refinancing will allow Chrysler Group LLC to retire the remaining $5.9 billion balance on the loans, in addition to paying $1.6 billion to the governments of Canada and Ontario.

It also cuts the interest rate Chrysler pays on the money to about 8 percent on the bonds and 6 percent on the bank loans from around 12 percent the governments charged per year, the people said. Interest rates will be finalized Thursday morning, the people said. Marchionne has said the government interest rates are excessive.

Last year, Chrysler paid $1.2 billion in interest on the loans, more than $3 million per day.

Even with the loan payments, Chrysler still owes the U.S. government about $2 billion. Some of that could be recouped when the government sells its 8.6 percent ownership stake in Chrysler. Fiat has an option to buy the stake, or it could be sold in a Chrysler initial public stock offering that could come later this year or in 2012. Not all of the money will be recovered, though.

Canada got a 2.2 percent stake in Chrysler and could get more cash in the public stock sale.

Chrysler had hoped the refinancing package would include $3.5 billion in bank loans and $2.5 billion in bonds. But when Marchionne and other executives went on the road pitching the debt deal in recent weeks, the bonds were popular and interest in loaning money to Chrysler wasn't as strong. Chrysler wanted more loans because they carry a lower interest rate.

Earlier this month, Chrysler announced a first-quarter net income of $116 million. The company, which emerged from bankruptcy protection a little less than two years ago, hadn't reported a net profit since 2006.

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