DETROIT – To meet customer demand for leasing and non-prime financing for GM vehicles, General Motors and AmeriCredit Corp. (NYSE: ACF) today
announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for GM to
acquire AmeriCredit, one of the nation's leading independent auto
finance companies, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately
“This acquisition supports our efforts to design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles by expanding the financing options we can offer to
consumers who want to buy GM vehicles," said GM Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer, Ed Whitacre. “Adding AmeriCredit to our team will
improve our competitiveness in auto financing offerings, and I am very
pleased to have them on board."
The acquisition establishes the core of a new GM captive financing arm that will enable GM to provide customers with a more complete range
of financing options, while creating significant growth opportunities
for both GM and AmeriCredit. Since GM and AmeriCredit launched a
successful non-prime program in September 2009, GM’s non-prime
penetration has increased significantly. Upon completion of the
transaction, AmeriCredit intends to also re-enter the leasing business
which will provide expanded leasing availability for all GM customers.
Direct ownership of AmeriCredit’s expertise will provide consistent availability of non-prime financing for GM customers throughout all
economic cycles. While AmeriCredit already has relationships with
approximately 4,000 GM dealers, this transaction will enhance dealer
receptivity and improve sales penetration rates through coordinated GM
branding and targeted customer marketing initiatives.
“With AmeriCredit providing us niche capabilities in leasing and non-prime financing, along with the continued strong support of Ally
Financial and others for prime retail and dealer financing, we’ve set up
a very competitive solution for our financing needs, which will be
resilient through credit and business cycles,” said GM Vice Chairman and
Chief Financial Officer, Chris Liddell.
AmeriCredit President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel Berce said, “We’re excited about joining the GM team. While we will be expanding our
product set to more fully support GM, we’ll continue to offer our loan
products to the more than 11,000 dealers across the country we serve
today. Long term, this transaction will deliver benefits to our
dealers, customers and employees.”
The highly regarded AmeriCredit management team will remain intact, which will assist in minimizing integration risk and maximizing
opportunities between the two companies.
With total assets of approximately $10 billion, the acquisition of AmeriCredit poses minimal impact to GM’s balance sheet, and does not
change GM’s objective of achieving strong investment grade status.
Under GM ownership, AmeriCredit will maintain its own direct access to
the capital markets for its financing requirements.
Under the terms of the agreement, which has been approved by both companies' boards of directors, at closing, AmeriCredit shareholders
will receive $24.50 in cash for each share of stock held as of the
transaction closing date.
The transaction is expected to close by the end of the fourth quarter of 2010, pending certain closing conditions, including the approval of AmeriCredit shareholders.
GM and AmeriCredit will hold a joint conference call today for analysts and media at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The toll-free
number for U.S. callers is 800-764-4852. The dial-in number for
international callers is 1-212-231-2917. When prompted, please ask to
be connected to the General Motors conference call. Details on the call
and information about how to access a replay of the call can be found
on the GM or AmeriCredit websites at www.gm.com/corporate/investor_information/cal_events or www.americredit.com/investors/presentations.asp, respectively.
About General Motors:
General Motors, one of the world’s largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs
205,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in
some 157 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and
trucks in 31 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the
following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden,
Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM’s largest national market is the
United States, followed by China, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom,
Canada, and Italy. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in
vehicle safety, security and information services. General Motors
acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009,
and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer
to operations of the old General Motors Corporation. More information
on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com.
AmeriCredit Corp. is a leading independent automobile finance company that provides financing solutions indirectly through auto dealers
across the United States. AmeriCredit has approximately 3,000 employees
in the U.S. and Canada, 800,000 customers and $9 billion in auto
receivables. The Company was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in
Fort Worth, Texas. For more information, visit www.americredit.com.
GM and AmeriCredit Corp. advise that in this press release and in related comments by our management, our use of the words “expect,”
“anticipate,” “possible,” “potential,” “target,” “believe,” “commit,”
“intend,” “continue,” “may,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “project,”
“projected,” “positioned” 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
these statements are not guarantees of any events or financial results,
and our actual results may differ materially due to a variety of
important factors. Among other items, such factors might include for
GM: our ability to realize production efficiencies and to achieve
reductions in costs as a result of our restructuring initiatives and
labor modifications; our ability to maintain quality control over our
vehicles and avoid material vehicle recalls; our ability to maintain
adequate liquidity and financing sources and an appropriate level of
debt, including as required to fund our planning significant investment
in new technology; our ability to realize successful vehicle
applications of new technology and our ability to comply with the
continuing requirements related to U.S. and other government support.
For AmeriCredit these factors include our ability to successfully
operate in variable economic conditions, including fluctuating interest
rate environment, changes in competitive, regulatory and legal
environment, volatile wholesale vehicle values; our ability to service
adverse changes in portfolio performance, our reliance on warehouse
financing and capital markets; our ability to continue to securitize
loans; our ability to obtain credit enhancement for securitization
transactions on acceptable terms; our ability to manage the high degree
of risk associated with subprime borrowers, and our exposure to
Our most recent annual reports on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q provide information about these and other factors, which we may revise or supplement in future reports to the SEC.
Important additional information regarding the merger will be filed with the SEC:
In connection with the proposed merger, AmeriCredit plans to file a proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).
INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE ADVISED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT
WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE BECAUSE IT WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION
ABOUT THE MERGER AND THE PARTIES TO THE MERGER. Investors and security
holders may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement (when available)
and other relevant documents filed with the SEC from the SEC’s web site
at http://www.sec.gov. Investors and
security holders and other interested parties will also be able to
obtain, free of charge, a copy of the proxy statement and other relevant
documents (when available) by directing a request by mail or telephone
to Investor Relations, AmeriCredit Corp., 801 Cherry Street, Suite 3500,
Fort Worth, Texas 76102, telephone (800) 644-2297, or from
AmeriCredit’s web site at www.AmeriCredit.com.
AmeriCredit and its directors, executive officers and other members of its management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the
solicitation of proxies from AmeriCredit's shareholders with respect to
the merger. Information about AmeriCredit’s directors and executive
officers and their ownership of AmeriCredit’s common stock is set forth
in AmeriCredit’s Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed on September 16,
2009. Shareholders and investors may obtain additional information
regarding the interests of AmeriCredit and its directors and executive
officers in the merger, which may be different than those of
AmeriCredit’s shareholders generally, by reading the proxy statement and
other relevant documents regarding the merger, which will be filed with
GM and its directors, executive officers and other members of its management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the
solicitation of proxies from AmeriCredit’s shareholders with respect to
the merger. Information about GM’s directors and executive officers is
set forth in GM’s Form 10-K filed on April 7, 2010 and GM’s Form 10
Amendment No.1 filed May 17, 2010. These documents are available free of
charge from the SEC’s web site at http://www.sec.gov,
and by directing a request by mail or telephone to Investor Relations,
General Motors Company, 303 Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan
48265-3000, telephone (313) 667-1669, or from GM’s web site at www.GM.com.