DETROIT – General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) announced today the pricing of three series of senior unsecured notes for a total of $4.5 billion. These notes include $1.5 billion of 3.5 percent notes due in 2018, $1.5 billion of 4.875 percent notes due in 2023 and $1.5 billion of 6.25 percent notes due in 2043. The offering is expected to settle on Sept. 27, 2013.
GM plans to use approximately $3.2 billion of the net proceeds from the offering of the notes to repurchase 120 million shares of Series A Preferred Stock from the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust (UAW VEBA). The shares have a liquidation preference of $25 per share and accrue cumulative dividends at a rate equal to 9 percent annually.
GM also plans to use approximately $1.2 billion of the net proceeds to prepay in full its 7 percent notes held by the Canadian Auto Workers’ Union Health Care Trust, due in periodic installments through 2018, including accrued interest.
“We’re taking advantage of a favorable market to lower our cost of capital, increase our financial flexibility and further strengthen our fortress balance sheet,” said Dan Ammann, GM executive vice president and CFO.
The transactions are expected to be accretive to 2014 earnings by approximately $0.11 per share.
In association with the purchase of Series A Preferred Stock, GM expects to record a charge of approximately $0.8 billion in the third quarter, which will be treated as a special item.
The notes have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons (as defined in Regulation S under the Securities Act) except to (a) qualified institutional buyers in reliance on the exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act provided by Rule 144A and (b) persons in offshore transactions in reliance on Regulation S.
The press release does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities. The offer will be made only by means of a confidential offering memorandum.
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