Little hope taxpayers break even on GM bailout

Watchdog: Taxpayers must get $95.51 per share to break even on bailing out General Motors

Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- There's little hope that taxpayers will break even on the government's $49.5 billion bailout of General Motors.

A government watchdog says the Treasury would have to sell its GM stock for $95.51 per share to get its money back. The shares closed Tuesday at $36.61.

Treasury hopes to sell the 189 million GM shares it still owns by early next year.

The special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program says taxpayers are still $18.1 billion in the hole on the bailout, which GM needed to survive its bankruptcy restructuring in 2009.

Since leaving bankruptcy, GM has earned $17.2 billion. In exchange for the bailout, the government got GM stock. It has reduced its GM stake from 61 percent in 2009 to 14 percent as of last month.

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