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Merrill says GM bankruptcy possible

Posted By admin On July 2, 2008 @ 2:34 pm In Money Watch | Comments Disabled

Soyoung Kim
Reuters [1]
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

General Motors Corp will need to raise as much as $15 billion in cash to shore up liquidity and bankruptcy is “not impossible” if the U.S. auto market continues to slump, Merrill Lynch said.

Other analysts have suggested GM, whose shares fell to a new 54-year low on Wednesday, needs to raise funds to ride out the downturn in the U.S. auto market through 2009.

But Merrill’s estimate of GM’s financing needs is the highest yet. It also carried the most stark warning of the bankruptcy risk for the largest U.S. automaker.

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GM declined to comment directly on the Merrill Lynch report but it believes it has sufficient liquidity for 2008 despite lower volumes and could take more steps to cut costs if sales conditions worsen.

“If conditions continue to deteriorate, we would consider other operating measures,” GM spokeswoman Renee Rashid-Merem told Reuters.

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