Pleading, urging, begging, whatever. Call it what you will, this one isn't going to drift by as "easily" as Chrysler. But then, the Chicago machine is just getting warmed up, isn't it? Either way, we continue to be amused by the (1 - 0.65) reverse spin on the debt holder (dis)approval numbers.
Advisers to General Motors Corp bondholders representing $27 billion in the automaker's debt urged investors on Friday to support a debt swap negotiated over the past week with the Obama administration.
Bondholders have until Saturday to register their support for the terms of a deal that would give them up to 25 percent of a reorganized GM. That offer is contingent on the U.S. Treasury determining that enough investors have signed on in support.
Investors representing at least 35 percent of GM's bonds are expected to support the sweetened offer from the U.S. Treasury, which will be the automaker's largest shareholder and creditor.
In a conference call open to GM bondholders, advisers to an ad hoc committee representing institutional investors urged other bondholders to offer their support for the deal.
But we wonder if the real story here isn't this:
For the government to be repaid in full, GM would have to have an enterprise value of $69 billion based on its expected 72.5 percent stake in the company, Siegert said.
Really, the jobs we are "saving" are getting obscenely expensive. What happened to a "bridge loan" and the rough backhand pimp-slap that Treasury and company were supposed to deliver to a GM that was not viable by the deadline?