GM protects brand-new $6 billion credit limit as UAW strike costs $200 million

As UAW negotiations drag on, GM has added a $6B line of credit, says CFO Paul Jacobson

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DETROIT– General Motors protected a brand-new $6 billion credit line as the car manufacturer braces for extra strikes by the United Auto Workers union.

“The facility that we announced today is a $6 billion line of credit that I think is prudent in light of some of the messages that we’ve seen from some of the UAW leadership that they intend to drag this on for months,” CFO Paul Jacobson informed CNBC’s Phil LeBeau in an interview on “Halftime Report.”

The targeted strikes currently cost the automaker $200 million throughout the 3rd quarter, GM stated Wednesday.

A GM representative stated the $200 million strike expense is because of lost production on wholesale volume, mainly due to the UAW’s preliminarySept 15 strike at GM’s midsize truck and full-size van plant in Wentzville,Missouri The strike has actually because broadened to GM’s parts and circulation centers across the country and, since last Friday, a crossover plant in mid-Michigan

As an outcome of the strike in Missouri, GM likewise idled its Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas, where it develops the Cadillac XT4 SUV and the Chevrolet Malibu sedan, and laid off almost 2,000 employees.

Both GM CEO Mary Barra along with Ford Motor CEO Jim Farley have actually openly slammed UAW President Shawn Fain and the union’s strike technique, declaring Fain is not in fact thinking about reaching offers for 146,000 employees with GM, Ford and Chrysler moms and dad Stellantis

Members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 230 and their fans stroll the picket line in front of the Chrysler Corporate Parts Division in Ontario, California, on September 26, 2023, to reveal uniformity for the “Big Three” autoworkers presently on strike.

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“It’s clear that there is no real intent to get to an agreement,” Barra stated in an emailed declaration Friday night. “It is clear Shawn Fain wants to make history for himself, but it can’t be to the detriment of our represented team members and the industry.”

Fain has regularly stated the union is readily available to work out 24/ 7 and has in turn implicated the car manufacturers of slow-walking settlements.

GM’s freshly revealed credit line will need the car manufacturer to keep a minimum of $4 billion in international liquidity and $2 billion in U.S. liquidity. The regards to the credit contract likewise limit GM from mergers or sales of properties and limitations on other, brand-new financial obligation. As of June 30, GM’s overall vehicle liquidity was $389 billion.

The credit limit comes more than a month after Ford got a $4 billion credit line to assist it handle through “uncertainties” in the market.