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 Auto Industry

+341,000 auto jobs since June 2009

Program Overview - Five Year Update

When President Obama took office, America’s automobile industry was on the brink of collapse. The financial crisis had nearly frozen access to credit for vehicle loans and sales had plunged by 40 percent. Faced with that sober reality, the Obama Administration moved quickly to protect the broader economy by stabilizing the industry. These actions saved more than one million American jobs, according to independent estimates.
 
The automobile industry is now profitable and creating jobs at the fastest pace in 15 years. In fact, since June 2009, when GM and Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy, more than 340,000 jobs have been created.
  
Treasury exited its investment in Chrysler in 2011, recovering 90 percent of the taxpayer funds invested six years ahead of schedule. In December 2013, Treasury exited its investment in GM, recouping a total of $39.7 billion from its original GM investment when it sold all of its remaining shares of GM common stock. In January 2014, Treasury sold 410,000 shares of Ally common stock in a private offering for proceeds of approximately $3.0 billion. This followed a repayment by Ally of $5.9 billion in November 2013. As of February 2014, Treasury holds roughly 37 percent of common stock in the company, and has recovered approximately $15.3 billion, or 89 percent of the $17.2 billion investment provided to Ally during the financial crisis. Treasury will continue to work with Ally to further wind down this investment through either a public offering, private sale of its common shares, or other alternatives. 
 
While the auto industry rescue may end up as a net cost to the government, the cost of a disorderly liquidation to the families and businesses across the country that rely on the auto industry would have been far higher. The government’s actions not only saved GM and Chrysler but they saved many businesses up and down the supply. They even helped Ford, as its CEO has acknowledged.

While there is still more to work to be done, the decision to rescue the American auto industry helped the economy recover from the financial crisis and enabled the auto industry to come roaring back. 
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Key Facts

  • The Automotive Industry Financing Program (AIFP) was created to prevent the collapse of the U.S. auto industry, which would have posed a significant risk to financial market stability, threatened the overall economy, and resulted in the loss of one million U.S. jobs.
  • Treasury invested approximately $80 billion in the auto industry through its Automotive Industry Financing Program. As of July 31, 2014, it has recovered $68.7 billion or 86.3% of the funds disbursed through the AIFP program.
  • In May 2011, Chrysler repaid its outstanding TARP loans six years ahead of schedule.  Chrysler returned more than $11.2 billion of $12.5 billion committed to Chrysler through principal repayments, interest, and cancelled commitments. Treasury has fully exited its investment in Chrysler Group under TARP.
  • On December 9, 2013 Treasury reached a significant milestone when it fully exited its investment in General Motors (GM). Treasury completed its fourth and final pre-arranged trading plan for the sale of its remaining 31.1 million shares. Treasury recovered a total of $39.7 billion from its original investment of $51.0 billion in GM.

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Last Updated: 8/11/2014 11:51 AM