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Chrysler to repay government loans this quarter

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  April 28, 2011 12:16 PM

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Chrysler will repay all outstanding loans from the US and Canadian governments sometime during the second quarter of this year, the company said this morning.

Of the original $9.6 billion loan package, Chrysler now owes the US Treasury $5.8 billion and the Canadian and Ontario governments $1.7 billion since the Detroit automaker filed for bankruptcy in May 2009. The loans were not due until 2017.

Earlier this month, Fiat raised its ownership stake from 25 to 30 percent. The U.S. Treasury now owns 8.6 percent and the Canadian governments 2.2 percent. The United Auto Workers has the controlling 59.2 percent.

The company said it will seek to refinance its remaining debt this quarter. Fiat has already committed $1.27 billion to buy an additional 16 percent stake, as per the conditions of the government loans. After the loans are paid, both US and Canadian governments will continue to own their respective shares at least until Chrysler files for an initial public offering, the company said.

More details will follow when Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner speak during a press conference later this afternoon.

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