Friday, August 1, 2008

GM Posts $15.5 billion 2nd-Quarter Loss

General Motors today announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2008, which include significant charges and special items. The reported net loss was $15.5 billion or $27.33 per share for the second quarter, including these charges and special items, compared with net income from continuing operations of $784 million or $1.37 per share in the second quarter of 2007. On an adjusted basis, GM posted a net loss of $6.3 billion or $11.21 per share, compared with net income from continuing operations of $1.3 billion or $2.29 per share in the same period last year.

GM's second quarter results were primarily driven by several factors: significant losses in GM North America (GMNA) due to continuing U.S. industry volume declines and shifts in vehicle mix, the long strike at American Axle and large lease-related charges; a number of special charges associated with GM's ongoing restructuring actions; continued losses at GMAC Financial Services (GMAC) and updated estimates regarding recoveries and expectations of assumed benefit obligations in the Delphi bankruptcy.

GM recorded $9.1 billion of special items, predominantly non-cash in nature for the current quarter or near-term periods.

On a standalone basis, GMAC reported a net loss of $2.5 billion for the second quarter 2008. Affecting results were continuing large losses at Residential Capital, LLC (ResCap) related to asset sales, valuation adjustments and loan loss provisions, as well as a $716 million pre-tax impairment of lease assets in the automotive finance business as a result of lower used vehicle prices, particularly for SUVs

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