Auditors raise doubts about GM’s survival

March 5, 2009

(ChattahBox) — General Motors Corp on Thursday said its auditors had raised “substantial doubt” about its ability to survive outside bankruptcy if it fails to stem its losses and stop burning cash. Auditors for Deloitte & Touche wrote in their annual report:

“The corporation’s recurring losses from operations, stockholders’ deficit, and inability to generate sufficient cash flow to meet its obligations and sustain its operations raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern.”

The “going concern” warning from the struggling U.S. automaker had been expected, but underscored the stakes for GM as it seeks more U.S. government aid to restructure outside a court-supervised bankruptcy process.

Shares in already severly beaten-up General Motors stock fell almost 15% in early New York trading.

Last week GM posted a $30.9bn loss for 2008 and warned that 2009 was set to be “challenging”.

The firm, which plans to cut 47,000 jobs also said it might need another $22.6bn in government loans to survive.

It has already received $13.4bn in federal loans as it struggles in what analysts say is the worst vehicle sales market in 27 years.

GM said that its creditors had decided not to force the company to repay more than $6bn in loans following the auditor’s warning, in order to let GM press the case for more government financial aid.

GM reiterated on Thursday that a bankruptcy filing could lead to liquidation, as the company would not have enough funds to finance its reorganisation.

Besides, consumers could be reluctant to buy bankrupt carmakers’ vehicles, GM, said.


One Response to “Auditors raise doubts about GM’s survival”

  1. vs on March 5th, 2009 1:00 pm

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    Where is Lehman?
    Where are all the other stock market makers?

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