Chrysler LLC's first-lien lenders have offered to cut the amount they are owed to $3.75 billion, moving closer to the position of the U.S. Treasury in high-stakes debt restructuring talks, according to a person with direct knowledge of the proposal.
Chrysler's lenders are owed almost $7 billion and face pressure to accept a reduced amount and equity in a restructured automaker ahead of a government-imposed April 30 deadline for Chrysler to clinch an alliance with Italy's Fiat SpA (FIA.MI).
In their second offer to U.S. officials, Chrysler's lenders are seeking $3.75 billion in debt and a 40-percent equity stake, according to the person who asked not to be named because of the confidential nature of the talks.
The offer represents a $750-million concession compared with the $4.5 billion in remaining debt that the Chrysler creditors had asked for in a debt restructuring proposal submitted to U.S. officials earlier this week. (Reporting by Jui Chakravorty; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)