General Motors Corp
76-year low on Tuesday, a day after GM's top executives dumped their
shares as the automaker heads toward a bankruptcy or a restructuring
that would all but wipe out existing shareholders.
Six GM executives, led by
former GM vice chairman and product chief Bob Lutz, disclosed on Monday
that they sold almost $315,000 in stock and liquidated their remaining
direct holdings in the automaker.
The automaker's shares were
down 22 percent, or 31 cents, at $1.13 on the New York Stock Exchange
Tuesday. The stock had fallen to as low as $1.09 earlier, a price not
seen since 1933 in the midst of the Great Depression.
sale underscores the pressure on GM with less than three weeks
remaining for the embattled automaker to win deals to slash debt and
operating costs with its major union and bondholders to avoid
GM is headed for either a bankruptcy filing by a
government-imposed deadline of June 1, or an out-of-court restructuring
that would wipe out current stockholders by flooding the market with
new shares to pay off creditors.
The automaker's stock could be
worthless in a bankruptcy or worth less than 2 cents a share if it
proceeds with plans to issue shares to creditors led by the U.S.
Treasury Department, the company has said.
It's a lose-lose
situation as far as we see it, and the shares kind of seem to have been
doing a levitating magic trick and just staying up there in the $1.50
to $2.00 range, Standard & Poor's equity analyst Efraim Levy said.
Given that there is a two-week deadline coming there should be additional downside pressure, Levy said.
this point the differentiation is that you are rooting for a recovery
on GM the company where there is hope, but as far as the GM
shareholders, there is no real positive outlook.
GM SHARES 'WORTHLESS'
Last week, GM detailed plans to all but wipe out the holdings of
remaining shareholders by issuing up to 60 billion new shares in a bid
to pay off debt to the U.S. government, bondholders and the United Auto
The debt-for-equity exchange would make the U.S.
government, which has provided $15.4 billion of loans to keep GM afloat
since the start of the year, the majority shareholder of a restructured
The plan would also leave GM stockholders with 1 percent of the equity.
automaker, historically was one of the powerhouses in the Dow, the most
widely known measurement of U.S. stocks. It has been on the index since
1925 and has stayed despite the dramatic fall in its stock price.
market capitalization as of Tuesday was about $690 million, making it
the smallest component in the Dow Jones industrial average by market
cap. By contrast, Chevron Corp has a market capitalization of about
GM has lost $88 billion since its turnaround efforts began in 2005 under former Chief Executive Rick Wagoner.
was first listed on the Dow in 1915. Journal editors removed it -- as
they did more frequently back then -- adding it again in 1925, and it
has remained ever since.
Only U.S. conglomerate General Electric Co
has been in the Dow Jones industrial average longer than GM. GE was an
original component in 1896 and like GM was dropped for a period before
returning to stay in 1907.