U.S. loses $1.3 billion in exiting Chrysler


Annalyn Censky
CNN Money
July 21, 2011

NEW YORK — U.S. taxpayers likely lost $1.3 billion in the government bailout of Chrysler, the Treasury Department announced Thursday.

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The government recently sold its remaining 6% stake in the company to Italian automaker Fiat, wrapping up the 2009 bailout that was part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, six years early.

“The fact that the company has done so well — that they were able to go out and raise private capital to repay us the loan so quickly, is really the big story,” said Tim Massad, Treasury assistant secretary for financial stability.

Fiat paid the Treasury a total of $560 million for the remaining shares, as well as rights to shares held by the United Auto Workers retiree trust. Fiat now owns a 53.5% stake in the company.

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