SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549-1004
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) January 4, 2010
GENERAL MOTORS COMPANY
(Exact Name of Company as Specified in its Charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
On January 12, 2010, the Directors and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors of General Motors Company (the Company) approved the terms of a consulting arrangement between the Company and Stephen J. Girsky, a director of the Company, under its Related Party Transactions Policy. Mr. Girsky is not a member of the Committee.
While serving as the Senior Advisor to the Office of the Chairman, Mr. Girsky will receive, in addition to his Board retainer, a monthly grant of salary stock valued at $75,000 pursuant to the Companys 2009 Salary Stock Plan and reimbursement of his living expenses in Detroit and travel expenses to and from Detroit. Mr. Girsky began serving as Senior Advisor on December 1, 2009, and his compensation will be retroactive to that date. Either the Company or Mr. Girsky may terminate the engagement at any time.
Item 8.01. Other Events
In early November 2009, the GM Board decided to retain the Opel/ Vauxhall business. On November 24, 2009, GM provided 600 million (approximately $900 million) in longer-term financing to Adam Opel GmbH (AOG). The funding was primarily used to repay the remaining outstanding amounts of the bridge loan financing that had been provided by the German government on June 1, 2009, as well as to fund on-going operating requirements of the Opel/ Vauxhall business which is held by AOG.
On January 4, 2010, in order to assist in the funding of the Opel/ Vauxhall business until more permanent financing sources can be obtained, GM provided additional support of 650 million (approximately $930 million) to AOG and its subsidiaries (the AOG Group). This support includes the acceleration of certain payments owed under engineering services agreements.
Specifically, GM is pre-paying the AOG Group for certain engineering services related to engineering development work that the AOG Group performs under an engineering services agreement with GM Global Technology Operations, Inc., a GM subsidiary (GTO). The expenses that were paid on January 4, 2010 by GTO to the AOG Group would normally be reimbursed in April and July, 2010. Therefore, the payment accelerations serve as a temporary funding source for the AOG Groups operations until more permanent financing can be arranged.
According to GMs viability plan for its European operations, the business in Europe (excluding Saab) requires total funding of 3.3 billion. AOG is engaged in ongoing discussions with various European governments to secure more permanent financing for the AOG Group.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Company has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
GENERAL MOTORS COMPANY
|Date: January 15, 2010||By:||/S/ NICK S. CYPRUS|
|Nick S. Cyprus|
|Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer|