GM, Ford, Chrysler may face bankruptcy – S&P

Ratings agency S&P warn today that a major recession might force the 3 top US carmakers to file for bankruptcy. Clearly they share JD Power’s fears, noted yesterday, about the potential for an ‘outright collapse’ in global auto markets. S&P says operating cash-flow needs at the firms are ‘substantial’, and adds that they face a ‘serious challenge’ in 2009.

Chemical company CFOs have some difficult decisions to make in the light of this situation. If they cut off credit to the companies, then they help to hasten any possible bankruptcy filing. If they continue to sell normally, they risk major losses if the worst happened. And if they cut off credit, whilst others continue to supply, then they will find it difficult to make up the lost sales volume elsewhere in current market conditions.

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Paul Hodges is Chairman of International eChem, trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry. He also serves as a Global Expert for the World Economic Forum. The aim of this blog is to share ideas about the influences that may shape the chemical industry and the global economy over the next 12 – 18 months. It looks behind today’s headlines, to understand what may happen next in critical areas such as oil prices, China and Emerging Markets, currencies, autos, housing, economic growth and the environment. Please do join me and share your thoughts. Between us, we will hopefully develop useful insights into the key factors that will drive the industry's future performance.

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One Response to GM, Ford, Chrysler may face bankruptcy – S&P

  1. Robbo 13 October, 2008 at 3:48 pm #

    That’s what comes of making cars that you want to make, instead of cars that people want to buy. Running factories with out dated working practices doesn’t help. Neither does the US’ lack of a national health insurance scheme, which is partly why production costs at US car makers is so high. It’s going to cost GM $300/month to pay pensioners to source their own health care. And that’s a saving!

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