Cash-strapped General Motors Corp. said Monday it will delay reimbursing its dealers for rebates and other sales incentives, an indication that the company is starting to have cash-flow problems.
Company spokesman John McDonald said payments due Nov. 28 will be delayed for two weeks until Dec. 11, while those due Dec. 4 will be paid Dec. 18. The normal weekly schedule will resume after that. He would not say how much money the company will save from the delays.
GM said Nov. 7 that its cash situation was so dire that it may reach the minimum required to run the company by the end of the year. Executives from GM and its Detroit-area counterparts are scheduled to appear at congressional hearings this week to seek $25 billion in loans from the federal government.
Van Conway, a mergers and acquisitions expert and partner with Birmingham, Mich.-based Conway & MacKenzie, said the delay is a sign that the company knows it will run low on cash, and dealers may be most able to take the hit without hurting the company.
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McDonald would not say whether GM was having a short-term liquidity problem during the period that the payments have been delayed.