This week Ford finally made it official and sold The Hertz Corporation, purveyor of fine rental vehicles for years, to an investor group for a cool $15 billion. The investor group was comprised of leading private equity firms like The Carlyle Group and Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity. Under the terms Ford will receive $5.6 billion in cash for relinquishing 100-percent control of Hertz and will therefore see a pre-tax gain of $1.1 to $1.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2005. It’ll be nice just to see a little black ink for once, you know?

[Source: Ford]

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