General Motors is agreeing to a $5 billion stock buy-back and other provisions in exchange for Harry J. Wilson not running for a seat on its board. The compromise ends an attempt by activist investors to return even more money to shareholders.
General Motors has retained Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley for "advice" on how to respond to activist investor Harry J. Wilson. He leads a group of four investment funds who want GM to spend $8 billion on a share buyback to raise its stock value, and he wants a seat on the board.
A former Obama aide, Harry J. Wilson, is leading a group of investment funds urging General Motors to buy back $8 billion worth of its stock, which could raise share prices. Wilson also wants a seat on the GM board.
At the end of January GM said it would hold pat on its dividend of 30 cents per share, leading investors to complain. This week it said it would increase the dividend 20 percent, and later this year would look at "further return of capital to shareholders" assuming it can get the recall fiasco concluded.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk made one thing clear today as he announced his company's third-quarter sales figures: the company has more than enough demand for its luxury electric vehicles and its main problem is getting production ramped up. In fact, Tesla expects Model S orders and deliveries to increase by 50 percent next year. Buried in the good news, though, was word that the upcoming SUV version, the Model X, is going to be delayed. Again.
The saga of Wiesmann dates back to the late 1980s when a pair of German brothers set out to make retro sports cars. The first model was built in 1993 and a steady stream of new coupes and convertibles powered by a variety of BMW engines trickled out of the factory ever since until the company ran into trouble a little over a year ago. Since then Wiesmann has meandered in and out of bankruptcy, but now the founding siblings are reportedly on the verge of securing new funding to get their company
Tony Posawatz, president and CEO of Fisker Automotive, recently made the case for how Fisker and other cleantech companies can find the right investors. Speaking at a conference in Santa Barbara, CA, Posawatz said new clean technologies take years to be adopted and investors should be patient.
Volkswagen's second-largest shareholder, the German state of Lower Saxony, has the final say on the proposed Porsche-Volkswagen merger, and according to a spokesperson for the state's prime minister, Christian Wulff, the new company birthed from the union should be open to outside investors.
You can imagine that for most automakers in today's market, shareholder meetings are about as fun as finding out your CUV only got 4 stars from the NHTSA instead of 5. Toyota has often been the exception to the rule, and its recent shareholder meeting went down unlike any other today in Toyota City, Japan. Rather than the normal bitching and moaning from shareholders about what management didn't do or should've done, the Toyota board was regaled with praise from its shareholders. One woman was r
Ford Motor Company was quick to issue a brief statement regarding the meeting that took place between its CEO, Alan Mulally, and executives from Toyota last week in Japan in order to quell speculation of an alliance or partnership, but news of the meeting had a very positive effect on the Blue Oval's share price today, which rose to a three week high of $7.59, up about 1.3 percent or 10 percent compared to yesterday. Ford's stock began to rise around noon yesterday as news of the meeting began t