The Treasury Department and a committee of major bondholders at General Motors have reached a deal that could give creditors a larger stake in GM than previously offered. But bankruptcy is still likely in the next few days despite the deal.
The agreement, revealed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing by GM (GM, Fortune 500) early Thursday, would essentially give the bondholders 10% of the company but also give them the rights to buy an additional 15% of the company’s stock at a low price.
The deal is unlikely to allow GM to avoid bankruptcy, however. If anything, it might clear potential obstacles to the government’s plans to use bankruptcy as a way to turn around the nation’s largest automaker. That’s because bondholders accepting the new offer agreed not to fight the government’s plans for a quick bankruptcy at GM.