GM announced on April 12, 1999 the GM Board of Directors' approval of
a tax-free spin-off of Delphi Automotive Systems that will result in Delphi
becoming a fully independent company on May 28, 1999. The following information
was released subsequent to this announcement.
GENERAL MOTORS TO COMPLETE ITS SEPARATION OF DELPHI AUTOMOTIVE
SYSTEMS IN A TAX-FREE SPIN-OFF
For Release: Monday, April 12, 1999 4:00 p.m. EDT
DETROIT and TROY, Mich. General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM) and
Delphi Automotive Systems Corporation (NYSE: DPH) jointly announced today
that the GM Board of Directors has approved the complete separation of
Delphi from GM by means of a tax-free spin-off. As a result of the board's
action, 80.1 percent of the ownership of Delphi, 452.6 million shares of
Delphi common stock now owned by GM, will be distributed to owners of GM
$1-2/3 par value common stock.
In addition, the GM Board has indicated that it intends to maintain the
current $0.50 quarterly dividend on GM $1-2/3 common stock subsequent to
the separation of Delphi from GM. "By maintaining our current dividend
even though Delphi's earnings will no longer contribute to GM's
earnings GM will effectively be increasing the dividend yield and
payout ratio to GM shareholders," said GM Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer John F. Smith, Jr. "This reflects the confidence that GM's board
and management have in the series of strategic initiatives that GM has
undertaken, and our future earnings capacity."
The spin-off will result in Delphi becoming a fully independent company
on May 28, 1999. One hundred million shares of Delphi common stock were
sold by Delphi in an initial public offering completed in February 1999.
"Delphi's complete separation from GM through the spin-off provides Delphi
the opportunity to achieve the full benefits of an independent company,"
said J.T. Battenberg III, chairman, chief executive officer and president
"We believe that we will have greater opportunities as a fully independent
company to leverage our technical expertise in a broad range of product
lines, our strong systems integration skills, our expansive global presence
and our significant scale advantages," Battenberg said.
GM and Delphi will have a significant ongoing customer-supplier relationship
following the spin-off. Prior to Delphi's initial public offering in February
1999, the two companies entered into an agreement that is intended to provide
Delphi with a substantial base of business with GM well into the next decade.
"While General Motors will continue to be an important and, we hope, growing
customer following the spin-off, Delphi's full independence will substantially
help us expand our revenue base through sales to major automotive vehicle
manufacturers other than GM," Battenberg said.
GM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, John F. Smith, Jr. said, "We
believe that both companies will become stronger and more competitive in
our respective businesses through focused growth, thus allowing us to better
meet the needs of our customers, shareholders and employees.
"We have assured the leadership of the United Auto Workers (UAW), the
International Union of Electrical Workers (IUE), and our other unions that
we are prepared to promptly enter into agreements to protect the interests
of Delphi employees affected by the spin-off," Smith said.
"Pension plans will be fully funded, and health-care, and other benefits
of Delphi's current employees will be continued," Battenberg said. "We
intend to maintain a high-level dialogue with the leadership of the UAW,
the IUE and our other unions, and hope to forge long-lasting and constructive
Today's decision by the board was required to implement the full separation
of Delphi from GM, and fulfills the objectives announced Aug. 3, 1998,
when GM and Delphi jointly outlined plans for Delphi's independence.
Related to these actions, and if GM receives a favorable supplemental
ruling from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) prior to May 14, 1999, GM
will contribute 12.4 million Delphi shares, or 2.2 percent of the ownership
of Delphi, to a Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA) trust
which can be used to fund benefits for hourly retirees. If such a ruling
is not received, the additional 2.2 percent of Delphi shares held by GM
will also be distributed to GM stockholders, in which case the same record
date and payment date will be used.
GM had previously said that the separation of Delphi would be completed
by means of a split-off, a spin-off or some combination of both transactions.
"After carefully reviewing these possible transaction structures, we have
determined that a spin-off is the most appropriate action," Smith said.
To effect the spin-off, the GM board has declared a dividend on GM $1-2/3
common stock consisting of 452.6 million shares of Delphi common stock
owned by GM. This dividend will be paid as of the opening of business on
May 28, 1999 (9:00 a.m. EDT), to holders of record of GM $1-2/3 stock as
of the close of business on May 25, 1999. Delphi shares are issued under
the direct registration system, where stockholders receive account statements
rather than stock certificates, although an individual stockholder has
the right to request and obtain physical certificates. The New York Stock
Exchange has advised GM that the ex-dividend date for GM $1 2/3 common
stock also will be May 28. Based on the number of shares of GM $1-2/3 stock
currently outstanding, this dividend would be approximately 0.7 of a share
of Delphi stock for each share of GM $1-2/3 stock.
Earlier this year, GM received a ruling from the Internal Revenue Service
to the effect that the distribution by GM of its shares of Delphi stock
will be tax-free to General Motors and to GM $1-2/3 stockholders for U.S.
federal-income-tax purposes. Notwithstanding the "tax-free" ruling from
the IRS, the receipt of cash in lieu of fractional shares, which for each
stockholder will be no more than a fraction of the price of one share of
Delphi stock, will be taxable for U.S. federal-income-tax purposes.
Based on the current market price of Delphi stock, the indicated value
of the dividend would be approximately $7.8 billion in the aggregate, or
approximately $12 per share of GM $1-2/3 stock. GM $1-2/3 stockholders
will receive cash instead of any fractional shares of Delphi stock that
would otherwise be allocated to them in the stock dividend.
Subject to its financial results and action by its board of directors,
Delphi has announced that it currently intends to pay quarterly dividends
at an initial rate of $0.07 per share, commencing with the first declaration
in June 1999 for payment in July 1999.
The GM board's approval today of the Delphi spin-off completes a series
of actions designed to allow Delphi to pursue more strategic growth and
competitive initiatives on a stand-alone basis.
In 1991, GM established Delphi (then called Automotive Components Group
Worldwide) as a separate business sector within GM, with the objective
of improving its competitiveness and increasing its business through penetration
of new markets. In 1995, GM renamed the business sector "Delphi Automotive
Systems" in order to establish its separate identity in the automotive
parts industry. GM began publicly disclosing separate financial data for
Delphi in March of 1997. In late 1997, in connection with GM's spin-off
of its defense electronics business, GM transferred Delco Electronics to
Delphi in order to integrate more closely Delco's expertise in electronics
with Delphi's capabilities in automotive components and systems.
In late 1998, Delphi was incorporated in Delaware and, effective Jan.
1, 1999, GM contributed to Delphi the assets and liabilities Delphi now
carries on its automotive components and systems business.
Delphi, based in Troy, Mich., is the world's largest and most diversified
supplier of automotive components, systems and modules. In 1998, Delphi
reported annual revenues of approximately $28.5 billion and a net loss
of approximately $93 million. Delphi's net income totaled $820 million,
when adjusted to exclude the unfavorable impact of special items and work
Delphi became a leader in the global automotive parts industry by capitalizing
on the extensive experience it has gained as the principal supplier of
automotive parts to GM. Delphi has an expansive global presence, with a
network of 168 wholly owned and leased manufacturing sites, 27 technicalcenters,
51 customer service centers and sales activity offices, and 40 joint ventures
or other strategic alliances in 36 countries. Delphi employs approximately
198,000 people globally and has regional headquarters located in Paris,
Tokyo, and Sao Paulo.
General Motors, based in Detroit, is the world's largest manufacturer
of automotive vehicles and sells its products in 160 countries worldwide.
GM also has telecommunications, financing and insurance operations and,
to a lesser extent, engages in other industries. GM participates in the
telecommunications industry through its Hughes Electronics subsidiary,
which designs, manufactures and markets advanced technology electronic
systems, products and services for the telecommunications and space industry.
GM's other industrial operations include the design, manufacture and marketing
of locomotives and heavy-duty transmissions. GM's financing and insurance
operations primarily relate to General Motors Acceptance Corporation, which
provides a broad range of financial services, including consumer vehicle
financing, full service leasing, mortgage services and vehicle and homeowner's
Immediately prior to the spin-off, GM will employ approximately 590,000
people globally, including those employed at Delphi. In 1998, GM reported
revenues of approximately $161 billion and net income of approximately
$3.0 billion. GM would have had 1998 revenues of approximately $155 billion
if Delphi had been a fully independent company throughout that year.
In this news release, use of the words expects, intends, believes, plans
and similar words are associated with forward-looking statements that are
inherently subject to numerous risks and uncertainties. Accordingly, there
can be no assurance that the results described in such forward-looking
statements will be realized. The principal risk factors that may cause
actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking
statements contained in this news release are described in various documents
filed by GM and Delphi with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission,
including GM's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 1998,
(at page II-22); Delphi's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended
Dec. 31, 1998, (at page 54).