GMAC raises $21.2B in debt-for-equity swap

NEW YORK - December 31, 2008 - The lending arm of General Motors Corp. says it raised $17.5 billion in the exchange offer with noteholders, while its home-loan segment, Residential Capital, raised $3.7 billion.

The announcement comes after GMAC was promised a total of $6 billion in aid from the Treasury Department. That would bring the total amount of cash raised or promised to $27.2 billion - $2.8 billion shy of the $30 billion needed for the lender to become a bank holding company.

GMAC received the Federal Reserve's approval to become a bank holding company last week, but the approval was contingent on its raising at least $30 billion.

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