General Motors' quarterly dividend is back

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 14, 2014 at 7:15 pm •  Published: January 14, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. said Tuesday that it will resume paying a quarterly dividend for the first time in nearly six years and named a new CFO.

The new 30-cent dividend is payable in March.

Detroit-based GM hasn't paid a dividend since June 2008, when it suspended its 25-cent dividend as it spiraled into debt and eventual bankruptcy.

GM shares rose 3 percent in after-hours trading to $41.20.

GM was widely expected to restore its dividend after the U.S government sold its remaining stake in the company late last year. The Treasury received the stake in 2009 in exchange for a $50 billion bailout that saved GM from financial ruin. It ended up losing about $10 billion on the bailout.

And GM competitor Ford Motor Co. said last week that it would increase its quarterly dividend to 12.5 cents per share, up from 10 cents. It was the second time Ford has raised the dividend amount since it reinstated its dividend in 2012. Like GM, halted its dividend for six years during the U.S. financial crisis.

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