Chrysler purchases remaining shares from VEBA Trust, announces funding planThu, 23 Jan 2014 13:01:00 EST
It's official: The Detroit Three is now The Detroit Two and The Fiat Subsidiary, Chrysler. Both the Italian carmaker and The Pentastar announced the completion of cash payments and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on future payments necessary to make the Chrysler Group a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fiat. As previously detailed, Chrysler made a cash payment of $1.9 billion and Fiat North America made a cash payment of $1.75 billion to the Voluntary Employment Benefit Association (VEBA) run by the United Auto Workers union.
On top of that, Chrysler Group signed an MOU that agrees to payments of $700 million to the VEBA in four installments, the first of which was made concurrently with the other cash payments. And for you trivia mavens, the full name of the UAW is the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. So go impress your loved ones with that nugget after you check out the press release below.
Chrysler Group Enters Into Agreement with UAW to Make Contributions to VEBA Trust and Pays a Special Distribution
January 21, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - As previously announced, Chrysler Group and the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (the "UAW") have entered into a memorandum of understanding to supplement Chrysler Group's existing collective bargaining agreement. Under the MoU, Chrysler Group will provide additional contributions to the VEBA Trust of an aggregate of $700 million in four equal annual installments. Chrysler Group made the initial payment today contemporaneously with the closing of a transaction between a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fiat and the VEBA Trust in which Chrysler Group became a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat.
Additionally, Chrysler Group paid a special distribution to its members in an aggregate amount of $1,900 million.1
For more information on Fiat's acquisition of the remaining equity interests in Chrysler Group from the VEBA Trust, please visit: http://www.fiatspa.com/en-US/Pages/home.aspx.
1. FNA's portion of the special distribution was paid to the VEBA Trust as part of the purchase consideration for its acquisition of the VEBA Trust's equity interest in Chrysler Group.
About Chrysler Group LLC
Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 to establish a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, SRT, FIAT and Mopar vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group's culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat's complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.
Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group's product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300 and Town & Country, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Dart, Ram 1500, SRT Viper and Fiat 500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.
Fiat S.p.A. Completes Acquisition of Remaining Equity Interests in Chrysler Group LLC From VEBA Trust
January 21, 2014 , Turin, Italy - Fiat S.p.A. ("Fiat") through its wholly owned subsidiary, Fiat North America LLC ("FNA") today completed its previously announced acquisition of all of the VEBA Trust's membership interests in Chrysler Group LLC ("Chrysler Group"). Chrysler Group is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fiat. The consideration for the acquisition consisted of:
a special distribution paid by Chrysler Group on January 21, 2014 of U.S.$1,900 million (FNA directed its portion of the special distribution to the VEBA Trust as part of the purchase consideration); and
a cash payment by FNA to the VEBA Trust of U.S.$1,750 million.
Fiat funded the U.S.$1,750 million payment from available cash on hand. Chrysler Group funded the special distribution from available cash on hand.
As previously announced, contemporaneously with the transactions described above, Chrysler Group and the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (the "UAW") entered into a memorandum of understanding under Chrysler Group's existing collective bargaining agreements to provide for additional contributions by Chrysler Group to the VEBA Trust of an aggregate of U.S.$700 million in four equal annual installments, the first of which was paid in connection with closing of the transaction with Fiat.
As part of the transactions and as promptly as practicable, FNA and the VEBA Trust will dismiss with prejudice the proceedings before the Delaware Court of Chancery with respect to the interpretation of the call option agreement.
 The UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, a Voluntary Employees' Beneficiary Association, an independently administered trust established to pay health care benefits for retirees from Chrysler
By Jonathon Ramsey
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