GMAC is hoping to get by with a little help from its friends, as it has hired both Citigroup and Goldman Sachs to examine TARP repayment strategies this week.

“Strategic Alternatives”

The company, which is struggling with negative profits in its auto and home mortgage lending units, has said that it is looking into “strategic alternatives” according to a Bloomberg News source, which could mean a sale or shutdown of the money-losing arms of the lender. Last year, GMAC received $17.3 billion in taxpayer Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds, and remains committed to repaying this figure in full.Citibank and Goldman Sachs

The role of Citibank and Goldman Sachs are primarily to help GMAC review options for its mortgage unit. The lender, which is 56.3% government owned, will cost the American taxpayer as much as $6.3 billion if GMAC is unable to repay TARP.

According to CEO Michael Carpenter, in a statement to the Congressional Oversight Committee in February, the bank will most likely raise the money through an initial public offering (IPO) in the next couple of years. Some investors have already expressed interest in GMAC’s ResCap mortgage servicing platform, which was ranked fifth in the nation in 2009.

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  • Doghairface

    Gmac will probably never pay the money back as long as the same executives that caused this mess and were being overpaid as it was, but in order to save their jobs they decide layoffs and outsourcing are the only remedies for their incompetence so thousands of GMAC employees are out of a job and the executives continue their careers when they had the most to do with the downward spiral of the company.