DETROIT, June 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) said today that Fitch Ratings has raised the credit ratings of both GM and GM Financial to investment grade. With this upgrade, the corporate credit ratings for GM are now investment grade with all major rating agencies.
"Fitch's news today confirms that we are delivering on our commitment to generate strong operating results and implement our customer-focused strategy," GM CEO Mary Barra said. "But, as much as we like this recognition, we are focused on achieving even stronger performance and enhancing long-term shareholder value in the years to come."
The new GM corporate and GM Financial credit ratings assigned by Fitch are BBB- with a "stable" outlook. Each credit rating is one level higher than the previous GM and GM Financial ratings of BB+, which were assigned by Fitch in August 2012 and August 2013, respectively.
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com/.
In this press release and in related comments by our management, our use of the words "plans," "expect," "anticipate," "possible," "target," "believe," "commit," "intend," "continue," "may," "would," "could," "should," "project," "appears," "potential," "projected," "upside," "positioned," "outlook" or similar expressions is intended to identify forward-looking statements that represent our current judgment about possible future events. We believe these judgments are reasonable, but these statements are not guarantees of any events or financial results, and our actual results may differ materially due to a variety of important factors. Among other items, such factors may include: our ability to realize production efficiencies and to achieve reductions in costs as a result of our restructuring initiatives and labor modifications; our ability to maintain quality control over our vehicles and avoid material vehicle recalls and the cost and effect on our reputation of product recalls; our ability to maintain adequate financing sources, including as required to fund our planned significant investment in new technology; the ability of our suppliers to timely deliver parts, components and systems; our ability to realize successful vehicle applications of new technology; overall strength and stability of our markets, particularly outside of North America and China; costs and risks associated with litigation and government investigations including those related to our recent recalls; our ability to remain competitive and our ability to continue to attract new customers, particularly for our new products. General Motors Co. ("GM")'s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Qprovides information about these and other factors, which we may revise or supplement in future reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC").
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