General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM) today announced it will record a net
noncash charge of $39 billion for the third quarter of 2007 related to
establishing a valuation allowance against its deferred tax assets
(DTAs) in the U.S., Canada and Germany.

Not everyday you can restate your balance sheet by $39 billion.  Apparently, if you lose money long enough, then FASB rules assume that there is a good chance you may never use your tax-loss carry-forwards, so they have to be written down.


  1. Dave:

    A huge loss in shareholder equity, on the balance sheet, for sure.

  2. nicole:

    My understanding is that there is a "more likely than not" criterion here - if it is more likely than not that some or all of the deferred tax asset will not be realized, you establish a valuation allowance for the portion that is less than 50% likely of being realized. $39 billion is a lot of carryforwards that are less than 50% likely of being realized.

  3. Bearster:

    I read a few months ago that Rick Wagoner declared China was not a threat because they are a "low-wage, not a low-cost" producer.

    Aside from full-size SUVs, their 2-seat supercar, and maybe their C-class competitor, where is GM really competitive?

    And the Koreans are just coming up to speed now, with the Chinese some ways behind them...

    And the Germans have discovered Lean.