DETROIT -- General Motors Co. said today it expects to post third quarter profits of $1.9 billion to $2.1 billion on revenues of about $34 billion.
The automaker said third-quarter earnings before interest and taxes would be $2.2 billion to $2.4 billion.
GM also launched its initial public stock offering today. The stock offering will consist of 365 million shares of common stock to be sold by certain stockholders. The company will also issue 60 million shares of its Series B preferred stock with a liquidation amount of $50 per share.
The estimated price range for the offering of common stock is $26 to $29 per share, GM said.
The IPO will allow the U.S. Treasury to reduce its nearly 61 percent stake in the automaker to 43.3 percent, excluding an over-allotment option, sources told Reuters.
The governments of Canada and Ontario are expected to sell down their stake to 9.6 percent from 11.7 percent and the UAW retiree health care, or VEBA, trust is expected to sell down its stake to 15 percent from 17.5 percent, Reuters also reported.
GM launched its IPO road show today and is expected to price its IPO on Nov. 17. Shares are scheduled to begin trading on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges, Reuters said.
GM is scheduled to release third-quarter financial results on Wednesday, Nov. 10.
The company said today it expects to generate profits before taxes during the fourth quarter, but at a significantly lower rate than the first three quarters.
GM said fourth-quarter profitability would be adversely affected by different production mix and new vehicle launch costs, notably for the Chevrolet Cruze and Volt, as well as higher engineering expenses for future products.
“We are extremely pleased with the level of progress the company is making,” GM CFO Chris Liddell said in statement. “We will deliver a solid and profitable first year post-bankruptcy, and we are continuing to improve our balance sheet and most importantly, the quality of our vehicles.”