Daimler mulls GM stake to pay for Chrysler unit: report

Bizarre is one word to describe this
Daimler mulls GM stake to pay for Chrysler unit: report http://money.cnn.com/2007/02/25/news/companies/diamlergm.reut/index.htm?postversion 07022520
LONDON (Reuters) -- DaimlerChrysler AG is thinking about taking a minority stake in General Motors Corp. as payment for Chrysler if a deal between the automakers takes place, the Financial Times said on Monday.
Such an all-share option was being weighed up by the firm, the newspaper said, citing people familiar with the situation.
Chrysler offers details to job-cut plan Other possible options included a sale of DaimlerChrysler's struggling U.S. arm to private equity or industry investors, and a flotation of Chrysler, according to the FT.
"They are interested in who takes Chrysler over and they would be happy to take equity in GM in return," the FT quoted an unnamed leading shareholder as saying. The shareholder was citing talks with DaimlerChrysler's (Charts) senior managers, it said.
Chrysler: No immediate decision on sale seen Chrysler Group Chief Executive Tom LaSorda told employees last week it might take months before questions about a possible sale of the unit could be answered.
Sources familiar with the situation told Reuters earlier this month that GM (Charts) had conducted preliminary talks with Chrysler aimed at an acquisition or a strategic alliance.
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