Car Dealership Financing Guarantee Appropriation Bill 2009


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Bills Digest no. 137 2008–09

Car Dealership Financing Guarantee Appropriation Bill 2009

WARNING:
This Digest was prepared for debate. It reflects the legislation as introduced and does not canvass subsequent amendments. This Digest does not have any official legal status. Other sources should be consulted to determine the subsequent official status of the Bill.

CONTENTS

Passage history
Purpose
Background
Financial implications
Main provisions
Concluding comments
Contact officer & copyright details


Passage history

Date introduced: 14 May 2009

House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Treasury

Commencement: The day of Royal Assent

Links: The relevant links to the Bill, Explanatory Memorandum and second reading speech can be accessed via BillsNet, which is at http://www.aph.gov.au/bills/. When Bills have been passed they can be found at ComLaw, which is at http://www.comlaw.gov.au/.

Purpose

The Bill provides for a standing appropriation to enable claims to be paid under the Deed of Guarantee in respect of the Australian Government Guarantee to support interim funding to car dealerships, executed on behalf of the Commonwealth on 23 December 2008.

Background

On 5 December 2008, the Treasurer announced the establishment of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), with the support of leading Australian banks, to provide liquidity to eligible car dealers who were left without financing as a result of the departure of two large automotive finance leasing companies from the Australian market following the onset of the global financial crisis.[1]

The two companies are GE Money Motor Solutions, a subsidiary of GE Money, a division of GE Capital, one of four main businesses of General Electric (GE) and GMAC Australia LLC, GMAC s automotive and motorcycle finance business in Australia GMAC is the automotive finance business of General Motors Corp. It is estimated that one quarter of new car dealerships obtained wholesale floorplan finance though GE Money Motor Solutions and GMAC Australia LLC.[2]

The SPV, otherwise known as Ozcar , was established as a Trust on 2 January 2009. Under the agreements negotiated with the leading Australian banks the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the ANZ, the National Australia Bank and Westpac the four major banks will provide liquidity to Ozcar through the purchase of AAA rated Ozcar securities. Most of these securities will require a Commonwealth Guarantee so that they qualify as AAA in order for the four major banks to purchase the securities. Having raised funds through the sale of securities to the banks, Ozcar will make available funding for 12 months to eligible car dealerships requiring finance.

In his Second Reading Speech for the Bill, the Assistant Treasurer told the House that most of the former GE and GMAC dealerships had managed to secure alternative financing, primarily through the remaining lenders. As a result of the orderly wind down of GE and GMAC loans books and alternative sources of finance, the initial estimate of $2 billion to finance future loans was reduced to $850 million. The Assistant Treasurer stated that the final figure will be much less and the appropriation to support the Commonwealth Guarantee will apply to around $550 million of the securities issued by the Ozcar SPV.[3]

New vehicle sales

New vehicle sales figures for April 2009, released on 5 May 2009 by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, show that 63,965 passenger motor vehicles, SUVs and commercial were sold in April 2009, a fall of 23.9 per cent compared with the same month in 2008 (see Table 1: Sales Volumes).

Year-to-date, a total of 276,935 new vehicles have been sold, a fall of 20.3 per cent compared with the same period last year, suggesting annual sales of 840,000 for 2009, compared with 1,012,164 in 2008.

The fall in new car sales reflects the broader slowdown in the Australian economy and globally, with the four local motor vehicle manufacturers reducing production in response to falling demand (see Table 2: Australian Automotive Industry Monthly Production Volumes). Production levels are the lowest since the 2001 downturn and have led to temporary stand downs and a four-day week for automotive component manufacturers. Most affected by falling demand has been the sale of Toyota s Camry and Aurion which have fallen 36 per cent.[4]

The new vehicle sales for April show a 40 per cent fall in demand for large luxury cars. Sales of light and small cars fell 16 and 27.2 per cent respectively.

Table 1: Sales Volumes

 

Month

YTD

Variance +/- Vol. & %

2009

2008

2009

2008

MTH

YTD

MTH

YTD

Passenger

36,697

47,626

163,953

202,989

-10,929

-39,036

-22.9

-19.2

SUV

13,092

16,667

55,248

71,098

-3,575

-15,850

-21.4

-22.3

Light Commercial

12,040

16,690

50,053

62,263

-4,650

-12,210

-27.9

-19.6

Heavy Commercial

2,136

3,078

7,681

11,164

-942

-3,483

-30.6

-31.2

Total Market

63,965

84,061

276,935

347,514

-20,096

-70,579

-23.9

-20.3

Light

8,446

10,050

38,188

44,573

-1,604

-6,385

-16.0

-14.3

Small

13,532

18,589

65,349

79,692

-5,057

-14,343

-27.2

-18.0

Medium

5,365

7,360

22,906

29,740

-1,995

-6,834

-27.1

-23.0

Large

7,048

8,689

28,432

36,577

-1,641

-8,145

-18.9

-22.3

Upper Large

271

453

1,125

2,082

-182

-957

-40.2

-46.0

People Movers

765

1,147

3,035

4,349

-382

-1,314

-33.3

-30.2

Sports

1,270

1,338

4,918

5,976

-68

-1,058

-5.1

-17.7

SUV Compact

6,080

6,472

25,294

30,031

-392

-4,737

-6.1

-15.8

SUV Medium

4,869

6,701

20,981

28,028

-1,832

-7,047

-27.3

-25.1

SUV Large

753

1,662

3,188

5,985

-909

-2,797

-54.7

-46.7

SUV Luxury

1,390

1,832

5,785

7,054

-442

-1,269

-24.1

-18.0

Light Buses

164

372

712

1,139

-208

-427

-55.9

-37.5

Vans

1,529

2,292

6,145

8,405

-763

-2,260

-33.3

-26.9

PU/CC 4X2

4,581

6,397

18,928

24,834

-1,816

-5,906

-28.4

-23.8

PU/CC 4X4

5,698

7,550

24,039

27,468

-1,852

-3,429

-24.5

-12.5

Trucks 2.5-3.5 GVM

68

79

229

417

-11

-188

-13.9

-45.1

Heavy Commercial

2,136

3,078

7,681

11,164

-942

-3,483

-30.6

-31.2

Total Market

63,965

84,061

276,935

347,514

-20,096

-70,579

-23.9

-20.3

Source: VFACTS Sales Report for April 2009: Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.

Table 2: Australian Automotive Industry - Monthly Production Volumes

 

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

January

11,937

21,152

18,666

14,044

14,677

20,423

21,211

19,315

February

20,404

32,303

29,376

28,276

32,975

34,798

35,769

27,891

March

21,310

26,393

29,433

30,802

34,626

38,824

37,440

29,119

April

12,792

28,721

22,633

25,870

33,616

30,233

29,158

22,043

May

35,180

33,274

33,630

38,845

36,971

36,364

31,251

June

29,884

29,195

23,568

37,663

39,164

34,788

28,979

July

33,121

31,813

22,643

32,146

25,842

36,641

27,482

August

29,397

27,713

34,224

36,318

37,098

33,973

27,903

September

28,511

28,563

28,944

36,514

37,333

37,188

28,894

October

24,119

33,320

33,020

36,462

37,130

39,571

34,695

November

20,659

29,746

31,536

33,167

39,306

34,237

33,466

December

14,678

21,040

20,403

21,976

28,192

31,846

29,436

Total

66,443

324,118

334,772

326,960

388,985

405,314

408,186

340,474

Source: Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.

Financial implications

According to the Explanatory Memorandum to the Bill, the overall contingent liability for the Commonwealth is around $550 million, comprising 45 per cent of the remaining GE Money and GMAC loan books and 85 per cent of the Ford Credit loan book.

To limit the risk to taxpayer s funds, the SPV will only be available to advance funds if it is satisfied that the dealership is not subject to any insolvency event. In the event that the Deed of Guarantee is called upon, any payment made under it will reduce the underlying cash balance. The Explanatory Memorandum states that:

The extent of the impact on the underlying cash balance will depend on borrowers default and borrowers ability to meet any SPV s claims. Under the Series Notice, the Trustee indemnifies the Commonwealth (out of the assets of the Trust) against any amounts paid or required to be paid by the Commonwealth under the Guarantee.

Main provisions

Item 3 Definitions

Deed of Guarantee is defined thus:

Deed of Guarantee means the Deed of Guarantee in respect of the Australian Government Guarantee to Support Interim Funding to Car Dealerships, executed on behalf of the Commonwealth on 23 December 2008, as that Deed is in force from time to time.

Item 5 Appropriation

The Consolidated Revenue Fund is appropriated for the purposes of paying claims under the Deed of Guarantee.

Concluding comments

No securities have as yet been issued under the Ozcar SPV. However, as the guarantee covers most of the Ford car dealerships and as new loans are taken out in the new financial year, the SPV will underpin the next 12 months trading by dealerships. Looking over the previous seven months, the showroom decline has averaged 17 per cent per month, despite advertised reductions on 2008-stock models. However, with assistance from the Government s investment allowance and additional tax break for small business, new car sales are forecast to recover.[5]

Members, Senators and Parliamentary staff can obtain further information from the Parliamentary Library on (02) 6277 2465.


[1]. Wayne Swan MP (Treasurer), Car Dealer Financing: Establishment of a Special Purpose Vehicle, Media Release, 5 December 2008, viewed 21 May 2009,
http://www.treasurer.gov.au/DisplayDocs.aspx?doc=pressreleases/2008/136.htm&pageID=003&min=wms&Year=2008&DocType=0

[2] Too few lenders will drive dealers out of business , The Cairns Post, 19 November 2008.

[3] C Bowen MP (Assistant Treasurer), Second reading speech: Car Dealership Financing Guarantee Bill 2009 , House of Representatives, Debates, 14 May 2009, pp. 4 5.

[4] Vehicle sales look bleak , The Australian, 3 April 2009.

[5] Bad news for Holden as car sales plunge by 24pc , The Advertiser, 6 May 2009.

Contact officer and copyright details

Michael Priestley
22 May 2009
Bills Digest Service
Parliamentary Library

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