General Motors (GM) Suspends Its Dividend ... Again

GM stock's high yield suddenly vanishes as the automaker suspends payout, share repurchases amid coronavirus crunch

Markham, Ontario, Canada - June 14, 2019: GM Canada Technical Centre campus in Markham, Ontario, Canada. General Motors Company is an American multinational corporation.
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The coronavirus outbreak has taken its toll on yet another publicly traded company's cash distribution. General Motors (GM, $21.95) announced early April 27 that it was suspending its dividend – the company's second such move in 12 years.

GM stock, which also was forced to suspend its dividend during the Great Recession, put the pause on its 38-cent-per-share quarterly payout as one of several steps meant to fortify the company's balance sheet. General Motors also extended $3.6 billion of its three-year revolving credit agreement to April 2022, which comes roughly a week after it renewed a $1.95 billion 364-day revolving facility for use by its GM Capital arm.

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Kyle Woodley

Kyle Woodley is the Editor-in-Chief of WealthUp, a site dedicated to improving the personal finances and financial literacy of people of all ages. He also writes the weekly The Weekend Tea newsletter, which covers both news and analysis about spending, saving, investing, the economy and more.

Kyle was previously the Senior Investing Editor for, and the Managing Editor for before that. His work has appeared in several outlets, including Yahoo! Finance, MSN Money, Barchart, The Globe & Mail and the Nasdaq. He also has appeared as a guest on Fox Business Network and Money Radio, among other shows and podcasts, and he has been quoted in several outlets, including MarketWatch, Vice and Univision. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a BA in journalism. 

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