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Cerberus Gets the Nod From Daimler

Matt Koppenheffer
May 14, 2007

The nightmare in Stuttgart that began in 1998 for DaimlerChrysler (NYSE: DCX  ) -- or should we just say Daimler? -- may be coming to an end. The company announced today that it is selling an 80.1% stake in Chrysler to private equity firm Cerberus.

Unfortunately, with a nightmare like this, it's tough to expect the German parent to just rub its eyes, say "Gott sei Dank!" and be done with it -- especially when it's retaining nearly 20% of the company.

According to the DaimlerChrysler filings, Cerberus will pay $7.4 billion for its majority stake in Chrysler. Of that $7.4 billion, though, roughly $5 billion will go directly into the newly formed Chrysler Corporation -- the industrial arm that will actually make the cars -- and $1.1 billion will be put into Chrysler Financial Services in order to strengthen the financial position of the respective units.

DaimlerChrysler will get the remaining $1.3 billion, but once you net out a $400 million loan it's giving to the Chrysler industria