Updated: March 27, 2012 2:31 PM | By The Associated Press, thecanadianpress.com

PSA Peugeot Citroen raises $1.3B for GM deal



PSA Peugeot Citroen raises $1.3B for GM deal

French car maker Peugeot's logo is seen on its headquarters in Paris, Feb. 9, 2011 in Paris. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jacques Brinon

PARIS - French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen says it has closed a deal to raise roughly $1.3 billion by issuing new shares to fund its tie-up with U.S. giant General Motors.

The announcement Tuesday advances a partnership meant to help the companies ease their struggles in Europe's fiercely competitive and oversupplied car market.

The automakers are sharing vehicle platforms and pooling the purchasing of components and services to save money.

The partnership is expected to save them $2 billion a year within five years. The benefits are expected to be split roughly equally.

GM is becoming Peugeot's second-biggest shareholder with a 7 per cent stake in the European automaker. The biggest shareholder is the Peugeot family.

Shares of GM fell 22 cents, or nearly 1 per cent, to $25.36 in afternoon trading.

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