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Super PAC Men: How political consultants took a Fort Worth oilman on a wild ride

The head of a Texas oil dynasty joined the parade of wealthy political donors, aiming to flip the Senate to Republicans. By the time consultants were done with him, the war chest was drained and fraud allegations were flying

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Bridge collapse on I-35 north of Austin

SALADO, Texas (AP) — Emergency crews are responding to a reported bridge collapse along an interstate in Central Texas.

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Latin-inspired restaurant set to open in downtown Fort Worth

Downtown Fort Worth’s dining scene is about to get spicier with the opening of a new restaurant featuring Latin-inspired coastal cuisine.

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Amazon begins Prime Now program in Dallas area

If you just have to have it now, as in one hour, you can, at least in the Dallas area, as Amazon.com Inc. announced Thursday it will offer Prime Now.

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Texas jobless rate falls as employers add workers

Texas unemployment fell to 4.3 percent during February for the sixth straight month of declines, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.

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Fort Worth's General Motors Financial reports 2Q results

Fort Worth-based General Motors Financial Co. Inc., the captive finance company for and a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Motors Co., reported earnings July 24 of $175 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, compared with $178 million for the year-ago quarter.
Earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2014, however, increased, from $284 million a year ago to $320 million. Earnings include $16 million and $22 million in pre-tax acquisition and integration expenses for the quarter and six month periods ended June 30, 2013, respectively.
Consumer loan originations were up slightly at June 30, to $3.6 billion from $3.4 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, and $2.5 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. Consumer loan originations for the six months as of June 30 were $7 billion, compared with $3.8 billion for the six months ended June 30, 2013. The outstanding balance of consumer finance receivables totaled $25.1 billion at June 30, 2014.


Operating lease originations of General Motors Co. vehicles jumped to $1.5 billion for the quarter ended June 30, compared with $773 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, and $834 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. Operating lease originations for the six months ended June 30, 2014, were $2.3 billion, compared with $1.5 billion for the six months ended June 30, 2013. Leased vehicles, net, totaled $4.7 billion at June 30, 2014.
The outstanding balance of commercial finance receivables remained the same at June 30, a total of $7.1 billion, as on March 31, compared with $6.7 billion at Dec. 31, 2013.
The company had total available liquidity of $4.8 billion at June 30, consisting of $1.4 billion of unrestricted cash, $1.8 billion of borrowing capacity on unpledged eligible assets, $990 million of borrowing capacity on unsecured lines of credit and $600 million of borrowing capacity on a line of credit from GM.
GM Financial acquired Ally Financial’s auto finance and financial services operations in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece, Spain, Chile, Colombia and Mexico on April 1, 2013, and acquired Ally Financial’s auto finance and financial services operations in France and Portugal on June 1, 2013. The company also acquired Ally Financial’s auto finance and financial services operations in Brazil on October 1, 2013. The results of operations of the acquired entities are included since their respective acquisition dates.

Betty Dillard
bdillard@bizpress.net


 

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