DETROIT, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Recently floundering U.S. automaker General Motors said Thursday its first full year post-bankruptcy was a profitable one, with earnings of $4.7 billion.
The company that accepted billions of dollars in government assistance to get through the recession and barely survived the slump that preceded it said it took in $135.6 billion in revenue for the calendar year 2010.
"Last year was one of foundation building. Particularly pleasing was that we demonstrated GM's ability to achieve sustainable profitability near the bottom of the U.S. industry cycle, with four consecutive profitable quarters," Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dan Akerson said in a statement.
GM announced it would pay hourly workers a bonus of $4,300 with General Motors Component Holdings employees allotted $3,200 in bonus pay.
For the year, GM said it earned $2.89 per share. In the fourth quarter, the company earned $510 million or 31 cents a share.