This sale concludes the last major Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) investment and ends the government's auto industry recovery program.
The Treasury said the shares were sold at $23.25 per share, which recovered $1.3 billion to taxpayers. The government sold the majority of its stake in Ally when the company went public last April. In total, taxpayers gained $19.6 billion from the Ally investment, $2.4 billion more than the initial $17.2 billion investment made in 2009 during the financial crisis when the lender faced mounting losses from subprime mortgages.
The total recovery from TARP investments, including the proceeds from Ally shares, amounts to $441.7 billion, a gain from the original $426.4 billion disbursed.
"The Auto Industry Financing Program helped save the auto industry, more than one million jobs, and prevent a second Great Depression," said Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew. "Thanks to President Obama's leadership, our economy has rebounded from the depths of the financial crisis and is now creating jobs at the fastest pace since the 1990s. There is more work to do, but as we exit the last major financial investment, it's important to take stock of the progress we have made, and the critical role TARP and the Auto Industry Financing Program played in getting us to this point."