GMAC Financial Services — which is trying to become a bank holding company and tap the Treasury's TARP program — has extended the deadline for its $38 billion note exchange program until Dec. 26.

The "early" delivery portion of the note exchange was extended to Dec. 16 at 11:59 p.m. from this past Friday. GMAC, the parent of Residential Capital Corp., the nation's sixth largest servicer, is offering investors $0.55 to $0.85 on the dollar in cash or in the form of new bonds and/or preferred shares.

It needs a 75% participation rate from note holders to reach its goal of amassing $30 billion in regulatory capital to form a bank holding company. Late last week, its participation rate was about 25%. ResCap controls roughly $400 billion in mortgage servicing rights. If GMAC does not become a BHC (and tap TARP funds) it may be forced into bankruptcy protection.

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