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Editor: Eric C. Chaffee
Univ. of Toledo College of Law

Monday, November 1, 2010

Treasury Provides Update on AIG Restructuring, U.S. to Own 92% of AIG

The U.S. Department of the Treasury provided an update on the previously announced restructuring of the United States Government's (USG) loans to and investments in American International Group, Inc. (AIG), following the completion of an initial public offering for AIA Group Limited (AIA) and the sale of American Life Insurance Company (ALICO) to MetLife, Inc.:

The AIA IPO raised $20.5 billion of cash proceeds. The ALICO sale raised approximately $16.2 billion of total proceeds, approximately $7.2 billion of which is cash. This approximately $36.7 billion in aggregate proceeds will be used to repay the loan extended to AIG by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) and a substantial amount of the FRBNY's preferred interests in certain AIG subsidiaries.

As part of the restructuring, AIG will draw up to $22 billion in remaining Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds from Treasury to purchase the FRBNY's preferred interests in the special purpose vehicles holding AIA and ALICO, and Treasury will receive those interests.  The assets held by these special purpose vehicles, which include, among others, AIG's remaining shares in AIA and the non-cash proceeds received from MetLife for ALICO, significantly exceed the amount of the preferred interests and, as such, no losses are expected on those preferred interests.

After the restructuring, Treasury will own 92.1 percent of AIG, which equates to approximately 1.66 billion shares of common stock in the company. Based on the market closing price of AIG on October 29, 2010, these shares are worth approximately $69.5 billion.  This amount significantly exceeds Treasury's current $47.5 billion cash investment in AIG.   (This is in addition to the Treasury investment in the preferred interests described above.)  AIG has announced that it expects to complete the restructuring by the end of the first quarter of 2011.

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