AIG, Now 77% Government Owned Needs 6 Billion More


The U.S. Treasury now owns 77 percent of AIG following a massive $182 billion bail-out in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis.
The Intel Hub
March 5, 2012

American International Group (AIG) is currently 77% owned by the American Government and is in a race to sell off $6 billion of the company to help repay pay the bailout it took in the economic downturn of the bailout era.

A Chicago Tribune excerpt reads;

American International Group (AIG) is selling part of its stake in AIA Group to raise about $6 billion to help the U.S. insurer repay a huge federal government bail-out.

AIG is looking to place some 1.7 billion AIA shares in a range of HK$27.15-27.50 per share — a discount of up to 7 percent to Friday’s AIA closing price, according to a term sheet seen by Reuters on Monday.

The shares will go to institutional investors, and AIG expects to use the net proceeds to reduce the balance due to the U.S. Treasury Department‘s preferred equity interest in a special-purpose vehicle (SPV) in which AIG holds the AIA shares.

The U.S. Treasury owns 77 percent of AIG following a massive $182 billion bail-out in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis. AIG holds around a one-third stake in AIA which, at Friday’s close, was worth $14.9 billion.

As of end-December, AIG owed the Treasury $8.4 billion to redeem interests in the AIA SPV.

Institutions may be drawn to the offering by AIA’s strong performance since it listed in a $20.5 billion Hong Kong IPO in 2010 – Asia‘s third-largest public listing — but a big run up in its stock price may have some feeling the offer is expensive.

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