Sunday, March 01, 2009

AIG: Earnings at 6 AM ET, Webcast at 8:30 AM

by Bill McBride on 3/01/2009 10:25:00 PM

From AIG:

American International Group, Inc. (AIG) will report its fourth quarter and full year 2008 results on Monday, March 2, 2009 at approximately 6:00 a.m. EST. AIG’s earnings release and financial supplement will be available in the Investor Information section of www.aigcorporate.com following the filing of AIG’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008.

AIG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Edward M. Liddy will host a conference call, broadcast live over the Internet, on Monday, March 2, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. EST to discuss AIG’s fourth quarter results.

The audio webcast of the conference call can be accessed at www.aigwebcast.com.
From the WSJ: U.S. Revamps Bailout of AIG
The new deal, the government's fourth for AIG, represents a nearly complete reversal from the one first laid out in mid-September. Back then, federal officials acted as a demanding lender, forcing the insurer to pay a steep interest rate for what was expected to be a short-term loan. Now the government is relaxing loan terms by wiping out interest in hopes of preserving AIG's value over a longer period.

With the latest move, AIG will have the benefit of up to $70 billion from the TARP program; it got a $40 billion TARP investment in November. The total amounts to 10% of the $700 billion financial-sector rescue fund, money that most lawmakers did not expect would go toward propping up a troubled insurer. Officials believed they had little choice but to use the TARP money, particularly because they lack the authority to unwind a troubled firm such as AIG the way the government can do now with failing banks.
AIG: a black hole.

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