Thursday, February 26, 2009

Report: AIG Discussing "Radical Restructuring"

by Bill McBride on 2/26/2009 01:09:00 AM

From the Financial Times: AIG considers break-up in bid to stay afloat

AIG and the US authorities are in advanced discussions over a radical restructuring that would split the stricken insurer into at least three government-controlled divisions in an attempt to keep it afloat...

Under the plan, the government would swap its current 80 per cent holding in the insurer for large stakes in three units – AIG’s Asian operations, its international life insurance business and the US personal lines business. A fourth unit, comprised of AIG’s other businesses and troubled assets, could also be formed.

In return, the authorities would relax the terms, or even cancel a large portion, of a $60bn five-year loan to AIG and convert $40bn-worth of preferred stock into shares...

AIG was on track to announce the overhaul on Monday, when it is expected to report a $60bn loss with its fourth-quarter results. The board is due to meet on Sunday.
Citi and AIG are keeping us waiting.