DUBLIN, 22-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — The Board of AIB (“Board”) confirms that the payments in respect of the approved capital reorganisation have now completed. These include:
- €1.7 billion from the partial redemption of the 2009 Preference Shares and
- €166 million of accrued dividends on the 2009 Preference Shares
These payments are offset by €225 million related to the redemption and cancellation of the outstanding EBS Promissory Note by the Government.
The completion of these payments and the other capital reorganisation measures have simplified and strengthened the Group’s capitalstructure, leaving it well-positioned for a return to private ownership over time.
AIB’s Chief Executive Officer, Bernard Byrne, said “Today’s payments to the State are an extremely important milestone in the progress of AIB and demonstrate the extent to which AIB has recovered to become a sustainable, profitable bank, focused on supporting Ireland’s economic growth and delivering the professional service that our customers expect.”
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Chief Financial Officer
Rose O’Donovan / Niamh Hore
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SOURCE: ALLIED IRISH BANKS, P.L.C.