US Treasury to sell final stake in insurer AIG

City A.M. Reporter
THE US Treasury is selling its remaining stake in insurer American International Group (AIG), bringing an end to government ownership of the company four years after it was rescued from the brink of bankruptcy.

In a statement last night, the Treasury said it launched an underwritten public offering for its remaining 234.2m shares of common stock.

At last night’s closing prices the stake would be worth some $7.81bn. Treasury said that the sale would be jointly led by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan.

Treasury also said it would continue to hold warrants to buy common stock even after the share offering is complete.

In September 2008 AIG was rescued minutes before it would have been forced to file for bankruptcy protection. The bailout ultimately totalled $182bn.

At one time the government estimated it would never recover all of those funds, but as AIG restructured and returned to viability it was able to repay the entire rescue plus generate a profit for the state.