AIG to Repay $37 Billion in Bailout Funds

Bailed-out insurer American International Group (AIG) said Monday it raised nearly $37 billion from the initial public offering of its Asian life business AIA and the sale of its global life unit Alico, and will use that money to repay a government bailout.

AIG closed the sale of Alico to MetLife (MET) for $16.2 billion on Monday. The sale includes $7.2 billion in cash and $9 billion in MetLife securities. Earlier in the month, New York-based AIG also raised $20.5 billion by offering AIA Group on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

“These transactions will generate sufficient cash to allow AIG to pay off the FRBNY (Federal Reserve Bank of New York) credit facility, marking a major milestone in our commitment to repay the American taxpayers,” AIG CEO Robert Benmosche said in a statement.

The new capital is aimed at accelerating AIG’s payback of bailouts it received from the government during the financial crisis, currently totaling $182.3 billion.

Shares of AIG fell $0.11, or 0.27 percent, to $41.90 in morning trading on Monday.

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