Allied Irish Banks to give $50m bonuses amid govt bailout
DUBLIN: Financially challenged Allied Irish Banks is scheduled to give $50 million (EUR 40 million) bonuses to bank officers despite the company being a possible recipient of another bailout from the Irish government.
The bonuses, amounting to $214,328 (EUR 161,000) for each of 2,400 bankers in the Dublin capital markets division, are part of a court award in 2008. The bonuses are scheduled to be given Dec. 17.
Because of the AIB situation, European banking regulators were scheduled to meet in London Thursday to come up with new rules applicable within the regional bloc on payment of bonuses amid financial crises. The rules propose to defer paying the bonuses over three years and forfeiting the payments if the banks suffer more losses. AIB is 19 percent owned by taxpayers, but the government share is expected to go up to 95 percent after the Irish central bank required AIB to raise another $6.9 billion (EUR 5.2 billion) by the end of February. The amount will likely come not from the private sector, but from the $113 billion (EUR 85 billion) bailout from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union. AIB investors, including some of the world's largest fixed-income pension and insurance funds, are scheduled to meet Friday to discuss a possible lawsuit against the Irish government if the bank will be required to reduce again the value of subordinated debts issued by AIB. Investors who held Tier 1 and Tier 2 bonds in AIB agreed in June 2009 to trade in these bonds for a new issue of lower Tier 2 debt. -PB News