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AIG Pays U.S. Treasury $2.15 Billion from Sale of Taiwan Life Insurance Unit

Source: WSJ - Erik Holm

Posted on 19 Aug 2011

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The Department of the Treasury said Thursday that American International Group Inc. (AIG) paid $2.15 billion it received from selling a Taiwan life insurance unit to the U.S. Treasury as part of its effort to repay its bailout.

The proceeds come from the sale of Nan Shan Life Insurance Co., a unit AIG had struggled to sell for months. AIG said in a statement Thursday it had closed the sale of the unit to a previously disclosed buyer, Ruen Chen.

Regulators in Taiwan had blocked a prior deal when they ruled an earlier buyer lacked financial strength and commitment to Nan Shan. But the regulator last month signed off on Ruen Chen, a cement-to-footwear consortium that AIG had picked when the first buyer was rejected.

The funds repaid another chunk of the AIG bailout, reducing the amount Treasury is trying to recoup from AIG asset sales to roughly $9.3 billion. AIG has earmarked other assets that can be sold partially or completely to pay down that remaining amount, including its stakes in pan-Asian life insurer AIA Group Ltd. and aircraft-leasing firm International Lease Finance Corp.

"This is another important milestone in AIG's remarkable turnaround," said Tim Massad, Treasury's assistant secretary for financial stability, in a statement. "We continue to make progress in recovering the taxpayers' investments in AIG."

Treasury also holds 77% of AIG's common stock and is separately seeking to recover $41.7 billion from selling its majority stake in the company over time.

Overall, Treasury said it has received $313 billion in repayments and other income from its TARP investments, about 76% of the $412 billion disbursed under the program to date.