Next government will decide on AIB shares

New government to decide if shares will be offered to individuals as part of IPO next year

The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said last week that he was leaning towards an autumn IPO of AIB, with 25 per cent of the State’s holding likely to be offered for sale, with the bank having its main listing in London. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said last week that he was leaning towards an autumn IPO of AIB, with 25 per cent of the State’s holding likely to be offered for sale, with the bank having its main listing in London. Photograph: Eric Luke

 

A decision on whether shares in AIB will be offered to individuals as part of a stock market flotation next year won’t be made until a new government is in place, sources have indicated to The Irish Times.

This follows comments on Tuesday by AIB’s chief financial officer Mark Bourke suggesting that there could be a retail offering as part of its planned IPO next year.

“It is really important that afterward, if it does well, that people can say ‘I did have access”’ to buy shares, Mr Bourke told Bloomberg. He said the shares to retail investors would probably be sold through brokers.

The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said last week that he was leaning towards an autumn IPO of AIB, with 25 per cent of the State’s holding likely to be offered for sale, with the bank having its main listing in London.

It is understood that any retail offering would be open to all as opposed to being just offered to existing small shareholders, most of whom had their investments wiped out following the State’s €20.8 billion bailout of AIB after the 2008 crash. Taxpayers currently own 99.8 per cent of the bank, which has retained a listing on the junior ESM market in Dublin.

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Very few PTSB shareholders took up the offer while a quarter of the bank was sold to institutional investors.

Mr Bourke also said AIB has no plans to renegotiate its €500,000 executive pay cap with the Government, in spite of its stock market plans for next year.