SOURCE: Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

February 24, 2011 13:41 ET

AIB - Transfer of Business From Anglo Irish Bank

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwire - February 24, 2011) -


The Board of Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. ("AIB") (NYSE: AIB)announces the immediate transfer of certain deposits and senior NAMA bonds from Anglo Irish Bank to AIB. The Board also announces the transfer of Anglo Irish Bank Corporation (International) PLC in the Isle of Man ("IOM") to AIB by way of a share sale.

The Board has agreed this transaction with the NTMA, which facilitates the transfer order made today by the High Court. The transfer order is the subject of a separate announcement made earlier today by the Department of Finance.

The transfer represents a significant and positive step to improve AIB's liquidity and to reduce its loan to deposit ratio.

The key elements of the transfer are:

* Receipt of c. EUR7.1 bn deposits in Ireland and the UK

* Purchase of Senior NAMA Bonds with a nominal value of EUR12.2 bn (at 98.5%, for EUR12 bn)

* Purchase of 100% of IOM for EUR0.2 bn (this company has customer deposits of c. EUR1.5bn)

* Cash payment by AIB of EUR3.5 bn

The geographic profile of the total deposits transferring to AIB is as follows:

                      EURbn

 Ireland            c. 5.2

 UK                 c. 1.9

 IOM                c. 1.5

 Total              c. 8.6

We welcome the c. 120,000 customers and c. 210 staff transferring to AIB and are working to ensure that any disruption for both will be minimal.

Deposits have been transferred in a seamless manner to AIB with no immediate operational impact on customers. Depositors continue to have full access to their funds in the same way as heretofore.

The position of depositors remains secure and AIB will maintain the original Anglo Irish Bank deposit terms and conditions. Transferred deposits also continue to receive protection under the various guarantee schemes that are already in place. Irish deposits are covered under the Deposit Guarantee Scheme in respect of amounts up to EUR100,000 per depositor, per institution and the Eligible Liabilities Scheme ("ELG") in respect of amounts over EUR100,000. UK deposits will retain the protection of the ELG and will be covered under the terms of the UK Financial Services Compensation Scheme. This provides eligible customers a guarantee of up to a maximum of £85,000 of their total deposits held in AIB (UK) plc. IOM deposits will also retain the protection of the ELG and the IOM company will continue to be a participant in the Isle of Man Depositors' Compensation Scheme as set out in the Depositors' Compensation Regulations 2010.

In addition to the immediate positive benefits arising, this transfer represents a significant business development opportunity for AIB. We will take a positive approach to retaining and developing the customer businesses we are acquiring. The transfer introduces new deposit distribution capability to AIB including broker, post and telephone channels.

In the coming days we will write to customers who have transferred to AIB. In the meantime, we have included at the end of this announcement, a document which answers what we anticipate will be frequently asked customer questions. This document also includes the telephone numbers of helplines which are available to customers should they have any further queries.

                          Customer Questions & Answers


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|No   |Question             |Answer
+-----+---------------------+----------------------------------------------
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|1.   |What has happened?   |AIB has agreed with the National Treasury
|     |                  Management Agency (NTMA) in Ireland that deposits,
|     |                    NAMA bonds and the ownership of the Anglo Irish
|     |                    Bank Corporation (International) PLC in the Isle
|     |                  of Man will transfer to AIB with immediate effect.
|     |                     |                                                  
|     |                  This agreement facilitates the transfer order made
|     |                     |today by the High Court in Ireland.
|   |                     |
|   |                     |The amount of deposits transferring to AIB is
|   |                     |c.EUR8.5bn and the amount of NAMA bonds have a
|   |                     |nominal value of c.EUR12.2bn.
|   |                     |
|   |                     |New customers join AIB following the order being
|   |                     |granted by the High Court on Thursday 24(th)
|   |                     |February 2011.
|   |                     |
|   |                     |
+---+---------------------+------------------------------------------------
|2. |Why is it happening?
                         This transfer is happening following a decision by
|   |                     |the NTMA upon completion of a selection process.
|   |                     |
|   |                     Please refer to the Irish Department of Finance's
|   |                     website - www.finance.gov.ie - for the Minister's
|   |                     |statement in relation to the transfer.
|   |                     |
|   |                     |
+---+---------------------+------------------------------------------------
|3. |Are my deposits safe?|The position of depositors remains fully secure
|   |                     |and AIB will maintain the original Anglo Irish
|   |                     |Bank deposit terms and conditions.
|   |                     |
|   |                     |Transferred deposits also continue to receive
|   |                     |protection under the various guarantee schemes
|   |                     |that are already in place. Irish deposits are
|   |                     |covered under the Deposit Guarantee Scheme in
|   |                    respect of amounts up to EUR100,000 per depositor,
                         per institution, and the Eligible Liabilities
|   |                     |Scheme ("ELG") in respect of amounts over
|   |                     |EUR100,000.
|   |                     |
|   |                     UK Deposits will retain the protection of the ELG
|   |                     and will now be covered under the terms of the UK
|   |                     |Financial Services Compensation Scheme. This
|   |                   |provides eligible customers a guarantee of up to a
|   |               maximum of £85,000 of their total deposits held in
|   |                     |AIB Group (UK) plc.
|   |                     |
|   |                   |Isle of Man deposits will retain the protection of
|   |                   |the ELG and the Isle of Man company will continue
|   |                   |to be a participant in the Isle of Man Depositors'
|   |                   |Compensation Scheme as set out in the Depositors'
|   |                   |Compensation Regulations 2010.
|   |                     |
|   |                     |For further information on the ELG please check
|   |                     |the ELG Scheme and accompanying rules which are
|   |                     |available on the website of the Department of
|   |                     |Finance (www.finance.gov.ie).
|   |                     |
|   |                     |Details of liabilities guaranteed under the ELG
|   |                     |Scheme and other materials are also available on
|   |                     |www.ntma.ie. Consumers may also find information
|   |                     |regarding the guarantee on deposits on the    |
|                        |www.itsyourmoney.ie website which is run by the|
|   |                     |National Consumer Agency in Ireland.  Further |
|   |                     |information in relation to the UK Financial   |
|   |                     |Services Compensation Scheme is available on  |
|   |                     |www.fscs.org.uk                               |
|   |                     |                                              |
|   |                     |.                                             |
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|4. |Who will be impacted?|Today's announcement affects Anglo Irish Bank |
|   |                     |deposit account customers. Anglo Irish Bank is|
|   |                     |writing directly to all deposit customers to  |
|   |                     |confirm any impact on them as a result of the |
|   |                     |transfer order.                               |
|   |                     |                                              |
|                           |
+---+---------------------+----------------------------------------------+
+---+--------------------------+-----------------------------------------+
|5. |How does the transfer     |There is no immediate effect on you.     |
|   |affect me?                |                                         |
|   |                          |You may continue to make transactions on |
|   |                          |your account in the same way as before.  |
|   |                          |Furthermore, the Anglo staff associated  |
|   |                          |with your deposit business have          |
|   |                          |transferred to AIB and can be contacted  |
|   |                          |in the same way as before.               |
|   |                          |                                         |
|   |                          |                                         |
+---+--------------------------+-----------------------------------------+
|6. |I understand some deposit |Anglo Irish Bank sought and was granted  |
|   |accounts have not         |approval from the Minister for Finance,  |
|   |transferred, why is this  |under the powers granted to him by the   |
|   |so?                       |Credit Institutions (Stabilisation) Act  |
|   |                          |2010, on 24(th) February 2011, to retain |
|   |                          |certain deposit accounts. For these      |
|   |                          |deposits, you can continue to operate as |
|   |                          |normal with the Anglo.                   |
|   |                          |                                         |
|   |                          |                                         |
+---+--------------------------+-----------------------------------------+
|7. |How will I know if my     |Over the coming days, Anglo Irish Bank   |
|   |account has moved?        |will advise you in writing if your       |
|   |                          |account is affected by the transfer      |
|   |                          |order.                                   |
|   |                          |                                         |
|   |                          |Anglo Irish Bank and AIB Bank will       |
|   |                          |endeavour to minimise any inconvenience  |
|   |                          |to you during the transfer process.      |
|   |                          |                                         |
|   |                          |                                         |
+---+--------------------------+-----------------------------------------+
|   |If my account has moved   |There is no change on your account.      |
|8. |what will change?         |                                         |
|   |                          |All of your account details, and terms   |
|   |                          |and conditions, will remain the same and |
|   |                          |you can continue to operate your deposit |
|   |                          |account(s) as normal.  In the UK, most   |
|   |                          |deposits will now be covered by the      |
|   |                          |Financial Services Compensation Scheme.  |
|   |                          |                                         |
|   |                          |Anglo Irish Bank will provide services to|
|   |                          |AIB Bank to facilitate this until the    |
|   |                          |operational aspects of the transfer      |
|   |                          |process have been completed.             |
|   |                          |                                         |
|   |                          |                                         |
+---+--------------------------+-----------------------------------------+
|9. |Will my interest rate be  |No. All existing terms and conditions    |
|   |affected?                 |will continue to apply.                  |
|   |                          |                                         |
|   |                          |If you hold a fixed term account your    |
|   |                          |current interest rate will continue to   |
|   |                          |apply. If your fixed rate is maturing    |
|   |                          |your deposit account(s) will continue to |
|   |                          |operate as normal. Should you hold a     |
|   |                          |variable rate account your current       |
|   |                          |interest rate will also continue to      |
|   |                          |apply.                                   |
|   |                          |                                         |
|   |                          |                                         |
+---+--------------------------+-----------------------------------------+
|10.|How can I access my       |You can continue to operate your account |
|   |account?                  |as you normally would.                   |
|   |                          |                                         |
|   |                          |Anglo Irish Bank will continue to provide|
|   |                          |services to AIB in this regard until the |
|   |                          |operational aspects of the transfer      |
|   |                          |process have been completed, you can:    |
|   |                          |                                         |
|   |                          |o        Post us your instructions or    |
|   |                          |                                         |
|   |                          |o      Access your account online -      |
|   |                          |AngloConnectonline                       |
|   |                          |                                         |
|   |                          |o      Telephone (Ireland) 1850 44 22 22 |
|   |                          |or if calling from outside Republic of   |
|   |                          |Ireland telephone + 353 1 6162494.       |
|   |                          |Telephone lines are open 8am - 8pm GMT   |
|   |                          |Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays|
|   |                          |in Ireland. Telephone calls are recorded.|
|   |                          |                                         |
|   |                          |o        Telephone (UK): 0845 455 2222   |
|   |                          |                                         |
|   |                          |o        Email -                         |
|   |                          |enquiries@angloirishbank.ie              |
|   |                          |                                         |
|   |                          |                                         |
+---+--------------------------+-----------------------------------------+
|11.|Will my relationship now  |No. Former Anglo customers should        |
|   |be managed by different   |continue to operate as normal, contacting|
|   |people/from a different   |the same relationship managers using the |
|   |location?                 |normal contact details. The Anglo staff  |
|   |                          |associated with your deposit business    |
|   |                          |have transferred to AIB.                 |
|   |                          |                                         |
|   |                          |                                         |
+---+--------------------------+-----------------------------------------+
|12.|As a former Anglo         |No.  Former Anglo customers will continue|
|   |customer, can I now manage|to operate their accounts as normal.     |
|   |my Anglo deposit account  |Former Anglo products will not be        |
|   |through an AIB Branch     |available through AIB branches or        |
|   |                          |channels for sales or service purposes.  |
+---+--------------------------+-----------------------------------------+
|13.|As a former Anglo         |You can continue to transact on your     |
|   |customer, what do I do if |account(s) as normal, including adding to|
|   |I want to invest          |your deposit balances.  You can contact  |
|   |additional funds in my    |us using the contact details below.      |
|   |existing accounts?        |                                         |
+---+--------------------------+-----------------------------------------+
|14.|Who is AIB Group (UK)     |AIB Group (UK) p.l.c. is a wholly owned  |
|   |p.l.c.?                   |subsidiary of Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. |
|   |                          |(AIB) and is incorporated in the UK. It  |
|   |                          |trades in Britain as Allied Irish Bank   |
|   |                          |(GB) and in Northern Ireland as First    |
|   |                          |Trust Bank, and is authorised and        |
|   |                          |regulated by the Financial Services      |
|   |                          |Authority.                               |
|   |                          |                                         |
|   |                          |Allied Irish Bank (GB) operates through a|
|   |                          |network of 31 branches in England,       |
|   |                          |Scotland and Wales.  First Trust Bank    |
|   |                          |operates through 48 branches in Northern |
|   |                          |Ireland.                                 |
|   |                          |                                         |
|   |                          |                                         |
+---+--------------------------+-----------------------------------------+
|15.|Will Anglo customers be   |No. Anglo Irish Bank will operate your   |
|   |able to access their      |deposit(s) on behalf of AIB Group (UK)   |
|   |accounts through an Allied|p.l.c. until the operational aspects of  |
|   |Irish Bank (GB)/First     |the transfer process have been completed.|
|   |Trust Bank branch?        |AIB Group (UK) p.l.c will communicate    |
|   |                          |with former Anglo customers once this    |
|   |                          |process has been completed.              |
+---+--------------------------+-----------------------------------------+
|16.|Does this mean that AIB   |No. This relates only to the deposit     |
|   |will be taking over the   |business of Anglo Irish Bank and its     |
|   |loan book of Anglo?       |company in the Isle of Man.              |
|   |                          |                                         |
|   |                          |                                         |

Customer help line details for further information

Anglo Irish Bank Deposit Account Customers in Ireland 1850 442222

Lines open Monday to Friday 8.00am to 8.00pm

Saturday 26(th) February open from 9.00am to 5.00pm

Sunday 27(th) February open from 10.00am to 4.00pm


AIB Customers in Ireland 0818 300182

Lines open Thursday, 24(th) February 5.00am-9.00pm

Friday 25(th) February open from 9.00am to 9.00pm

Saturday, 26(th) February open from 9.00am to 5.00pm

Sunday 27th February open from 10.00am to 4.00pm


Anglo Irish Bank/AIB Deposit Account Customers in the UK 0845 4552222

Lines open 8.00am to 8.00pm Monday to Friday


Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland AIB Group (UK) p.l.c. is regulated by the Financial Services Authority 'Anglo' or 'Anglo Irish Bank' refers to Anglo Irish Bank Corporation Limited 'AIB' or 'AIB Bank' refers to Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. (Irish customers) and to AIB Group (UK) p.l.c. for UK customers.


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Contact Information


  • For further information, please contact:

    Alan Kelly
    General Manager, Corporate Services
    AIB Group
    Dublin
    Tel: +353-1-6412162
    email: Email Contact

    Catherine Burke
    Head of Corporate Relations and
    Communications
    AIB Group
    Dublin
    Tel: +353-1-6413894
    email: Email Contact