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

April 20, 2009 02:07 ET

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c Capital Update - 20 April 2009

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwire - April 20, 2009) -

On 12 February Allied Irish Banks p.l.c. ("AIB") [NYSE: AIB] announced an agreement with the Irish Government in relation to the proposed recapitalisation of the bank. Since then, market and public uncertainty about our capital adequacy has persisted despite the proposed addition of EUR 3.5 billion in core tier 1 capital. As previously announced, we will be seeking shareholder approval at an EGM on 13 May to accept the aforementioned capital. Furthermore following discussions with the Minister for Finance and reflecting his desire to ensure that systemically important banks would remain adequately capitalised, even in stressed scenarios, we have decided to take further action to strengthen our capital position as outlined in this announcement.

In cooperation with AIB, the Minister for Finance has been conducting due diligence and stress test scenarios. Arising from these stress tests the Minister for Finance and AIB have formed a view that to strengthen our capital position a total amount of EUR 5.0 billion new core tier 1 capital is appropriate. As a consequence, in addition to the proposed EUR 3.5 billion injection by the Government, we aim to increase core tier 1 capital by a further EUR 1.5 billion before the end of 2009. Potential sources of this capital include the disposal of assets and marketable assets will be considered as part of this process. This commitment represents a reappraisal of our previous view in relation to asset disposal. The bank acknowledges that the Minister has said that if any further capital injections are required from the State these would be in the form of equity capital.

We also wish to state our support for what we believe is a positive step taken by the Government in its recent decision to create a National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) and AIB wishes to signal its intention to participate in this initiative. NAMA is currently at an initial planning stage. AIB will work closely with the authorities to achieve its implementation.

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For further information please contact:

Alan Kelly                     Catherine Burke
General Manager, Group Finance Head of Corporate Relations
AIB Group                      AIB Group
Dublin 4                       Dublin 4
Tel: +353-1-6600311 ext. 12162 Tel: +353-1-6600311 ext. 13894

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