Issue of Ordinary Stock to National Pension Reserve Fund Commission

The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland (Bank of Ireland) – Issue of Ordinary Stock to National Pension Reserve Fund Commission

The EU Commission has indicated that, in line with its policy and pending its assessment of Bank of Ireland’s restructuring plan (which is required in compliance with State aid rules), the Bank should not make coupon payments on its Tier 1 and Upper Tier 2 capital instruments unless under a binding legal obligation to do so.

As a result, on 19 January 2010, the Bank announced that:

  1. It would not be paying cash distributions otherwise due on 1 and 4 February 2010 to holders of the BoI Capital Funding (No. 2) LP US%800m Fixed Rate / Variable Rate Guaranteed Non-voting Non-cumulative Perpetual Preferred Securities and the BoI Capital Funding (No. 3) LP US% 400m Fixed Rate / Variable Rate Guaranteed Non-voting Non-cumulative Perpetual Preferred Securities; and
  2. Consequently, the Bank will be precluded for one year from, and including, 1 and 4 February 2010 from declaring or paying any dividend or distribution on “Junior Share Capital” or”Parity Securities”, which includes the €3.5bn Preference Stock issued to the National Pensions Reserve Fund Commission (NPRFC) on 31 March 2009.

As a consequence of this and, in accordance with Bye Law 6(I)(4), the Directors of the Bank of Ireland announce that on 22 February 2010 it will issue and allot to the NPRFC 184,394,378 units of Ordinary Stock being the number of units equal to the aggregate cash amount of the 2010 dividend of €250.4m divided by 100% of the average price per unit of ordinary stock in the 30 trading days prior to and including today’s date. Application will be made in due course for the listing of these units of stock. This increases the units of Ordinary Stock of Bank of Ireland in issue to 1,188,611,367. As a result the NPRFC will own 15.73 per cent of the issued Ordinary Stock (excluding the NPRFC Warrant Instrument).

As advised to stockholders at the Extraordinary General Court on 12 January 2010, Bank of Ireland is actively exploring a range of options, with a view to optimising the capital position of the Bank. These options include access to the private capital markets. It is the Bank’s intention to conclude on these options after the Bank has further clarity on the outcome of its discussions with the EU regarding its restructuring plan and the impact of NAMA. As part of this overall capital plan, and in the context of wider discussions with the State, the Bank is continuing to work with the State and the EU, including positioning the State shareholding in the Bank at a level which facilitates possible access to private capital sources. The Bank acknowledges the ongoing State support.


further information please contact:

Helen Nolan
Group Secretary
Tel: + 353 1 604 3400

Geraldine Deighan
Head of Group Investor Relations
Tel: + 353 1 604 3501

Dan Loughrey
Head of Group Communications
Tel: + 353 1 604 3833