Update on Capital Assessment Review

On 31 March 2010 the Bank announced that it would expect to be in a position to make a further announcement in relation to its capital plans when clarity regarding the outcome of discussions with the EU regarding the Bank’s Restructuring Plan had been reached.

On 16 April 2010 the Bank announced details of its progress in negotiations with the European Commission (“EC”) in relation to its Restructuring Plan. The Bank confirms that it has commenced discussions with a number of potential institutional investors with a view to assessing interest in a capital raise. Any such transaction may be effected through a combination of a rights issue, a firm placing to institutional investors, a conversion of part of the State’s 2009 Preference Stock into ordinary equity on market terms and selective liability management. Based on the current envisaged structure, the Bank expects that the State would continue to be a minority shareholder in the Bank. A further announcement will be made in due course.


John O’Donovan
Group Chief Financial Officer
Tel: +353 (0) 766 23 4703

Andrew Keating
Director of Group Finance
Tel: + 353 1 604 3509

Geraldine Deighan
Head of Group Investor Relations
Tel: + 353 (0) 766 23 4729

Dan Loughrey
Head of Group Communications
Tel: + 353 (0) 766 23 4770

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