Capital Raising Update

Bank of Ireland notes the statement made by the Minister for Finance on 11 May 2011 relating to burden sharing with subordinated bondholders.

The Bank intends shortly to launch a liability management exercise in respect of approximately €2.6 billion of its subordinated liabilities. The terms of the liability management exercise will reflect the Minister for Finance’s objective of ensuring subordinated bondholders contribute a significant element of the Bank’s Core Tier 1 capital requirement of €4.2 billion. The Bank’s current expectation is that the cash prices under the exercise will be 10 per cent of nominal for Tier 1 securities and 20 per cent of nominal for Tier 2 securities, with no payment in respect of accrued interest. The liability management exercise will incorporate proposals to amend the terms of the relevant subordinated liabilities to grant a call option, allowing the Bank to acquire the securities for a cash amount which would be materially less than the cash tender terms listed above. The Bank may also offer an equity alternative to subordinated bondholders incorporating both a premium to the cash alternative and a payment in respect of interest accrued.

To the extent that subordinated liabilities are not acquired or exchanged pursuant to the proposed liability management exercise or acquired pursuant to the exercise of the call options under the amended terms of the eligible subordinated liabilities, the Bank understands that the Government will take whatever steps it considers necessary to maximise burden sharing.

In addition to the proposed liability management exercise, the Bank, as outlined in its Interim Management Statement of 19 May 2011, continues to work actively with its advisors on a range of initiatives with a view to meeting the equity capital requirement arising from the 2011 PCAR process through a combination of support from existing shareholders (including the State) and other sources.

The securities that may be offered in the liability management exercise have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to US persons absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.



For further information, please contact:
John O’Donovan Group Chief Financial Officer +353 (0) 76 623 4703
Sean Crowe Group Treasurer +353 (0) 76 623 4720
Brian Kealy Head of Group Capital Management +353 (0) 76 623 4719
Andrew Keating Director of Group Finance +353 (0) 1 637 8141
Tony Joyce Head of Group Investor Relations +353 (0) 76 623 4729
Diarmaid Sheridan Group Investor Relations +353 (0) 76 623 4730
Dan Loughrey Head of Group Communications +353 (0) 76 623 4770