Government provides record aid package to AIGWas there warning?
By JEANNINE AVERSA, AP Economics Writer Jeannine Aversa, Ap Economics Writer
10 Nov 2008
WASHINGTON – In a record bailout of a private company, the government on Monday provided a new $150 billion financial-rescue package to troubled insurance giant American International Group, including $40 billion for partial ownership.
The action, announced by the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department, was taken as it became increasingly clear that an original financial lifeline thrown to AIG in September would be insufficient to stabilize the teetering company.
Yes (but you'd never know it from reading the article):
Concerns rise as AIG blows through 70% of government cashThis sounds eerily familiar.
No asset sales yet, so insurer continues to tap securities lending facility; ‘you’ve got to draw the line’
By Beth Braverman
October 24, 2008
American International Group tapped its securities lending facility with the New York Fed this week for another $7 billion, but it did not draw down any more of the $85 billion bridge loan it received in September, also from the New York Fed.
As of Thursday, AIG had borrowed $72 billion under the bridge loan (that amount has remained constant since Oct. 9), $18 billion under its securities lending facility and $300 million in capitalized interest, according to company spokesman Peter Tulupman. In total, the company had tapped more than 70% of its available credit.
Recall (long distant past): November 2001. As part of a proposed deal to acquire Enron, Dynergy injects $1.5Bn into Enron. Shortly thereafter Enron - at the SEC's insistence - publishes 10-Q quarterly report. The report reveals that:
Enron has blown through the $1.5Bn, and can't say how;Only the scale is different... vastly different. $1.5Bn (Enron) vs $90Bn (AIG).
Enron revealed it would have ~$2Bn payment due by end of year;
Enron is technically insolvent: immediate obligations ~ $2.8Bn; $1.2Bn cash on hand.
[Details derived from Kurt Echenwald's Conspiracy of Fools.]
The need for re-doing the AIG deal is never really made clear in the article, other than to say that interest payments on the Govt loan were depleting all AIG's cash. Where'd the principal go?
This doesn't sound promising.