The AIG chief, whose greatest hits include “my balls are bigger than the government’s,” “The worst thing that will ever happen to him is when he and I meet in the room and I close the door,” and “women go wild when they walk [into my bathroom],” will officially bid his people adieu come September. Read more »
Benmosche, 69, earned a $6 million cash incentive, 50 percent more than his target, the New York-based insurer said yesterday in a regulatory filing…AIG revamped pay plans for executives last year to link compensation to performance after the end of restrictions tied to a U.S. government bailout. AIG repaid the rescue in 2012 and advanced 45 percent last year, beating the 30 percent gain of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. The plan “aligns the economic interests of our executives with the long-term interests of AIG and our shareholders,” the insurer said in the filing. Benmosche received a $2.3 million salary and $6.5 million in stock awards, bring his total compensation to $14.8 million, That’s 40 percent more than he earned a year earlier. [Bloomberg]
The uproar over bonuses “was intended to stir public anger, to get everybody out there with their pitch forks and their hangman nooses, and all that–sort of like what we did in the Deep South [decades ago]. And I think it was just as bad and just as wrong.” [MoneyBeat via DI]
Robert Benmosche is still putting the finishing touches on his commencement address of hope. Read more »
A while back I built a spreadsheet to do math about AIG, and it took me a long time and led to basically one short post with what I still think was a rather lovely blobby picture, so I’m just going to shamelessly reuse that spreadsheet with slight updates and be all OOH LOOK AN IRR:
So yeah: as the AIG bailout saga comes to its sort-of conclusion, we can sort of conclude that the government made a 5.6% return on its money. Assumptions etc. in the original post; the accounting profit ties out reasonably well, if you squint, with the Treasury’s official math.
Take a bow
“Dear Colleagues,” Robert Benmosche wrote in a memo to AIG employees today. “We come together as a company to celebrate in good times and we draw together in times of shared crisis. Today warrants a celebration like no other in AIG’s history and places well in the past a crisis none of us will ever forget…Today the US Department of the Treasury has priced an offering of approximately 234.2 million shares of AIG common stock at a price to market of $32.50 per share. Upon the closing of this transaction, expected this Friday, Treasury will have sold the last of its remaining shares of AIG common stock, receiving proceeds of approximately $7.6 billion from the sale. The closing of this transaction will mark the full resolution of America’s financial support of AIG…It is one of the most extraordinary - and what many believed to be the most unlikely– turnarounds in American business history. And you did it…You did this. Every single man and woman at AIG did this remarkable thing. There is a saying in American life, there are no second acts. Well, take a bow, because today marks our second act.” [Dealbook]