WASHINGTON BUREAU — American International Group Inc. (NYSE:AIG) appears to be stable, primarily as a result of a huge infusion of government financial aid, according to U.S. Government Accountability Office officials.
The federal cash infusion appears to be facilitating a “more orderly restructuring of the company” than would have taken place without government assistance, GAO officials write in an update on Troubled Asset Relief Program to AIG, New York.
The Federal Reserve System and the U.S. Treasury Department have made more than $182 billion in aid available to AIG since March 2008, GAO officials write.
The balance stood at $129.1 billion Dec. 31, 2009, up $8.4 billion from what AIG owed Sept. 2, 2009, officials write.
The AIG Financial Products unit has continued to unwind its credit default swap positions, officials write.
For the first time since the second quarter of 2008, additions to AIG life and retirement policyholder contract deposits have exceeded withdrawals, and AIG’s property/casualty companies “also have shown some improvements,” officials write.
But the balance that AIG owes the Federal Reserve System and the Treasury Department is lower than it could be partly because the Federal Reserve Board and Treasury officials have let AIG use equity to re-pay some of the debt, and “federal assistance has been a critical factor” in efforts to restore AIG to health, the officials write.
Although AIG Financial Products succeeded at unwinding its super senior credit default swap portfolio, it has had less success with disposing of its multi-sector collateralized debt obligations, officials write.
“The government’s ability to fully recoup the federal assistance will be determined by the long-term health of AIG, the company’s success in selling businesses as it restructures, and other market factors such as the performance of the insurance sectors and the credit derivatives markets that are beyond the control of AIG or the government,” officials write.