Aaaand.... It's Gone: Tiny Tim Plans Shelving Of AIG Stock Offering After Stock Plunge Continues

Tyler Durden's picture

Remember the other most hyped up re-IPO ever, AIG (after that other Marxist-inspired, union-lubricating, channel-stuffing debacle GM)? The same company that nearly brought down the system, that insured more disaster prone garbage than even Berkshire Hathaway, which is  92% owned by the government because it wouldn't look cool if the government fully nationalized everyone after Lehman was left to die, and was subsequently eagerly attempting to buy back its toxic filth at half off prices from Goldman's Bill Dudley who just so happens works at 33 Liberty now? Well, you can kiss that goodbye: the FT reports that "AIG and the US Treasury are discussing whether to shelve or scale back plans for a large public offering this month because of the lacklustre performance of the insurer’s shares in recent weeks, people close to the situation said." You can also kiss the Treasury's boasts of a break even on its AIG "investment" - this despite 2 years of endless market levitation, forced short squeeze, margin hikes, several wars, $4 trillion in monetary and fiscal stimuli, and most certainly, the kitchen sink. "People involved said the most likely outcome of the deliberations would be for the offering to proceed at a smaller size and closer to the Treasury’s break-even point. This would allow the restructured company to provide a longer record to the market before a larger sale later this year. Shares in AIG have fallen more than 30 per cent since January 20, hitting $29.62 on Tuesday and jeopardising taxpayers’ profits on the share sale. Treasury’s break-even level is $28.73 a share and officials have been reluctant to approve an offering below that price." This likely also means that any follow on equity capital raises by AIG will be relegated to CDO issuance and other "silly paper" that will be bought only with other people's money.

From the FT:

Washington is attempting a fine balance between extricating itself from its biggest bail-out as quickly as possible and avoiding realising a loss. AIG, led by chief executive Robert Benmosche, is keen to re-establish itself as a normal listed company but is also wary of pushing down further the value of its stock with a low-priced offering.

At Tuesday’s closing prices, the Treasury’s 92 per cent stake in AIG was worth $49bn, a slim premium over its $47.5bn cash investment. The government is planning two large stake sales this year but it is likely to retain some stock into 2012.

AIG has also said it would sell equity when the Treasury begins its share sales in an attempt to raise fresh capital and rebuild its shareholder base after most shareholders were wiped out by the company’s near collapse.

That said, every single time the government is forced to divest a stake the market somehow miraculously vaunts higher as if on nothing but Fed manipulation: kinda like what has happened this week (although the number of trade tickets for ES purchases via Citadel is running low at the FRBNY or so we hear). So anyone out there hoping to see a dip, forget about it: State Street and BoNY have their marching orders to sequester any existing shorts and make sure that the short interest in the NYSE drops to a fresh all time low, even as the Chairsatan pumps a cool $10 billion a day in the market.... because of the wealth effect of course.

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Temporalist's picture

At least the kitchen sink may have some value...

CPL's picture

That's nice, needs a sound edit.

CPL's picture

A sink has value because it can be reused for a purpose...

TimTim is starting to understand that nobody gives a shit what some dumb fuck semi-blue blood born of C-section by some cumdumpster thinks of value when all the man has done is valueless.


That's not true.  TimTim has usable organs that can help people.

bigelkhorn's picture

AIG are such a crock of shit. Every time I see them say sell, i buy more. 

That guy from FFT is oz is good, I been following him for a while and he called the market crash in 2008. 


I belong to his membership site, its awesome and has live videos and everything to follow along. Makes it

easy to take money from the market even if you are a newbie!. 


His new monthly trading club is opening tomorrow, and over at :-

High Plains Drifter's picture

kick me once, shame on you............

Bay of Pigs's picture

What a Clown Show this is...

And where's the bearded lady?

Sophist Economicus's picture

Last I heard, she's in China with Jeethner

Confucious 222's picture

Next, show us the Bernank wearing an orange wig, red nose, and size 22 white shoes running around with the seltzer bottle putting out fires.

Timmay the Geek, of course, is part of the sideshow, not the circus proper. Freek-OH-Nature boy.

High Plains Drifter's picture

who took the pipe on all of the CDS outstanding on this pig?

lizzy36's picture

Why you did, if you are a US taxpayer.

I present and a post that started my real ZH addiction. How the banks once again benefitted (when the needed it most) at the the US taxpayer expense:

topcallingtroll's picture

Hi, I'm Top, and I'm an addict.

rocker's picture

+2   Zero Hedge has confirmed my faith that I can believe in something.  That the U.S. capital markets are ran by Crooks who belong in Jail.

JW n FL's picture

Hi! my name is James.. and I am an addict! BITCHEZ!!!

High Plains Drifter's picture

did the entire 900B  in tarp money go to AIG and Goldman?   Paulson said, that there would be riots in the street if congress didn't pass tarp. yeh sure.

CPL's picture

There would have been...all those dumbasses tanking the place would have hired proper slaves to help them revolt.

rocker's picture

ZH got us the Bloomberg Window operations that the FED did. The FED literally gave money to every bank in the world who had any connection with Goldman Sachs, AIG, BAC, JPM, LEH, MER, BSC and any other bank that was up side down.  If you missed it. You missed the America's biggest financial fraud EVER engineered by GS. Totally Amazing.

Where are the Riots in the Streets.  Americans are Sheeple for sure.   We are Japan Now.   

SobaYobonay's picture

Kitchen sink bitchez!

slewie the pi-rat's picture

i'm rinsing radioactive strawberries in mine. i've come to prefer them glowing in the dark---they stay fresher, longer!

i have out-of-the-money puts on the kitchen sink.  from the FED, BiCHeZ!

the FED is my landlord; i shall not want.

end the FED. 

espirit's picture

Let AIG take Citi's place at 4 BennieBux a share, pomo pump it to break even and dump it.

Problem solved.

pepperspray's picture

Its almost like watching flooded homes wash down the mississippi. Was that Huck's dad who just went by?

knukles's picture

Ah, and so Timmah's now a market timer... a speculator with taxpayer monies.
And while we're at it, ain't Homomma been a tad slow in declaring the Mississippi River Flood Basin a fucking Disaster Area, sorta in the tradition of the Bush degeneracy with Katrina? 

Oh, neverthefuckmind....  Must just be my late in the day bullshit fatigue showing through.

AND BTW, check this out for shits and grins

T-NUTZ's picture

Taxpayers' Profits BITCHEZ!!!!

Out9922's picture

Love the South Park clip.  Ill be watching that spoof of the royal wedding tomorrow

buzzsaw99's picture

This smacks of treasury desperation for cash. Hope Bonds bitchez! As in we **hope** we get our money back.

The Treasury holds 92.11 percent of AIG and has a break-even point of about $28.72 per share on the stock...

That $52B market cap is so bogus.

cosmictrainwreck's picture

ahh, the triple (double-contiguous) "bitchez" protocol, normally for emphasis, but can be construed as behemothic disgust....

cosmictrainwreck's picture

shit, Buzz, you edited out the double-contiguous bitchez while I was writing. Can't win today.... lol

buzzsaw99's picture

bitchez. bitchez. bitchez.

(i pay better interest than the .gov :snark:)

cosmictrainwreck's picture

as in >zero?  shit, actually you put out 33%. excellent returns.... sign me up

bob_dabolina's picture

AIG is the gift that keeps giving....also FNM/FRE (which are also trading below their IPO price)

A single chicken Mcnugget is worth more than a share of FNM, or, FRE. Ahhhhhh, I'm lovin' it.

catch edge ghost's picture

Sim Market 4000.

(Exciting Sand Box Mode available in the soon to be released Expansion Pact, erm Pack)

Mec-sick-o's picture

I hope there's a Fed Reserve monument building and a QE disaster button/monster.

SwingForce's picture

Timmy is a piece of shit. He sold me down the river. He did not do 1 thing to help me. Obama is a piece of shit too. He & Tim should coagulate. Want votes in 2012? Go fornicate, ain't gonna happen. And Ben's head will be on a stick, bitchez. say goodnite.

JW n FL's picture

“Fall of the Republic” HQ Movie  it is worth 2 hours of your time. 4 everyone JW apporved!

Misean's picture

AIG is worth its wait in Benny Bucks...

Manthong's picture

"jeopardising taxpayers’ profits on the share sale."

I need four fingers of Jack to swallow that with.

buzzsaw99's picture


There is no Balance Sheet data available for AIG.

Rainman's picture

Do a 5-1 split and HFT the fuck out of this bitch. Problem solved.

jm's picture

makes a great tramp stamp.

gkm's picture

They need a sweetener.  How about a wheelbarrow of t-bills with ever AIG share certificate?  At least you'd have some tinder for the coming Kondratiev Winter.

nedwardkelly's picture

Treasury’s break-even level is $28.73 a share

Apparently there was no opportunity cost to having that money tied up at AIG

sun tzu's picture

Taxpayers are reaping huge profits from TARP, GM, Fannie/Freddie, and AIG bailouts. That's what the lamestream media has been parroting since 2009.

Misean's picture

All of those profits must be driving down the labor participation rate.

Blorf's picture

They better stuff that pig with all of the treasury puts the fed has before they spin it off. Better to have AIG be the next AIG than the Fed

Miles Kendig's picture

Bud, AIG is the dog with fleas you get to sell to others.  Tell me something I don't already know, besides that 28 3/4 is the Treasuries BE on that flea ridden dog.

- Gordon Gekko

DNB-sore's picture

I wonder when all these misfits are collapsing the market (including the "protected") because the markets won't be able to digest and just puke out the bad oyster and there will be a 2 week's recess because of sickness

bid the soldiers shoot's picture

" this despite 2 years of endless market levitation, forced short squeeze, margin hikes, several wars, $4 trillion in monetary and fiscal stimuli, and most certainly, the kitchen sink."

Makes you nostalgic for the good old days 3 years ago, when what you didn't know, couldn't hurt you.

At least not until Paulson spilt the beans and Obama took office.

Dan The Man's picture
If Lil' Timmy was truly in control of the markets, would he have missed the boat on the AIG offering?  
knukles's picture

In control of markets?
I'm not so sure he's in control of his bedtime.

ebworthen's picture


Washington bailed out AIG and Wall Street.

Washington lost the "full faith and credit" of the responsible populace.