New York: American International Group Inc, which had received over USD 180 billion from the US Treasury during global crisis, has repaid another USD 6.9 billion to the US government, using proceeds from the sale of the insurance firm's stake in MetLife.

At the height of the global financial crisis in the middle of September, 2008, AIG had received over USD 180 billion from the US Treasury.

The US Treasury in a statement said, "AIG used USD 6.6 billion of the USD 9.6 billion it received from the March 2 MetLife sale to make the repayment to the Troubled Asset Relief Programme (TARP)."

"These funds will be used to reduce an equal portion of Treasury's remaining preferred equity interests in AIG, which, after the repayment, stand at USD 11.3 billion," the Treasury said.

Besides, AIG paid the Treasury Department USD 300 million it had retained for expenses related to its American Life Insurance Company (ALICO) deal. AIG earned USD 15.5 billion, including about USD 6.8 billion in cash, from the sale of its subsidiary ALICO to MetLife last year.

The Treasury has now recovered 70 per cent of the USD 411 billion disbursed under the TARP, the Treasury added.

Further, USD 3 billion worth of proceeds from the MetLife stake sale were placed in an escrow account, which may be used to repay the Treasury Department later.

Earlier this week, AIG repaid USD 2.7 billion to the Treasury.

The Treasury is hopeful that "taxpayers will ultimately recover every dollar that the US government invested in AIG."

 

(Agency)