Sunday 21 January 2018

AIB approved €9bn of loans in first eight months of year - CEO Bernard Byrne

AIB's Bernard Byrne
AIB's Bernard Byrne

Donal O’Donovan

AIB approved €9bn of loans in the first eight months of the year, backing 95pc of all small and medium enterprises’ (SME) credit applications, according to chief executive Bernard Byrne.

Mr Byrne said that, in time, taxpayers will be in a position to get back all of the money the State invested in AIB.  

Speaking at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce annual dinner last night, the newly-appointed AIB chief said the current economic momentum means the accelerated lending trend will continue to increase through the remainder of the year.

By comparison the bank had approved just €5bn of loans in the first 10 months of 2014.  

AIB’s ‘Backing Brave’ initiative, launched a year ago, and which aims to complete the approvals process for business loans of up to €30,000 within 48 hours, has received over 14,000 applications to date, he said.

Almost half of loan applications are now made online, he said.

Mr Byrne revealed the figures in a speech at the Convention Centre in Dublin.

The Chamber of Commerce’s dinner is the biggest event of its kind in the capital city’s business calendar.  

The bank’s financial performance is improving to the extent that it will be “paying a very sizeable chunk of capital back to the State in the not too distant future,” he said.

“The Minister for Finance will determine when and how the Bank will return more capital to the State through an Initial Public Offering but you can be assured that we will be ready, when he makes that decision,” he said.

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