September 29, 2008 / 2:32 AM / 11 years ago

AIG eyes sale of more than 15 businesses: paper

The logo of American International Group (AIG) is seen at their offices in New York in this file photo from September 18, 2008. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

NEW YORK (Reuters) - American International Group (AIG.N), the insurer bailed out by the U.S. Federal Reserve earlier this month, is looking to sell more than 15 businesses, to repay its $85 billion government loan, the Financial Times said on Sunday.

Citing people close to the situation, the newspaper said AIG was prepared to consider selling most of its operations besides its international life insurance unit and U.S. pension businesses.

The company’s board was meeting in New York on Sunday night to discuss possible sales, the newspaper said.

AIG was not immediately available to comment.

Assets AIG is considering selling include its aircraft leasing unit International Lease Finance Corp, its 59 per cent stake in reinsurer Transatlantic Holdings as well as its property portfolio and private equity investments, according to the article.

The Financial Times said no final decisions had been made on what assets to sell.

AIG, once the world’s most valuable insurer, needs to raise cash quickly to repay the $85 billion loan that allowed it to avoid bankruptcy after taking massive losses on mortgage derivatives.

If the loan is not repaid, the U.S. government has the right to take an almost 80 percent stake, heavily diluting investors’ stock.

Reporting by Michael Erman; Editing by Anshuman Daga

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