Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. Tender offer for BZWBK launched by Santander

DUBLIN, IRELAND -- (Marketwire) -- 02/07/11 --

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. ("AIB") (NYSE: AIB) announced on 10 September 2010 that it had agreed to sell its Polish interests to Banco Santander S.A. ("Santander"). Santander today announced that it has launched a tender offer for 100 per cent of the share capital of Bank Zachodni WBK ("BZWBK").

In its announcement today, Santander said that the tender offer will be open for acceptance from 24 February to 25 March. It is expected that the tender offer will be settled and the transaction completed on 1 April 2011.

Once the tender offer is open for acceptance and all conditions to the sale agreement have been satisfied, AIB will tender its 51, 413,790 shares in BZWBK representing 70.36 per cent in the share capital of BZWBK. There is no change to the sales proceeds or capital effect expected and announced by AIB on 10 September 2010.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Source: Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. via Thomson Reuters ONE


For further information, please contact:

Alan Kelly
General Manager, Corporate Services

AIB Group
Tel: 1-6412162
email: Email Contact

Catherine Burke
Head of Corporate Relations and
AIB Group
Tel: 1-6413894
email: Email Contact

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