The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland offers banking and other financial services. The company’s services are provided in Ireland, with selected services being offered in the U.K. and internationally. The company operates a distribution network of approximately 280 branches and 1,400 ATMs in Ireland and access to 11,500 branches and approximately 2,200 ATMs in the U.K. through the company's relationship as financial services partner with the U.K. Post Office. Divisions The company is organized into operating divisions to service its customers as follows: Retail Ireland, Bank of Ireland Life, Retail UK, and Corporate and Treasury. Retail Ireland This division offers a range of banking products and related financial services to the personal and business markets, including deposits, mortgages, consumer and business lending, credit cards, accounts, money transmission services, commercial finance, asset finance and general insurance. Retail Ireland serves customers through a distribution network of branches, central support teams, ATMs and through direct channels (telephone, mobile and on-line). Retail Ireland is managed through business units, such as Distribution Channels, Consumer Banking (including Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank and ICS Building Society), Business Banking and Customer and Wealth Management. Bank of Ireland Life This division includes the company's wholly owned subsidiary, New Ireland Assurance Company plc (NIAC). Through NIAC, the company offers a range of pension and life products, including life assurance, life protection, pensions and investment products to the Irish market through its branch network, its financial advisors (direct sales force) and independent brokers. Retail UK This division comprises consumer and business banking through a branch network in northern Ireland, its U.K. residential mortgage business, and the business partnerships with the U.K. Post Office. A substantial part of Retail UK's operations are conducted through the company's wholly owned U.K. licensed subsidiary, Bank of Ireland (UK) plc. Corporate and Treasury This division comprises the company’s Corporate Banking and Global Markets activities across the Republic of Ireland, U.K. and international jurisdictions. This division also incorporates IBI Corporate Finance. Corporate Banking provides banking services to major corporations and financial institutions. The range of lending products provided includes overdraft and short term loan facilities, term loans, project finance and structured finance. Corporate Banking also includes the company’s Leveraged Acquisition Finance (LAF) business. Global Markets transacts in a range of market instruments on behalf of both the company itself and its customers. The activities include transactions in inter-bank deposits and loans, foreign exchange spot and forward contracts, options, financial futures, bonds, swaps, forward rate agreements and equity tracker products. IBI Corporate Finance advises publicly-quoted, private and semi-state companies across various complex domestic and international transactions. Regulations The company is required to comply with the liquidity requirements of the Central Bank of Ireland and also with the requirements of local regulators in those jurisdictions where such requirements apply to the company. The Central Bank requires that banks have sufficient resources (cash inflows and marketable assets) to cover 100% of expected cash outflows in the 0 to 8 day time horizon and 90% of expected cash outflows in the 9 day to 30 day time horizon. Competition The company’s main competitors across the range of banking activities are other banks, such as Allied Irish Banks, Ulster Bank, KBC Bank Ireland, and Permanent TSB. History The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland was founded as a chartered corporation by an Act of the Irish Parliament of 1781/2 and by a Royal Charter of King George III in 1783.
bank of ireland
(BKIR:Irish Stock Exchange)
40 Mespil Road
Phone: 353 1 637 8000
Fax: 353 76 623 4786www.bankofireland.com
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