EBS Building Society
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|Headquarters||Ballsbridge, Dublin, Ireland|
|Key people||Philip Williamson(UK) Chairman
Fergus Murphy, Managing Director
Bernard Byrne, Emer Finnan, Eamonn Hackett, Denis O'Callaghan, Jim Ruane, Catherine Woods Director
|Products||Mortgages and Commercial lending, Insurance, Savings & Investments, Personal Loans, Financial Planning, Current Accounts, Credit Card facility|
|Revenue||Income before taxation: €66.6 million; Total Assets: €19.5 billion (2007)|
EBS Limited was a financial institution in Ireland and was the country's largest building society. EBS has more than 400,000 members and distributes its products through a branch and franchised agency network. It handles direct business by telephone and the Internet. The institution's previous name was Educational Building Society, which reflected the role played by school teachers in its establishment, but "Educational" was later replaced by "EBS", forming a redundant acronym.
EBS was one of last two Irish building societies owned by their members but since July 2011, has been a subsidiary of AIB Bank. With branches throughout Ireland, EBS offers residential and commercial mortgages, personal loans, savings accounts, investment products and a financial planning service.
It formerly did not offer current accounts using its own resources and instead through an agreement with Allied Irish Banks, an ATM card service was operated using AIB's Banklink system. This has now been withdrawn and a Debit Card is provided in conjunction with MasterCard. Similarly, credit cards are offered in conjunction with MBNA.
In 2006, EBS became a tied insurance agent of Irish Life, PLC for the provision of life and investments products. All investment products sold through EBS are managed by Irish Life Investment Managers.
During 2007, a wholly owned subsidiary was established. Haven Mortgages focusses exclusively on the broker market as a separate lender in its own right.
In the 2004 and 2005 "Ireland Great Place to Work" awards, EBS was named as the "Best Company to work for in Ireland with 500-1000 employees". In both these years, EBS was also named as one of the top 100 Best Places to Work in Europe
As and from 1 July 2011, EBS Building Society ceased to exist and, after being granting a banking license,and demutualising, EBS Building Society became EBS Ltd., a subsidiary of AIB.
EBS Building society was founded in 1935 by Alex McCabe and other teachers to provide affordable housing finance for teachers and other civil servants.
Emergency government rescue
In June 2010, the European Commission authorised the Irish government to inject €875 million as emergency rescue aid into the society to combat the 2008–2011 Irish banking crisis. This bailout money came with the demand that the EBS must submit a restructuring plan to the Commission. The European Commissioner for Competition, Joaquín Almunia, said "EBS needs a significant recapitalisation to comply—and to continue to comply in the coming years—with capital requirement rules."
- Changes in the boardroom since onset of crisis, Irish Times, 2010-06-11. Retrieved: 2010-08-25.
- EU authorises €875m EBS cash injection
- "Banks need fresh €24 billion - Central Bank". RTE News. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011.