Friday, May 01, 2009

WSJ: Citi Needs "Up to $10 Billion" in Capital

by Bill McBride on 5/01/2009 07:54:00 PM

From the WSJ: Citi Said to Need Up to $10 Billion

Citigroup Inc. may need to raise as much as $10 billion in new capital, according to people familiar with the matter ...

The bank ... is negotiating with the Federal Reserve and may need less if regulators accept the bank's arguments about its financial health ... In a best-case scenario, Citigroup could wind up having a roughly $500 million cushion above what the government is requiring.
If Citi isn't required to raise capital, I doubt there will be much confidence in the stress test results. I was expecting a much higher number than $10 billion.

Also, from the NY Times: Citigroup to Sell Japanese Units for $5.56 Billion
Citigroup said Friday that it would sell its Japanese brokerage and investment banking units for $5.56 billion, securing much-needed capital before results due this coming week from a U.S. government “stress test” of its financial health.
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Citigroup said it would realize a loss of $200 million on the transaction, which would generate $2.5 billion in tangible common equity, a measure of financial health.