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Monday, September 14, 2009

More on U.S. Possibly Selling Citi Stake

by Calculated Risk on 9/14/2009 11:04:00 PM

From the WSJ: Citigroup Explores Bid to Pare U.S. Stake

The tentative aim is for a joint stock sale. Under this scenario, Citigroup would issue as much as $5 billion in new shares, while the government would simultaneously sell an undetermined amount of the stock it is holding ... Citigroup could use proceeds from a stock sale to redeem some of the preferred stock the Treasury is holding ...

The government converted its preferred shares into common stock at $3.25 a share. Citigroup's shares closed Monday at $4.52. That means the government's 7.7 billion shares have gained about $9.8 billion.
If I have the numbers correct, the total U.S. bailout of Citi was $45 billion (not including guarantees). Then $25 billion of preferred stock was converted to common at $3.25 per share in February - and that is the 7.69 billion common shares we all own (through the Treasury).

So the U.S. still holds $20 billion in preferred stock. This would be a start, although it might be premature considering all the toxic assets Citi probably still holds.