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Monday, September 14, 2009

Report: U.S. Discussing Selling Citi Shares

by Calculated Risk on 9/14/2009 07:35:00 PM

From Bloomberg: U.S. Said to Explore Selling Stock Acquired in Citigroup Rescue (ht jb)

Bloomberg is reporting that the Treasury and Citigroup are discussing how the U.S. can sell the 34 percent stake (7.7 billion shares) that the U.S. acquired as part of the bailout. At $4.50 per share, the U.S. stake is worth almost $35 billion.

In the February bailout, the U.S. increased it's common stake in Citi by converting $25 billion in preferred shares into common. And the U.S. is still also guaranteeing about $306 billion in assets (per the bailout agreement last November).

But selling some common would be a good first step ...