Citigroup’s much awaited $ 58- billion plan of converting preferred stock into common shares will happen this week, in move which will help the government to own about 34 per cent stake in the battered financial entity, a media report says.
“Citigroup Inc said its delayed plan to convert billions of dollars of preferred shares into common stock will occur this week, clearing the way for the government to own as much as 34 per cent of the struggling bank,” The Wall Street Journal said.
The $ 58-billion conversion, announced in February when Citigroup shares were trading near $ 1, was supposed to happen in April but was slowed by negotiations between the bank and federal officials over details of the complicated transaction, the report noted.
The deal is aimed at reducing worries about Citigroup’s capital levels, and the company said last month it would expand the conversion to help plug the $ 5.5-billion capital hole found by the Federal Reserve in its stress tests of the nation’s 19 largest banks.
Quoting Citigroup The WSJ said, it “appreciates the cooperation and support it has received from the federal banking regulators in connection with the exchange offers.”