Updated for latest share price.
NEW YORK (
shares slumped on massive volume Thursday after the bank priced its huge stock offering well below its expected target, and as the federal government took pause in immediately exiting its stake in the banking giant.
Citigroup said late Wednesday it would sell 5.4 billion shares of common stock for $3.15 apiece, netting the company $17 billion. Citigroup also is selling 35 million tangible equity units for $100 each, which is expected to generate $3.5 billion, or $2.8 billion counted as equity.
Citigroup shares were down 8.6% to $3.16 in morning trades. Volume was already above 1.6 billion, more than three times the issue's trailing three-month daily average of about 458 million.
Citigroup said the Treasury Department decided not to sell any of its shares in connection with the company's offering, disappointing investors. Treasury intends to "extend its lock-up period on the sale of its 7.7 billion share common equity stake to 90 days from 45 days after the completion of this offering," Citigroup said.
Completing the offerings will allow Citigroup to repay $20 billion of federal bailout funds and terminate a loss-sharing agreement the government, reached after the company received an earlier $25 billion infusion of capital through the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Only
Bank of America
received as much under the initial round of TARP. Citigroup said repaying the extra $20 billion allows to no longer be considered a recipient of "exceptional financial assistance" under TARP.
The $3.15 a share pricing is 10 cents less than what the government paid when it bought its 34% stake in Citigroup during the financial crisis. Earlier in the day,
reported that the bank's underwriters would complete the pricing Wednesday at $3.30 to $3.35 a share.
On Tuesday, Citigroup ran into trouble with Abu Dhabi's sovereign wealth fund, which alleged "fraudulent misrepresentations" in connection with the stock sale.
-- Written by Scott Eden in New York
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