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Editor: Eric C. Chaffee
Univ. of Toledo College of Law

Monday, April 26, 2010

Treasury Announces Plan to Sell Citigroup Common Stock

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the next steps in its plan to sell approximately 7.7 billion shares of Citigroup common stock.  Citigroup filed a prospectus supplement with the SEC covering Treasury's sale of this common stock.  Treasury will begin selling its common shares in the market in an orderly fashion under a pre-arranged written trading plan with Morgan Stanley, Treasury's sales agent.  Initially, Treasury will provide Morgan Stanley with discretionary authority to sell up to 1.5 billion shares under certain parameters.  Treasury expects to provide Morgan Stanley with authority to sell additional shares after this initial amount.

Treasury received the shares of common stock last summer as part of the exchange offers conducted by Citigroup to strengthen its capital base.  Treasury exchanged the $25 billion in preferred stock it received in connection with Citigroup's participation in the Capital Purchase Program for common shares at a price of $3.25 per common share.  These sales do not cover Treasury's holdings of Citigroup trust preferred securities or warrants for its common stock, which will be disposed of separately.

Treasury required Morgan Stanley to provide opportunities for participation by small broker-dealers, including minority- or women-owned broker-dealers.

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