U.S. Eyes Large Stake in Citi
Futures spiked as this news hit the wire. Citi shares in Japan were up 12-15%.
Taxpayers Could Own Up to 40% of Bank’s Common Stock, Diluting Value of Shares
Citigroup Inc. is in talks with federal officials that could result in the U.S. government substantially expanding its ownership of the struggling bank, according to people familiar with the situation.
While the discussions could fall apart, the government could wind up holding as much as 40% of Citigroup’s common stock. Bank executives hope the stake will be closer to 25%, these people said.
Any such move would give federal officials far greater influence over one of the world’s largest financial institutions. Citigroup has proposed the plan to its regulators. The Obama administration hasn’t indicated if it supports the plan, according to people with knowledge of the talks.