New York, NY Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) today reported a net loss for the 2008 second quarter of $2.5 billion, or $0.54 per share, based on 5,287 million shares outstanding.(1) Solid results in the core franchise were offset by write-downs and credit costs. Results include $7.2 billion in pre-tax write-downs in Securities and Banking (See Schedule C on page 10). Additionally, credit costs increased $4.5 billion, mainly driven by Consumer Banking in North America and Global Cards.
Second Quarter Highlights
On July 11, 2008, the Company announced the sale of its German retail banking operation, which is expected to result in an estimated after-tax gain of approximately $4 billion upon closing. This is expected to result in a pro forma increase to the second quarter Tier 1 Capital ratio of approximately 60 basis points.
"We continue to demonstrate strength in our core franchise. We cut our second quarter losses in half compared to the first quarter. The cost of credit increased by 20% from the first quarter, but write-downs in our Securities and Banking business dropped by 42%. Additionally, headcount and expenses declined sequentially. While there is still much to do, we are encouraged by our progress in delivering on our commitment to the re-engineering efforts," said Vikram Pandit, Chief Executive Officer of Citi.
"As part of our efforts to improve capital and balance sheet efficiency, we reduced legacy assets substantially during the quarter. We recently closed on the sale of CitiStreet and just last Friday, announced the sale of our German retail banking operation for a substantial gain. We continue to be focused on building the strongest team by attracting world class leaders to Citi and developing our current talent. This, combined with a sharp focus on customer relationships in all regions and an ongoing commitment to our strategic targets, will drive our earnings power going forward," said Pandit.
Corporate/Other revenues were down significantly to negative $959 million, primarily due to inter-company transaction costs related to recent capital raises and the sale of CitiCapital. Additionally, higher funding costs primarily related to an increase in the deferred tax asset, hedging, and enhancement of the liquidity position contributed to the decline in revenues. The decline in revenues was partially offset by decreased taxes held at corporate.
A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial information contained in this press release is on page 12.
Gary Crittenden, Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call today at 8:30 AM (EDT). A live webcast of the presentation, as well as financial results and presentation materials, will be available at http://www.citigroup.com/citigroup/fin. A replay of the webcast will be available at http://www.citigroup.com/citigroup/fin/pres.htm.
Citi, the leading global financial services company, has some 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 100 countries, providing consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, and wealth management. Citi's major brand names include Citibank, CitiFinancial, Primerica, Smith Barney, Banamex, and Nikko. Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com or www.citi.com.
Additional financial, statistical, and business-related information, as well as business and segment trends, is included in a Financial Supplement. Both the earnings release and the Financial Supplement are available on Citi's website at www.citigroup.com or www.citi.com.
Certain statements in this document are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may differ materially from those included in these statements due to a variety of factors. More information about these factors is contained in Citigroup's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
(1) Fully diluted shares are 5,800 million.