New York Citigroup Inc. (“Citigroup”) today announced its intention to upsize the aggregate principal amount of outstanding notes (the “Notes”) to be accepted for purchase pursuant to the previously announced cash tender (each, an “Offer” and, collectively, the “Offers”) by Citigroup from $910 million to $1.195 billion.
Notes tendered pursuant to these Offers reflect Citigroup’s continued robust liquidity position and are consistent with its recent liability management initiatives. Year-to-date, and excluding these Offers, Citigroup has decreased its outstanding long-term debt by approximately $13.9 billion through liability management initiatives, including the previously announced redemptions of trust preferred securities. Coupled with the ongoing natural maturing of long-term debt that requires no refinancing, these initiatives result in lower borrowing costs and reduce the overall level of Citigroup’s long-term debt outstanding. Citigroup will continue to consider opportunities to repurchase its long-term as well as short-term debt based on several factors, including without limitation the economic value, potential impact on Citigroup’s net interest margin and borrowing costs and the overall remaining tenor of its debt portfolio.
Citigroup also announced today the related increase in the Maximum Series Tender Cap for each series of Notes subject to the Offers, such increased Maximum Series Tender Caps as set forth in the table below, and further extended the Early Tender Date. All other terms and conditions of the Offers remain unchanged.
The previously announced Early Tender Date for Notes validly tendered pursuant to the Offers has been extended to 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on December 21, 2012 (unless further extended or earlier terminated). Notes that are validly tendered prior to such time pursuant to the Offers and accepted for purchase will be entitled to receive the applicable Total Consideration, which is inclusive of the Early Tender Premium, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but not including, the settlement date for such Notes.
The following table sets forth the Notes that are subject to the Offers as well as the aggregate principal amounts of Notes that were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn prior to the previously announced Early Tender Date:
The Withdrawal Date (December 5, 2012) for the Offers has now passed. Notes already tendered pursuant to the Offers may no longer be withdrawn, and any other Notes tendered prior to the Expiration Date may not be withdrawn.
The Offers are being made pursuant to the offer to purchase dated November 21, 2012 (the “Offer to Purchase,” as may be amended or supplemented from time to time), and the related letter of transmittal (the “Letter of Transmittal,” as may be amended or supplemented from time to time) which set forth in more detail the terms and conditions of the Offers. Capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined in this announcement shall have the meaning given to them in the Offer to Purchase.
The obligation of Citigroup to accept for purchase, and to pay the Tender Offer Consideration or the Total Consideration, as the case may be, for Notes validly tendered pursuant to the Offers is subject to, and conditional upon, the satisfaction or, where applicable, waiver of a number of conditions described in the Offer to Purchase. Citigroup reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to waive any one or more of the conditions at any time.
Citigroup has retained its affiliate Citigroup Global Markets Inc. to serve as the dealer manager for the Offers. Global Bondholder Services Corporation has been retained to serve as the depositary and information agent with respect to the Notes.
For additional information regarding the terms of the Offers, please contact Citigroup Global Markets Inc. at either (800) 558-3745 (toll free) or (212) 723-6106. Requests for documents and questions regarding the tender of Notes may be directed to Global Bondholder Services Corporation at (866) 873-7700 (toll free) or (212) 430-3774 (collect).
The Offer to Purchase and related Letter of Transmittal were first distributed to holders of Notes on November 21, 2012 and published on the website of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (www.bourse.lu) on November 22, 2012. Copies of the Offer to Purchase and the Letter of Transmittal may also be obtained at no charge from Global Bondholder Services Corporation.
None of Citigroup, its board of directors, the dealer manager, the depository or the information agent makes any recommendation as to whether any holder of the Notes should tender or refrain from tendering all or any portion of the principal amount of the Notes.
This press release is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation to buy any of these Notes nor is it a solicitation for acceptance of any of the Offers. Citigroup is making the Offers only by, and pursuant to the terms of, the Offer to Purchase and the related Letter of Transmittal. The Offers are not being made to (nor will tenders of Notes be accepted from or on behalf of) holders of Notes in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities, blue sky or other laws of such jurisdiction. This announcement must be read in conjunction with the Offer to Purchase and, where applicable, the related Letter of Transmittal.
United Kingdom. The communication of the Offer to Purchase and any other documents or materials relating to the Offers is not being made and such documents and/or materials have not been approved by an authorized person for the purposes of Section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Accordingly, such documents and/or materials are not being distributed to, and must not be passed on to, the general public in the United Kingdom. The communication of such documents and/or materials as a financial promotion is only being made to those persons in the United Kingdom falling within the definition of investment professionals (as defined in Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the “Order”) or within Article 43(2) of the Order, or to other persons to whom it may lawfully be communicated in accordance with the Order.
Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides 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, transaction services, and wealth management.
Certain statements in this document and certain statements by Citi's management made orally to analysts, investors, representatives of the media and others, including those regarding various planned repositioning actions, estimated repositioning charges, expected annual expense savings and the expected benefits to Citi's operating efficiency, among others, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 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 expressed in or implied by these statements due to a variety of factors, including but not limited to the precautionary statements included in this document as well as Citi's inability to fully complete the repositioning actions and realize the annual expense savings at all or in the anticipated timeframes referenced. More information about these and other factors is contained in Citi's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation the "Risk Factors" section of Citi's 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K. Precautionary statements included in such filings should be read in conjunction with this document. Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of Citi speak only as to the date they are made, and Citi does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect the impact of circumstances or events that arise after the date the forward-looking statements were made.