NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Federal Reserve Board has announced that Citi has been approved to exit parallel Basel III reporting for U.S. regulatory capital purposes and transition from the general risk-based capital rules (Basel I) to Basel III “advanced approaches,” effective for the second quarter of 2014. One of the stipulations for this approval is that Citi will be required to increase its estimated risk-weighted assets (RWA) associated with operational risk to $288 billion from the $232 billion reported as of December 31, 2013, given the overall operating environment for the banking industry. The estimated pro forma impact of the higher operational risk RWA to Citi’s estimated Basel III Tier 1 Common Capital ratio as of December 31, 2013 results in a pro forma ratio of approximately 10.1%.
To date, Citi’s target has been to operate at an estimated Basel III Tier 1 Common Capital ratio of 10%, reflecting a level of capital consistent with Citi being in compliance with the proposed supplementary leverage ratio (SLR) requirement of 5%. While changes in operational risk RWA impact the denominator of Citi’s Basel III Tier 1 Common Capital ratio, they do not impact Citi’s Basel III Tier 1 Capital or the SLR. As a result, even with the higher operational risk RWA, Citi can remain in compliance with the proposed SLR requirement at a lower Basel III Tier 1 Common Capital ratio. Therefore, Citi management has revised its estimated Basel III Tier 1 Common capital target ratio to 9.5%, which remains approximately 50 basis points above Citi’s expected required minimum Basel III Tier 1 Common Capital ratio on a fully phased-in basis.
Accordingly, reflecting these changes, as of December 31, 2013, Citi’s pro forma estimated Basel III Tier 1 Common Capital ratio was 10.1%, compared to a revised target of 9.5%, and Citi’s estimated SLR was 5.4%, compared to the proposed requirement of 5.0%.1
1 Citi’s estimated Basel III Tier 1 Common Capital ratio as of December 31, 2013 and target Basel III Tier 1 Common Capital ratio are based on the “advanced approaches” for determining RWA.
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