NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Citigroup Inc. (“Citigroup”) announced today the applicable Reference Yield and Total Consideration for the previously announced cash tender offers (each, an “Offer” and, collectively, the “Offers”) with respect to each series of Notes listed in the table below (the “Notes”).
These Offers are consistent with Citigroup’s liability management strategy, and reflect its ongoing efforts to enhance the efficiency of its funding and capital structure. Since 2013, Citigroup redeemed or retired U.S. $19.6 billion of securities, excluding exchanged securities, of which U.S. $7.3 billion was redeemed or retired in 2014, reducing Citigroup’s overall funding costs. Citigroup will continue to consider opportunities to redeem or repurchase securities, based on several factors, including without limitation, the economic value, potential impact on Citigroup's net interest margin and borrowing costs, the overall remaining tenor of Citigroup's debt portfolio, capital impact, as well as overall market conditions.
The Offers are being made pursuant to the offer to purchase dated September 9, 2014 (as may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the “Offer to Purchase”), and the related letter of transmittal (as may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the “Letter of Transmittal”) 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 Total Consideration and Tender Offer Consideration for each series of Notes were determined based on the relevant Reference Yield as of 2:00 p.m., New York City time, on September 23, 2014, in accordance with the terms set forth in the Offer to Purchase by reference to the relevant Fixed Spread and the relevant Reference U.S. Treasury Security as follows:
|Title of Security||CUSIP / ISIN||Maximum Series Tender Cap||Reference U.S. Treasury Security||Bloomberg Reference page||Reference Yield||Fixed Spread (basis points)||Tender Offer Consideration||Total Consideration|
|5.500% Notes due 2017||172967DY4 / US172967DY47||$135,000,000||0.875% Treasury due August 15, 2017||FIT1||1.037%||+55 bps||$1,061.35||$1,091.35|
|6.125% Notes due 2018||172967ES6 / US172967ES69||$275,000,000||1.625% Treasury due August 31, 2019||FIT1||1.764%||+30 bps||$1,111.63||$1,141.63|
The Early Tender Date for the Offers has now passed. Because the aggregate principal amount of the 5.500% Notes due 2017 tendered at or prior to the Early Tender Date exceeded the applicable Maximum Series Tender Cap, Citigroup does not intend to accept for purchase any additional Notes of this series. All Notes of this series that were validly tendered at or prior to the Early Tender Date will be accepted for purchase on the Early Settlement Date.
Because the aggregate principal amount of the 6.125% Notes due 2018 tendered at or prior to the Early Tender Date did not exceed the Maximum Series Tender Cap, Citigroup will continue to accept for purchase Notes of this series up to the Maximum Series Tender Cap (subject to possible proration). All the Notes of this series that were validly tendered at or prior the Early Tender Date will be accepted for purchase on the Early Settlement Date. Holders of this series of Notes that are validly tendered after the Early Tender Date and accepted for purchase will receive the applicable Tender Offer Consideration, which is equal to the Total Consideration minus the Early Tender Premium.
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 and to proration. 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 sole 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) 807-2200 (toll free) or (212) 430-3774 (collect).
The Offer to Purchase and related Letter of Transmittal were first distributed to holders of Notes on September 9, 2014 and published on the website of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (www.bourse.lu) on September 12, 2014. 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 subject to the Offers 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 high net worth companies, and other persons to whom it may lawfully be communicated in accordance with Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order.
Citigroup, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citigroup 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. Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com.
Certain statements in this release, including without limitation the anticipated consummation and successful completion of the Offers (including the satisfaction of the conditions described in the Offers to Purchase), the possible further amendment, extension or abandonment of one or more of the Offers, and Citigroup’s continued successful execution of its liability management strategy, 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 included in these statements due to a variety of factors, including without limitation (i) the level of participation in the Offers, and (ii) the precautionary statements included in this release and those contained in Citigroup’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation the “Risk Factors” section of Citigroup’s 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K.