Citigroup on Monday said it will repay $20 billion bailout money to the US government, a move that will ease strict government regulations on the financial services provider.
Citi, which was among the severely hit by the financial turmoil, had received $45 billion from the government as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Programme (TARP), an initiative which mainly pumped in billions of dollars into battered companies. Vikram Pandit-led Citi has reached an agreement with the US authorities to payback $20 billion of TARP funds.
Citi would also terminate loss-sharing pact with the government. Citi has to pay back only $20 billion, since the government got a 34 per cent stake in Citi for $25 billion.
Citi would be the latest to exit TARP after Bank of America, which repaid bailout funds of $45 billion this month.
"Once Citi repays the $20 billion of TARP trust preferred securities and upon termination of the loss-sharing agreement, it will no longer be deemed to be a beneficiary of 'exceptional financial assistance' under TARP beginning in 2010," it said in a statement.
Citi would immediately issue $20.5 billion of capital and debts. These would include $17 billion of common stocks, with an over-allotment option of $2.55 billion.