Citigroup posted its first profitable quarter in 18 months today, thanks in no small part to $45 billion in bailout funds and changes to accounting rules, Bloomberg reports. The company posted a $1.6 billion profit, up from a $5.1 billion loss last year. The company reported a loss per share of 18 cents, beating estimates of a 32-cent loss.
The company would have posted a sixth-straight losing quarter if not for a new accounting rule that lets companies record declines in the market value of its debt as unrealized gain, notes Bloomberg. That change gave the company a $2.5 billion boost. Its investment banking group also turned profitable.