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Report: Pandit Clashed With Citi Board

Employees reportedly shocked over his departure

(Newser) - Vikram Pandit's sudden Citigroup exit this morning came following "a clash" with the bank's board over "strategy and operating performance," the Wall Street Journal reports, based on an anonymous source. The departure blindsided Citi employees, many of whom found out via media reports. "There'... More »

Citigroup CEO Steps Down

Vikram Pandit, COO John Havens out; Michael Corbat to take over

(Newser) - Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit is leaving his post effective immediately, to be replaced by the bank's Europe, Middle East, and Africa head, Michael Corbat, Reuters reports. Chief operating officer John Havens is also stepping down, notes the AP . "Now is the right time for someone else to take... More »

Citi Shareholder Revolt Bad News for Other Big Banks

Wells Fargo, Bank of America may have reason to worry

(Newser) - Now that shareholders have rejected Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit's $15 million pay package, all eyes are on Wells Fargo and Bank of America, both of which are holding their own "say on pay" votes in the coming weeks. The votes are required as part of post-financial crisis financial... More »

Shareholders to Citi CEO: No $15M Payday for You!

'There's good pay, and there's obscene pay'

(Newser) - Do you think Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit deserves to make $15 million? Neither do Citi's shareholders, who yesterday voted against a proposed pay package for the company's top five executives that would have given Pandit that payday, the New York Times reports. It's one of the few... More »

Citi Cutting 4,500 Jobs

Bank faces 'extremely challenging' conditions, CEO says

(Newser) - Citigroup plans to cut some 4,500 jobs—2% of its global workforce—in the coming months as it "faces an extremely challenging operating environment," CEO Vikram Pandit warns. Pandit, who has cut more than 100,000 jobs at Citi since taking charge in 2007, says regulatory changes... More »

Citi Boss Vikram Pandit Scores Huge Bonus

He'll make at least $23.2 million; had been earning $1

(Newser) - Vikram Pandit isn’t the lowest-paid guy on Wall Street anymore. Citigroup has rewarded its CEO, who has worked for a token $1 salary for the past two years, with a massive retention package. If the company hits its estimated performance, Pandit will make $23.2 million in stock and... More »

Citigroup to Repay $20B in TARP Loans

Will issue $17B in common stock to meet capital requirements

(Newser) - Citigroup and the US government have reached a deal that will allow the bank to repay $20 billion in TARP loans, after weeks of wrangling over the bank's health. Citi will raise $20.5 billion, $17 billion of it in common stock, the company said in a statement, a sign... More »

Banks Get Stress Test Grades

Pandit out at Citi?

(Newser) - The nation's biggest banks will start to learn how they did on the dreaded stress test today, reports the New York Times. Though the public won’t learn the results until May 4, analysts are predicting that many of the 19 banks will have to raise large amounts of new... More »

Citi Swings to Surprise $1.6B Profit—1st in 18 Months

(Newser) - 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... More »

Obama's Auto Crackdown Worries Bailed-Out Banks

After Wagoner ousting, financials fear similar fate

(Newser) - After the Obama administration kicked out GM’s boss and said two of the Big Three automakers may benefit from bankruptcy, CEOs of banks bailed out by the government are wondering if there's a bull's-eye on their backs, the Washington Post reports. The risk of such a crackdown has been... More »

US to Take 36% Stake in Citi

Treasury will take up to 40% of bank in return for boardroom overhaul

(Newser) - Citigroup and the federal government have reached a deal to boost the US stake in the bank to up to 40%, the parties announced this morning. The deal gives shareholders more protection, but in return, agrees to a Treasury Department demand for an overhaul of the embattled bank's board of... More »

Citi Struggles Under Fed Oversight, About to Get More

Tottering bank may give 40% of shares to Washington

(Newser) - Citigroup is in talks with Washington about a restructured deal that would see the US convert its 7.8% stake of preferred shares into up to 40% of common stock. The deal would provide Citi with desperately needed capital, but would place the bank under further control of the federal... More »

Bank Execs to Congress: We Are Lending

CEOs defend compensation, call for new regulation

(Newser) - “We’re lending,” bank executives told Congress this morning, as CEOs including Jamie Dimon, Ken Lewis, and Vikram Pandit testified before the House Financial Services Committee. They also defended the outrage-inducing (but, they stressed, much reduced) bonuses they handed out, according to their prepared testimony. “Our employees... More »

'Humbled' Bank CEOs Will Deny Blowing Bailout

Top bankers face grilling today from furious Congress

(Newser) - Bank bosses being grilled by Congress today will defend their use of bailout cash, according to prepared testimony obtained by Reuters. Chief executives from the eight biggest US banks arrive in Washington this morning—by public transportation instead of private jet this time—and are expected to strike a note... More »

Wary of Image, Financial A-Listers Ditch Glitzy Davos

Top bankers, Obama advisers to skip Swiss summit

(Newser) - The swanky Davos economic summit was once a top destination for financial and economic power players, but many are skipping the glitz this year for fear of sending the wrong message in a tanking economic climate, Reuters reports. Treasury secretary-designate Timothy Geithner is sitting out the resort event, as are... More »

Citi to Shrink by a Third— Back to Pre-Merger Size

(Newser) - Say goodbye to the Citigroup empire. When the company releases its earnings next week, it'll also unveil a drastic plan to slice away businesses until it’s roughly two-thirds of its current size, the Wall Street Journal reports, and looks much like Citicorp did before the merger that created Citigroup.... More »

Fed Push Likely Behind Citi Breakup

Citi's brokerage sale could signal regulators' plans for 'new order' in banking industry

(Newser) - The expected sale of Citigroup's brokerage business could be the first step in a government-instigated plan to cut the financial behemoth down to a manageable size, analysts tell Marketwatch. Citibank's CEO said only last month that the group had the right business mix, and many believe his sudden about-face is... More »

Citi Denies Rumors CEO Is on Chopping Block

Feds have criticized Pandit's strategy; company likely to see $6B quarterly loss

(Newser) - Even as it prepares a fourth-quarter report that’s expected to miss its target by billions, Citigroup says CEO Vikram Pandit’s job is safe, the Wall Street Journal reports. Pandit’s barely had the job a year, but rumors have flown he’d be a casualty of the company’... More »

Frantic Citigroup Considers Sell-Off

Merger or sale become options as bank scrambles to stop the drop

(Newser) - Citigroup is keeping all its options on the table as its share price plunges—including selling itself, insiders tell the Wall Street Journal.  The battered giant's share price plummeted another 26% yesterday—its worst one-day hit ever—chalking up an 83% dive for the year. Directors plan crisis talks... More »

Citi to Lay Off 10,000, Raise Credit Card Rates

Banking behemoth will shed 10,000 as it grasps for positive cash flow

(Newser) - Citigroup, seeking profitability after suffering net losses of $20 billion over the past year, is laying off at least 10,000 employees worldwide and raising rates on some credit card holders, the Wall Street Journal reports. Officials were told to trim employee compensation budgets by 25%, allowing managers to minimize... More »

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