CITI SELLS DINERS CLUB NORTH AMERICA BUSINESS
New York - November 24, 2009 – Citi today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Diners Club North America card business to BMO Financial Group (BMO). The deal gives BMO exclusive rights to issue Diners cards in the U.S. and Canada.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The sale is anticipated to reduce Citi’s assets in Citi Holdings by approximately $1 billion and is not expected to have a material impact on Citi’s net income or capital ratios. The transaction is expected to close by March 31, 2010 and is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.
The sale of this business is consistent with Citi’s strategy to optimize the assets and businesses within Citi Holdings while working to generate long-term profitability and growth from Citicorp, which comprises its core franchise. Citi continues to make progress on its strategy and will continue to pursue opportunities within Citi Holdings that create the most value for stakeholders.
Citi, the leading global financial services company, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 140 countries. Through its two operating units, Citicorp and Citi Holdings, Citi 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 or www.citi.com.
Statements regarding the asset, net income and/or capital ratio impact of the transaction, as well as the continued pursuit of opportunities within Citi Holdings, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 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 completion of the analysis of the impact of the transaction to Citi and the continued successful execution of Citi’s strategy with respect to Citi Holdings. For a discussion of additional risks and uncertainties that may affect Citi’s future results, see Citi’s periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and available on www.sec.gov or www.citigroup.com.