Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Citi will do reverse stock split and resumes dividend

Yesterday, Citigroup (C) announced that it will reverse stock split of 10-to-1, every 10 shares of its stock will be exchanged for 1 new share as of May 6.  This means if today you have 1000 units of C, after May 6, you will have only 100 units of C, but the stock price will reflect accordingly.  This reverse stock split exercise will reduces the amount of Citi shares outstanding from 29 billion to 2.9 billion.

Citigroup will also pays a dividend of 1c for every share held.  The CEO of Citigroup commented that it will only start pay higher dividend or share buyback in year 2012.

One should not be too worried by this move as it is necessary for Citigroup to reduce the number of outstanding shares for a better future prospect.

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