The Federal Reserve Board today announced that it does not object to the planned capital actions requested by Citi as part of the 2019 Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review.
The planned capital actions include an increase of Citi’s quarterly common stock dividend from $0.45 to $0.51 per share (subject to quarterly approval by Citi’s Board of Directors), as well as a common stock repurchase program of up to $17.1 billion during the four quarters starting in the third quarter of 2019. These planned capital actions total $21.5 billion over the four quarters covered by the 2019 CCAR cycle.
Citi CEO Michael Corbat said: “At Citi’s Investor Day in 2017, we announced our goal to return at least $60 billion in capital to common shareholders across three consecutive CCAR cycles, subject to regulatory approval. When the capital actions announced today are complete, that goal will be achieved. Looking ahead, we are focused on continuing to serve our clients with distinction, improving returns for our shareholders and making the investments necessary to ensure safety and soundness.”
Repurchases by Citi under the common stock repurchase program may be effected from time to time through open market purchases, trading plans established in accordance with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules or other means, depending on satisfactory market conditions, applicable legal requirements and other factors. The common stock repurchase program does not obligate Citi to repurchase any particular amount of common stock, and it may be suspended at any time at Citi’s discretion.
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