Archive for November 24th, 2008

Tagged and Bagged

Monday, November 24th, 2008

To be clear, this is not a “bad bank” model. Assets are not, apparently, being taken off the Citi balance sheet and put into another entity walled off from the Citi biological host. Instead, they are being left on the Citi balance sheet, but tagged and bagged for eventual disposal via taxpayers.

Three hundred billion, no existing management turnover, no forced breakup for a “too big to fail” company that did, and the former management, which walked away a year or so ago, is sitting on beach earning twenty percent.

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The auto-makers are next on the list…

I wonder who’s next in line after that?

The details –

In short: (a) Citi gets another $27 billion on the same terms as the first $25 billion, except that the interest rate is now 8% instead of 5%, and there is a cap on dividends of $0.01 per share per quarter; and (b) the government (Treasury, FDIC, Fed) agrees to absorb 90% of losses above $29 billion on a $306 billion slice of Citi’s assets, made up of residential and commercial mortgage-backed securities. (If triggered, some of that guarantee will be provided as a loan from the Fed.) There is also a warrant to buy up to $2.7 billion worth of common stock (I presume) at a staggeringly silly price of $10.61 per share (Citi closed at $3.77 on Friday).

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Our Congress (Democrat and Republican) approved this. Maybe we should have thrown them all out?

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