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Oct 08

TARP Report, Reveals that the US Tax payers are just continuing to bailout the big banks, without a job to pay the taxes!

WASHINGTON – On the heels of the recent expiration of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) on October 3, the U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the release of a “Two-year Retrospective” report on TARP.

The report provides a comprehensive overview of the steps that Treasury took under TARP to contain a growing financial panic that gripped our country in late 2008 and early 2009. The program played a critical role in recapitalizing the financial sector and restarting the credit markets, which made it possible for businesses, municipalities, and families to borrow again, so that our economy could recover.

According to the report, in light of the recently announced AIG restructuring and when valued at current market prices, Treasury now estimates that the total cost of TARP will be about $50 billion. In addition, using the same assumptions, Treasury estimates that the combined cost of TARP programs and other Treasury interests in AIG will be about $30 billion. (For a full description of cost estimates, please see pages 3-5 of the report.)  

Treasury Announces Further Sales of Citigroup Securities and Cumulative Return to Taxpayers of $41.6 Billion

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced today that it priced a secondary offering of all Citigroup trust preferred securities (TruPS®) received pursuant to the Asset Guarantee Program (AGP).  The aggregate gross proceeds from the offering, all of which represent a net gain or profit to the taxpayer under the AGP, will be $2.246 billion.  The closing of the TruPS® sale is expected to occur on Tuesday, October 5, 2010.  The entirety of Treasury’s proceeds from this sale represents a profit to taxpayers, because Treasury did not incur any losses on the Citigroup assets it guaranteed in exchange for these TruPS®.

Treasury also announced today the sale of 1.5 billion shares of Citigroup common stock pursuant to the completion of its third trading plan with Morgan Stanley as sales agent.  To date, Treasury has sold approximately 4.1 billion shares of Citigroup common stock for gross proceeds of approximately $16.4 billion.  Treasury currently owns approximately 3.6 billion shares of Citigroup common stock, representing 12.4% ownership of the outstanding common stock.  Treasury expects to continue selling its shares in the market in an orderly fashion, after the blackout period set by Citigroup related to its third quarter earnings release ends.

Treasury invested a total of $45 billion in Citigroup pursuant to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).  To date, the combined proceeds to the taxpayer from the sale of the TruPS® and Citigroup common stock, together with Citigroup repayments, dividends and other distributions received to date, total $41.6 billion.  The remaining shares of Citigroup common stock held by Treasury have a value of $14.0 billion at today’s closing price.  In addition, the taxpayer will ultimately receive proceeds from the sale of the warrants for Citigroup common stock received under TARP as well as the sale of up to $800 million in TruPS® held by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for Treasury’s benefit.

On the TruPS® sale, BofA Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, UBS Investment Bank, and Wells Fargo Securities acted as joint lead managers and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. acted as global coordinator but not as underwriter or sales agent.  On the common stock sale, Morgan Stanley acted as sales agent.