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Citigroup Shares Gain as Q3 Results Beat Estimates (C)

New York-based banking giant, Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) reported results for the third quarter of 2012 ended Sep 30, 2012. Citi shares rose sharply as the company’s results beat Street estimates.

Revenues (excluding the CVA/DVA & loss on Minority Interest) increased 3% to $19,411 million. Net income (excl CVA/DVA, loss on Minority Interest and Tax benefits) rose 27% to $3,268 million.

Due to improvement in credit spreads, CVA/DVA was negative $776 million compared to a positive $1.9 billion in the prior year period.

Increase in total revenues was driven by 5% increase in segmental revenues from Citicorp and partially offset by 12% decline in Segmental revenues from Citi Holdings. Citi Corp had 15% growth in Securities and Banking, 2% growth in Global Consumer Banking and 2% decline in Transaction Services. Lower revenues in Local Consumer Lending and in Brokerage and Asset Management made the revenues to decline in Citi Holdings.

The 27% increase in net income from prior year is mainly due to increased revenues, 20% decrease in provision for credit losses and 2% decrease in operating expenses.

CEO Vikram Pandit said that the bank’s core businesses showed momentum during the quarter as it increased lending and generated higher operating revenues. Pandit further said that the earnings highlight the strength of Citicorp and its diversification by product and region.

As on Sep 30, 2012, Citi had total assets of $1,931,346 million including $33,802 million worth of cash and due from banks. The bank’s total liabilities were worth $1,742,608 million, among which it had deposits of $944,644 million. Total stockholders’ equity was $188,738 million including $1,961 worth of non controlling interests.

Citi’s shares have been trading so far today in the range of $35.2 and $36.47. At the last check, the stock was trading 4.72% higher at $36.3901, with volume up from daily average of 36.69 million to 41.23 million. The stock has gained more than 28% so far this year.


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