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Citi Sells Diners Club North America Business


New York – Citi today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Diners Club North America card business to BMO Financial Group (BMO). The deal gives BMO exclusive rights to issue Diners cards in the U.S. and Canada.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The sale is anticipated to reduce Citi’s assets in Citi Holdings by approximately $1 billion and is not expected to have a material impact on Citi’s net income or capital ratios. The transaction is expected to close by March 31, 2010 and is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

The sale of this business is consistent with Citi’s strategy to optimize the assets and businesses within Citi Holdings while working to generate long-term profitability and growth from Citicorp, which comprises its core franchise. Citi continues to make progress on its strategy and will continue to pursue opportunities within Citi Holdings that create the most value for stakeholders


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