Citi Sells Canadian MasterCard Business


Toronto (AllPayNews) – Citi today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Canadian MasterCard business to the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

Terms of the sale were not disclosed. The sale will reduce Citi's assets in Citi Holdings by approximately $2 billion (Cdn) and is not expected to have a material impact on Citi's net income or capital ratios. The transaction is expected to close by October 31, 2010, and is subject to regulatory approvals and usual closing conditions for such sales.

"This transaction demonstrates the continued progress we are making in our efforts to divest non-core assets," said Vikram Pandit, Chief Executive Officer of Citi. "Our team continues to pursue opportunities to reduce assets in Citi Holdings in a way that will create value for our stakeholders."

"Citi remains committed to delivering on its global strategy in Canada which includes a focus on the growth of our core businesses," Mr. Pandit added. "With this sale behind us, we will continue to focus on growing our Global Banking, Global Transaction Services and Citi Private Bank organizations, leveraging Citi's unique global reach to the benefit of our clients."

The sale of this business is consistent with Citi's strategy to reduce the assets and businesses within Citi Holdings in an economically rational manner while working to generate long-term profitability and growth from Citicorp, which comprises its core franchise.