Citigroup in $93.9 Million ELKS Offering Based on Altera Common Stock
October 5, 2005
Cleary Gottlieb represented Citigroup Global Markets Inc., as placement agent, in Citigroup Funding’s $93.9 million offering of 7% ELKS® Mandatorily Exchangeable into the Class A Common Stock of Altera Corporation, due 2006. Cleary also acted as special tax counsel to the issuer in the transaction.
The ELKS, issued under a medium-term note program, are unsecured senior debt securities that offer investors the possibility of receiving a greater payment at maturity than they would otherwise receive on a Citigroup Funding bond of comparable maturity. Investors receive at maturity a number of shares of Altera Class A common stock based on a specified exchange ratio. The ratio is subject to a cap price that limits investors’ share of any appreciation in the value of Altera Class A common stock to approximately 21.60% of the original price of the common stock. The payments due under the ELKS are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by Citigroup Inc.
Medium-term note programs allow issuers to “take down” securities off their existing shelf registration statements with minimal transaction costs. These reduced costs facilitate offerings of smaller amounts of securities than would otherwise occur, and they assist issuers in managing their liabilities and cash more precisely. Often, an entire issue is sold to a particular end purchaser (usually a pension fund, mutual fund or other institutional investor). In many cases the end purchaser actually initiates the transaction, specifying the characteristics of the security it wants to buy and approaching the issuer (or the investment bank acting as agent for the program) to request issuance of a security meeting those characteristics.