Here’s a random bit of good news from the Wall Street Journal.
UBS analysts figure that Geithner & Co. are currently in the money to the tune of some $10 billion, since they converted $25 billion dollars in preferred shares — out of a $52 billion preferred stake — at a price of $3.25. “Each penny increase in the stock price produces a $76 [million] unrealized gain,” wrote UBS’ Glenn Schorr in a note out early Friday. Citi shares are currently trading around $4.70, since the end of July they’re up roughly 48%. …
Oh, and besides the cool $10 billion Treasury stands to net, Schorr points out that the government still has some has $27 billion in preferred shares that Citi needs to repay at some point, which could represent another $2 billion or so in annual return.
You may recall that back in July we noted the government had done quite well when Goldman Sachs repaid its TARP money also, so at least in some cases the taxpayers are earning some solid returns on these bailout/loans.
By Mark Biller
Mark Biller is Sound Mind Investing’s Executive Editor. His writings on a broad range of financial topics have been featured in a variety of national print and electronic media, and he has appeared as a financial commentator for various national and local radio programs. Mark is also the Senior Portfolio Manager of the SMI Funds.