BOSTON, MA // DECEMBER 11, 2012: Trillium Asset Management LLC, on behalf of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, along with the AFSCME Employees Pension Plan recently filed a shareholder proposal with Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) asking the company’s board of directors to explore a possible separation of one or more of its business units.
US banking and financial analyst Mike Mayo, of CLSA, which is Asia’s leading and longest running independent brokerage and investment group, has published a research piece supporting the resolution.
“[T]his proposal is about disclosure, which is poor at Citi as it fails to disclose capital and returns by business line (in contrast to peers)”, Mayo writes. “… [Trillium’s] Citi proposal is solely financially based despite the firm’s view and mandate that it be socially responsible, too”, Mayo continues. “Trillium’s view is that the onus is on Citi as to why it should not break up. We agree.”
“We are very pleased to have Mike Mayo, a respected banking analyst, endorse our view that the Board of Directors of Citigroup would best serve their shareholders by studying the merits of various strategic restructuring scenarios closely to determine the correct path forward”, said Trillium’s Financial Services Equity analyst, Seth Magaziner. “There are many attractive business units at Citigroup, but the company’s stock continues to trade at depressed levels. Freeing some of these businesses from the overhang of the complex and risky parent company could potentially unlock significant value for shareholders.” Magaziner concluded.
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