CitiDirector Refuses To Give Up CitiJet, CitiCopter, Bat Cave - Dealbreaker

CitiDirector Refuses To Give Up CitiJet, CitiCopter, Bat Cave


It is needed for those trips down top, you know, Mexico, and stuff. Seriously. That's a really long trip from the city. Really long. And boring. And since the commercials removed physical standards for flight attendants, well, you know- it is just undignified.

Citigroup Inc., the U.S. bank that got a $52 billion government bailout, said director Roberto Hernandez Ramirez will keep free use of company aircraft and an office after he steps down from the board in April.
Hernandez, 66, will keep the perks because he remains non- executive chairman of Citigroup subsidiary Banco Nacional de Mexico, Mike Hanretta, a spokesman for the New York-based bank, said in an interview. The benefits, also including helicopter use and security for Hernandez and his family, cost $2.61 million in 2007, according to a March 2008 regulatory filing.

Citi Director Hernandez to Keep Plane, Helicopter Usage, Office [Bloomberg]


Meredith Whitney: Citigroup Should Just Give Up

Earlier today, we wondered if, in light of the news that Vikram Pandit had resigned as CEO of Citigroup, analyst Meredith Whitney's opinion of the bank had changed. Choice comments that Whitney has made about the Big C in the past have included: "Citigroup is in such a mess Stephen Hawking couldn’t turn this company around"; "Citi is like an old broken-down Victorian house"; and Citi “has no earnings power, isn’t going to grow, hasn’t been investable in four years." She also once told Maria Bartiromo that the only way she'd change her mind about company would be if she received "a new brain." Still, sometimes analysts change their tune when new blood is brought in and, like former FDIC chair Sheila Bair, perhaps some of her beef with the bank had been a personal dislike of Uncle V. Now that he's gone, is she seeing Citigroup in a new light? Not so much, no. In the wake of CEO Vikram Pandit‘s surprise departure this morning, Whitney, founder and CEO of Meredith Whtney Advisory Group LLC, issued a note cautioning clients to be wary of Citigroup even under new leadership. “Citigroup is ‘the incredible shrinking bank,’ and the least interest of the big four, in our opinion,” Whitney said. “No CEO will be able to change these facts in the near-term. It appears the board feels the same way, as they have appointed an unknown to the outside to the new CEO position, Mike Corbat.” [...] On Tuesday, the stock has wavered between gains and losses on heavy trading volume in reaction to Pandit’s resignation. Shares are up 29% this year through Monday’s close. Despite signs of incremental improvement, Whitney isn’t backing down from her bearish stance. “Any seat in Citigroup’s court should come with a warning label,” Whitney says. Meredith Whitney: No CEO Can Fix Citigroup [WSJ] Earlier: Meredith Whitney Cannot Stress Enough How Little She Thinks Of Citigroup