The Citigroup bailout is officially over: The U.S. Treasury has sold the last of its shares of the bank. Overall, the U.S. government netted $12 billion in profit from the $45 billion bailout.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced Thursday that it has sold all of the trust preferred Citigroup shares it held for a net profit to the taxpayer of $2.246 billion. In addition, Treasury also announced it sold 1.5 billion shares of Citigroup common stock, according to a plan announced in July, lowering its stake in the bailed out bank from 18% to 12.4%.
The U.S. Treasury Department announced that it's planning to sell another 1.5 billion shares of Citigroup common stock, part of its effort to recoup some of $700 billion it invested in bailing out the financial system.