Vikram’s Goose Cooked? Citigroup Shares Plunge, Again

Citigroup’s shares fell sharply for the second day in a row.

On Thursday, Citigroup shares fell over 26% to $4.71, marking the second day the bank’s shares have dropped so sharply. In intra-day trading, Citigroup’s shares fell as low as $4.39.

The stock fell 23% the previous day.

Here are the two big questions now:

1. Is Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit’s goose cooked?
2. Will Vikram Pandit preside over the demise of Citigroup?

We have said for some time now that this fella Vikram Pandit is the wrong man for a difficult job.

Sure, the guy inherited a mess from his predecessor Charles Prince but what’s Vikram Pandit been doing since becoming CEO.

After all, Vikram’s supposed to be a veteran (at least in theory) of Wall Street and he has been in the CEO’s seat for over 11 months now.

Other than firing 73,000 employees this year, Vikram Pandit seems to have done little else of significance so far.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reports that Citigroup’s India chief Sanjay Nayar has quit to take up a position at private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis & Robert. Nayar will be Chief Executive of KKR India.

The Journal is also reporting that Citigroup’s Indian unit will fire over 1,000 employees with the majority of the layoffs coming from its CitiFinancial lending arm. Citigroup India is said to have 7,000 employees in retail banking, 3,000 in corporate and investment banking and some 2,000 people in its technology services outsourcing unit.

3 Responses to "Vikram’s Goose Cooked? Citigroup Shares Plunge, Again"

  1. SRINIVAS   November 21, 2008 at 12:21 am

    if he manages to keep Citi afloat in these trying times … so that it can grow in the future ..that’s a achievement in itself …

    Stock Markets don’t reflect the true nature of the company …this should have been well understood by all after Enron … or at least after Bear Stains & Lehman Responds:

    Today’s Wall Street Journal (subscription required) has a Front Page story on Citigroup. Here’s an excerpt:

    Executives at Citigroup Inc., faced with a plunging stock price, began weighing the possibility of auctioning off pieces of the financial giant or even selling the company outright, according to people familiar with the matter.

  2. joeantony   November 24, 2008 at 1:29 am

    You are gonna hate this.. Responds:


    Citi should be allowed to die. This is not Capitalism.

  3. SRINIVAS   November 24, 2008 at 1:46 am

    The building (also an asset) wherein Bear Stains was housed was worth much more than the amount paid for it ..

    Vikram Pandit is being accussed of not acting fast enough in terms of taking measures to cut costs – whether selling assets or laying off people …and then the recent outrage over laying off 52000 people …either way you cannot change the fundmentals unless the market improves or there is aid from the govt … Responds:

    You write above: The building (also an asset) wherein Bear Stains was housed

    Not sure if you are deliberately misspelling Bear Stearns by referring to it as Bear Stains. You used the Stains version on Nov.21 as well.

    Anyway, we think Stains is more appropriate for this crappy firm (now effectively dead).

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