|DECEMBER 10, 2004|
|Knight Trading Group Completes Sale of Derivative Markets Business to Citigroup For Approximately $237 Million in Cash|
|Sale was effective as of the close of business on Thursday, December 9
JERSEY CITY, N.J., Dec 10, 2004 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Knight Trading Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NITE) today announced the closing of the sale of Knight's Derivative Markets business to a subsidiary of Citigroup, Inc. (NYSE: C). The sale was effective as of the close of business on December 9, 2004 for approximately $237 million in cash.
Under the terms of the agreement, Citigroup paid Knight approximately $237 million in cash at close for substantially all of the assets and the assumption of certain liabilities of Knight's Derivative Markets business operated by its subsidiaries Knight Financial Products LLC and Knight Execution Partners LLC. The final purchase price is subject to adjustment based on the adjusted book value of the Derivative Markets business at the time the deal closed. This transaction was originally announced on August 9, 2004.
Knight's equity investment in the International Securities Exchange was not included in, and will not be affected by, the transaction, but Citigroup did purchase Knight's membership rights on the exchange.
"I am pleased to announce the completion of the sale of Knight's Derivative Markets business to Citigroup," said Thomas M. Joyce, Chief Executive Officer and President of Knight Trading Group. "This transaction will allow Derivative Markets to capitalize on its potential as part of a larger company. Additionally, the sale will enable Knight to fulfill our long- term strategy of focusing on our Equity Markets and Asset Management business segments, which we believe present the best opportunities for Knight to meet our clients' needs. I wish all Derivative Markets employees well and thank them for their hard work and contributions during the years they have bee with Knight."
Raymond James & Associates, Inc. acted as financial advisor and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP acted as legal advisor to Knight Trading Group.
About Knight Trading Group
Knight is focused on meeting the needs of institutional and broker-dealer clients by providing comprehensive trade execution services in equities. A leading execution specialist, Knight offers capital commitment and access to a deep pool of liquidity across the depth and breadth of the equity market. Knight also operates an asset management business for institutions and high net worth individuals. To be a valued partner, Knight strives to provide superior client service and will continue to tailor its offering to meet the needs of its clients. More information about Knight can be obtained at http://www.knighttradinggroup.com.
Citigroup's Global Corporate & Investment Banking Group is a leading force in the world's capital markets and consists of three business lines: Global Banking, Capital Markets, and Transaction Services. Citigroup provides more industry-leading solutions to more clients in more countries than any of its competitors. No other company serving the capital markets offers Citigroup's geographic reach, local presence, product scope, expertise, and high standards.
Citigroup (NYSE: C), the preeminent global financial services company has some 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 100 countries, providing consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, insurance, securities brokerage, and asset management. Major brand names under Citigroup's trademark red umbrella include Citibank, CitiFinancial, Primerica, Smith Barney, Banamex, and Travelers Life and Annuity. Additional information may be found at http://www.citigroup.com
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