Singapore GIC says cuts stake in Citi to below 5 pct

martes 22 de septiembre de 2009 10:16 CEST

SINGAPORE, Sept 22 (Reuters) - The Government of Singapore Investment Corp (GIC) said on Tuesday it has cut its stake in Citigroup (C.N: Cotización) to below 5 percent through open market sales.

GIC held more than 9 percent of Citi on Sept 11, when it converted its preference shares in the U.S. bank to ordinary shares at $3.25 per share.

"A stake below 5 percent reflects GIC's goals and desire to be a portfolio investor," the Singapore sovereign wealth fund said in a statement.

"GIC will continue its investment in Citigroup as we are confident of its long-term prospects," it added. (Reporting by Kevin Lim and Saeed Azhar; Editing by Anshuman Daga)