Terms Agreement, dated March 19, 2020, among Citigroup Inc. (the Company) and the underwriters named therein, relating to the offer and sale of the Companys 5.316% Fixed Rate / Floating Rate Callable Senior Notes due March 26, 2041
March 19, 2020
388 Greenwich Street
New York, New York 10013
Attention: Assistant Treasurer
Ladies and Gentlemen:
We understand that Citigroup Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), proposes to issue and sell US$1,300,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 5.316% Fixed Rate / Floating Rate Callable Senior Notes Due 2041 (the “Securities”). Subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein or incorporated by reference herein, we, the entities listed on Annex A hereto, as underwriters (the “Underwriters”), offer to purchase, severally and not jointly, the principal amount of the Securities set forth opposite our respective names on the list attached as Annex A hereto at 99.125% of the principal amount thereof, plus accrued interest, if any, from the date of issuance. The Closing Date shall be March 26, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Time). The closing shall take place at the offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP located at One Liberty Plaza, New York, New York 10006.
The Securities shall have the terms set forth in Annex B hereto. The Securities shall be issuable as Registered Securities only. The Securities will be initially represented by one or more global Securities registered in the name of The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) or its nominees, as described in the Prospectus relating to the Securities. Beneficial interests in the Securities will be shown on, and transfers thereof will be effected only through, records maintained by DTC, Euroclear Bank S.A./N.V. and Clearstream International and their respective participants. Owners of beneficial interests in the Securities will be entitled to physical delivery of Securities in certificated form only under the limited circumstances described in the Prospectus. Principal and interest on the Securities shall be payable in United States dollars, and the record date for the Securities shall be the business day immediately preceding each Interest Payment Date (as defined in Annex B). Sections 12.02 and 12.03 of the indenture, dated as of November 13, 2013, between the Company and The Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee (the “Trustee”) (as amended from time to time, the “Indenture”) relating to defeasance and discharge and covenant defeasance, respectively, shall apply to the Securities.
All the provisions contained in the document entitled “Citigroup Inc.— Debt Securities — Underwriting Agreement — Basic Provisions” and dated October 17, 2016 (the “Basic Provisions”), a copy of which you have previously received, are herein incorporated by reference in their entirety and shall be deemed to be a part of this Terms Agreement to the same extent as if the Basic Provisions had been set forth in full herein, except for:
|•||Section 1(a), which is hereby deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following: “The Company meets the requirements for use of Form S-3 under the Act and has prepared and filed with the Commission a shelf registration statement (File No. 333-224495) for registration under the Act of the offering|
and sale of the Securities. Such Registration Statement, including all amendments thereto filed prior to the Execution Time, have become effective. The Company has filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b), a base prospectus related to the Securities, which has been previously furnished to you. The Company may have filed with the Commission, as part of an amendment to the Registration Statement or pursuant to Rule 424(b), one or more preliminary prospectus supplements relating to the Securities, each of which has previously been furnished to you. The Company will file with the Commission a final prospectus supplement relating to the Securities in accordance with Rule 424(b). As filed, such final prospectus supplement shall contain all information required by the Act and the rules thereunder, and, except to the extent the Representatives shall agree in writing to a modification, shall be in all substantive respects in the form furnished to you prior to the Execution Time or, to the extent not completed at the Execution Time, shall contain only such specific additional information and other changes (beyond that contained in the Base Prospectus and any Preliminary Prospectus) as the Company has advised you, prior to the Execution Time, will be included or made therein. The Registration Statement, at the Execution Time, meets the requirements set forth in Rule 415(a)(1)(x). The initial Effective Date of the Registration Statement was not earlier than the date three years before the Execution Time.”;
|•||Section 1(d), which is hereby deleted in its entirety and replaced with “Reserved”;|
|•||Section 1(e), which is hereby deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following: “(e)(i) At the earliest time after the filing of the Registration Statement that the Company or another offering participant made a bona fide offer (within the meaning of Rule 164(h)(2)) of the Securities and (ii) as of the Execution Time (with such time being used as the determination date for purposes of this clause (ii)), the Company met the requirements set forth in Rule 164(e)(2) with respect to ineligible issuer use of free writing prospectuses that contain only descriptions of the terms of the securities in the offering or the offering”;|
|•||Section 1(h), which is hereby deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following: “In connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries nor, to the knowledge of the Company, any director, officer, or employee of the Company or any of its subsidiaries has, as far as they are aware, breached or violated in any material way any applicable anti-bribery or anti-corruption laws or regulations, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 or the U.K. Bribery Act 2010, each as may be amended (“Anti-Bribery Laws”), and the Company and its subsidiaries have instituted and maintain policies and procedures reasonably designed to achieve compliance therewith. No part of the proceeds of the offering of the Securities will be used in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 or the U.K. Bribery Act 2010, each as|
may be amended.”;
|•||Section 1(i), which is hereby deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following: “The Company and its subsidiaries have and will continue to maintain policies and procedures reasonably designed to achieve compliance with applicable financial recordkeeping and reporting requirements and the money laundering statutes and the rules and regulations thereunder (collectively, the “Money Laundering Laws”).”;|
|•||Section 1(j), which is hereby deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following: “Neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries nor, to the knowledge of the Company, any director, officer, or employee of the Company or any of its subsidiaries (i) is, or is 50% or more owned by, an individual or entity that is currently the subject of any sanctions administered or imposed by the United States (including any administered or enforced by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department or the U.S. Department of State), the United Nations Security Council, the European Union, or the United Kingdom (including sanctions administered or controlled by Her Majesty’s Treasury) or other relevant sanctions authority (collectively, “Sanctions”) or (ii) is located, organized or resident in a country or territory that is the subject of Sanctions that broadly prohibit dealings with that country or territory or (iii) will use the proceeds of this offering, or lend, contribute or otherwise make available such proceeds to any subsidiary, joint venture partner or other person to fund any activities or business with any individual or entity, or in any country or territory that, at the time of such funding, is the subject of Sanctions, except to the extent permissible under the Sanctions.”; and|
|•||Section 1(k), which is hereby deleted in its entirety.|
Terms defined in the Basic Provisions are used herein as therein defined. The Execution Time means 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).
The Underwriters hereby agree in connection with the underwriting of the Securities to comply with the requirements set forth in any applicable sections of Rule 5121 of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.
Notwithstanding any other term of this Terms Agreement or any other agreements, arrangements, or understanding between the parties hereto, the Company and each of the Underwriters acknowledges, accepts, and agrees to be bound by the following:
|(a)||In the event that the Company or any Underwriter that is a Covered Entity becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime, the transfer from such entity of this Terms Agreement, and any interest and obligation in or under this Terms Agreement, will be effective to the same extent as the transfer would be effective under|
the U.S. Special Resolution Regime if this Terms Agreement, and any such interest and obligation, were governed by the laws of the United States or a state of the United States.
|(b)||In the event that the Company or any Underwriter that is a Covered Entity or a BHC Act Affiliate of such entity becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime, Default Rights under this Terms Agreement that may be exercised against such entity are permitted to be exercised to no greater extent than such Default Rights could be exercised under the U.S. Special Resolution Regime if this Terms Agreement were governed by the laws of the United States or a state of the United States.|
Subject to the immediately preceding provisions, and notwithstanding any other term of this Terms Agreement or any other agreements, arrangements, or understanding between the parties hereto, each Underwriter acknowledges, accepts, and agrees that (a) it may exercise Default Rights (as defined below) under this Terms Agreement only to the extent permitted and as provided under 12 C.F.R. § 252.84 and (b), after a BHC Act Affiliate of a party that is a Covered Entity has become subject to Insolvency Proceedings, it shall have the burden of proof, by clear and convincing evidence, that the exercise of such Default Right is permitted hereunder.
As used in the immediately preceding paragraph, “BHC Act Affiliate” has the meaning assigned to the term “affiliate” in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 U.S.C. § 1841(k); “Covered Entity” means any of the following: (i) a “covered entity” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 252.82(b), (ii) a “covered bank” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 47.3(b) or (iii) a “covered FSI” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 382.2(b); “Default Right” has the meaning assigned to that term in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. §§ 252.81, 47.2 or 382.1, as applicable; “Insolvency Proceedings” means a receivership, insolvency, liquidation, resolution, or similar proceeding; and “U.S. Special Resolution Regime” means each of (i) the Federal Deposit Insurance Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder and (ii) Title II of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder.
Notwithstanding any other term of this Agreement or any other agreements, arrangements, or understanding between any relevant Underwriter and the Company, the Company acknowledges, accepts, and agrees to be bound by:
|(a)||The effect of the exercise of Bail-in Powers by the Relevant Resolution Authority in relation to any BRRD Liability of any relevant Underwriter to the Company under this Agreement, that (without limitation) may include and result in any of the following, or some combination thereof:|
|(i)||the reduction of all, or a portion, of the BRRD Liability or outstanding amounts due thereon;|
|(ii)||the conversion of all, or a portion, of the BRRD Liability into shares, other debt securities or other obligations of any relevant Underwriter or another person (and the issue to or conferral on the Company of such shares, securities or obligations);|
|(iii)||the cancellation of the BRRD Liability; and|
|(iv)||the amendment or alteration of any interest, if applicable, thereon, the maturity or the dates on which any payments are due, including by suspending payment for a temporary period.|
|(b)||The variation of the terms of this Agreement, as deemed necessary by the Relevant Resolution Authority, to give effect to the exercise of Bail-in Powers by the Relevant Resolution Authority.|
As used in this paragraph, “Bail-in Legislation” means in relation to a member state of the European Economic Area which has implemented, or which at any time implements, the BRRD, the relevant implementing law, regulation, rule or requirement as described in the EU Bail-in Legislation Schedule from time to time; “Bail-in Powers” means any Write-down and Conversion Powers as defined in relation to the relevant Bail-in Legislation; “BRRD” means Directive 2014/59/EU establishing a framework for the recovery and resolution of credit institutions and investment firms; “EU Bail-in Legislation Schedule” means the document described as such, then in effect, and published by the Loan Market Association (or any successor person) from time to time at http://www.lma.eu.com/; “BRRD Liability” has the same meaning as in such laws, regulations, rules or requirements implementing the BRRD under the applicable Bail-in Legislation; and “Relevant Resolution Authority” means the resolution authority with the ability to exercise any Bail-in Powers in relation to the relevant Underwriters.
European Economic Area and United Kingdom
Each Underwriter represents and agrees that no Securities which are the subject of the offering contemplated by the Prospectus Supplement may be offered, sold or otherwise made available to any retail investor in the European Economic Area or in the United Kingdom. For the purposes of this provision:
(a) the expression “retail investor” means a person who is one (or more) of the following:
(1) a retail client as defined in point (11) of Article 4(1) of Directive 2014/65/EU (“MiFID II”); or
(2) a customer within the meaning of Directive (EU) 2016/97 (the “Insurance Distribution Directive”), where that customer would not qualify as a professional client as defined in point (10) of Article 4(1) of MiFID II; or
(3) not a qualified investor as defined in the Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the “Prospectus Regulation”); and
(b) the expression “offer” includes the communication in any form and by any means of sufficient information on the terms of the offer and the Securities to be offered so as to enable an investor to decide to purchase or subscribe the Securities.
Additionally, in the United Kingdom, the Prospectus Supplement and the accompanying Prospectus is being distributed only to, and is directed only at qualified investors within the meaning of Article 2(1)(e) of the Prospectus Directive who are, (i) persons who have professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within Article 19 (5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended, or the Order, and/or (ii) high net worth companies (or persons to whom it may otherwise be lawfully communicated) falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order, which persons together we refer to in this prospectus as “relevant persons.” Accordingly, each Underwriter represents and agrees that such documents and/or materials are not being distributed to, and must not be passed on to, the general public in the United Kingdom. The Prospectus Supplement and the accompanying Prospectus must not be acted on or relied on in the United Kingdom by persons who are not relevant persons. In the United Kingdom, any investment or investment activity to which this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus relates is only available to, and will be engaged in with, relevant persons only.
No prospectus (including any amendment, supplement or replacement thereto) has been prepared in connection with the offering of the Securities that has been approved by the Autorité des marchés financiers or by the competent authority of another State that is a contracting party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area and notified to the Autorité des marchés financiers; each Underwriter represents and agrees that no Securities have been offered or sold nor will be offered or sold, directly or indirectly, to the public in France; each Underwriter represents and agrees that the prospectus or any other offering material relating to the Securities have not been distributed or caused to be distributed and will not be distributed or caused to be distributed to the public in France; such offers, sales and distributions have been and shall only be made in France to persons licensed to provide the investment service of portfolio management for the account of third parties, qualified investors (investisseurs qualifiés) and/or a restricted circle of investors (cercle restreint d’investisseurs), in each case investing for their own account, all as defined in Articles L. 411-2, D. 411-1, D. 411-2, D. 411-4, D. 734-1, D.744-1, D. 754-1 and D. 764-1 of the Code monétaire et financier. Each Underwriter represents and agrees that the direct or indirect distribution to the public in France of any so acquired Securities may be made only as provided by Articles L. 411-1, L. 411-2, L. 412-1 and L. 621-8 to L. 621-8-3 of the Code monétaire et financier and applicable regulations thereunder.
(a) has not offered or sold and will not offer or sell in Hong Kong, by means of any document, any Securities other than to (i) “professional investors” as defined in the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571) of Hong Kong and any rules made under that Ordinance; or (ii) in other circumstances which do not result in the document being a “prospectus” as defined in the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 32) of Hong Kong or which do not constitute an offer to the public within the meaning of that Ordinance; and
(b) has not issued or had in its possession for the purposes of issue, and will not issue or have in its possession for the purposes of issue, whether in Hong Kong or elsewhere, any advertisement, invitation or document relating to the Securities, which is directed at, or the contents of which are or are likely to be accessed or read by, the public in Hong Kong (except if permitted to do so under securities laws of Hong Kong) other than with respect to Securities which are or are intended to be disposed of only to persons outside Hong Kong or only to “professional investors” within the meaning of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571) of Hong Kong and any rules made under that Ordinance.
The Securities have not been and will not be registered under the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law of Japan (the “FIEA”). Each Underwriter represents and agrees that it has not and will not offer or sell, directly or indirectly, any of the Securities in Japan or to, or for the account or benefit of, any resident of Japan (including any corporation or other entity organized under the laws of Japan), or to, or for the account or benefit of, any resident of Japan for reoffering or resale, directly or indirectly, in Japan or to, or for the account or benefit of, any resident of Japan except (1) pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of, or otherwise in compliance with, the FIEA and (2) in compliance with the other applicable laws, regulations and governmental guidelines of Japan.
The Prospectus Supplement and accompanying Prospectus relating to this offering have not been and will not be registered as a prospectus with the Monetary Authority of Singapore under the Securities and Futures Act (Chapter 289 of Singapore) (the “SFA”). Accordingly, each Underwriter has not offered or sold any Securities or caused the Securities to be made the subject of an invitation for subscription or purchase and will not offer or sell any Securities or cause the Securities to be made the subject of an invitation for subscription or purchase, and has not circulated or distributed, nor will it circulate or distribute, such Prospectus Supplement and accompanying Prospectus or any other document or material in connection with the offer or sale, or invitation for subscription or purchase, of the Securities, whether directly or indirectly, to persons in Singapore other than (i) to an institutional investor under Section 274 of the SFA, (ii) to a Relevant Person, or any person pursuant to Section 275(1A), and in accordance with the conditions, specified in Section 275 of the SFA or (iii) otherwise pursuant to, and in accordance with the conditions of, any other applicable provision of the SFA.
Each Underwriter will notify (whether through the distribution of the Prospectus Supplement and accompanying Prospectus relating to this offering or otherwise) each of the following Relevant Persons specified in Section 275 of the SFA which has subscribed or purchased Securities from or through that Underwriter, namely a person which is:
(a) a corporation (which is not an accredited investor (as defined in Section 4A of the SFA)) the sole business of which is to hold investments and the entire share capital of which is owned by one or more individuals, each of whom is an accredited investor; or
(b) a trust (where the trustee is not an accredited investor) whose sole purpose is to hold investments and each beneficiary is an accredited investor, that shares, debentures and units of shares and debentures of that corporation or the beneficiaries’ rights and interest in that trust shall not be transferable for 6 months after that corporation or that trust has acquired the Securities under Section 275 of the SFA except:
(1) to an institutional investor (for corporations, under Section 274 of the SFA) or to a Relevant Person defined in Section 275(2) of the SFA, or to any person pursuant to an offer that is made on terms that such shares, debentures and units of shares and debentures of that corporation or such rights and interest in that trust are acquired at a consideration of not less than $200,000 (or its equivalent in a foreign currency) for each transaction, whether such amount is to be paid for in cash or by exchange of securities or other assets, and further for corporations, in accordance with the conditions specified in Section 275 of the SFA; or
(2) where no consideration is given for the transfer; or
(3) by operation of law.
Solely for the purposes of its obligations pursuant to sections 309B(1)(a) and 309B(1)(c) of the SFA, the Company has determined, and hereby notifies all relevant persons (as defined in Section 309A of the SFA) that the Securities are "prescribed capital markets products" (as defined in the Securities and Futures (Capital Markets Products) Regulations 2018) and Excluded Investment Products (as defined in MAS Notice SFA 04-N12: Notice on the Sale of Investment Products and MAS Notice FAA-N16: Notice on Recommendations on Investment Products).
Barbara Politi, Esq., Assistant General Counsel – Capital Markets of the Company, is counsel to the Company. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is special tax counsel to the Company and counsel to the Underwriters.
Please accept this offer no later than 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on March 19, 2020 by signing a copy of this Terms Agreement in the space set forth below and returning the signed copy to us, or by sending us a written acceptance in the following form:
“We hereby accept your offer, set forth in the Terms Agreement, dated March 19, 2020, to purchase the Securities on the terms set forth therein.”
|Very truly yours,|
|CITIGROUP GLOBAL MARKETS INC.,|
|on behalf of the Underwriters named herein|
|By:||/s/ Adam D. Bordner|
|Name: Adam D. Bordner|
|By:||/s/ Elissa Steinberg|
|Name: Elissa Steinberg|
|Title: Assistant Treasurer|
|Name of Underwriter||Principal Amount|
|Citigroup Global Markets Inc.||$||988,000,000|
|BBVA Securities Inc.||$||13,000,000|
|BMO Capital Markets Corp.||$||13,000,000|
|Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.||$||13,000,000|
|DZ Financial Markets LLC||$||13,000,000|
|ING Financial Markets LLC||$||13,000,000|
|Lloyds Securities Inc.||$||13,000,000|
|PNC Capital Markets LLC||$||13,000,000|
|RBC Capital Markets, LLC||$||13,000,000|
|Santander Investment Securities Inc.||$||13,000,000|
|SG Americas Securities, LLC||$||13,000,000|
|TD Securities (USA) LLC||$||13,000,000|
|UBS Securities LLC||$||13,000,000|
|Banca IMI S.p.A.||$||6,500,000|
|Barclays Capital Inc.||$||6,500,000|
|BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC||$||6,500,000|
|Cabrera Capital Markets LLC||$||6,500,000|
|Capital One Securities, Inc.||$||6,500,000|
|CIBC World Markets Corp.||$||6,500,000|
|Commerz Markets LLC||$||6,500,000|
|Danske Markets Inc.||$||6,500,000|
|Desjardins Securities Inc.||$||6,500,000|
|Fifth Third Securities, Inc.||$||6,500,000|
|Great Pacific Securities||$||6,500,000|
|HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.||$||6,500,000|
|Loop Capital Markets LLC||$||6,500,000|
|Mizuho Securities USA LLC||$||6,500,000|
|MUFG Securities Americas Inc.||$||6,500,000|
|Multi-Bank Securities, Inc.||$||6,500,000|
|Natixis Securities Americas LLC||$||6,500,000|
|Nomura Securities International, Inc.||$||6,500,000|
|Penserra Securities LLC||$||6,500,000|
|Roberts & Ryan Investments Inc.||$||6,500,000|
|Samuel A. Ramirez & Company, Inc.||$||6,500,000|
|Scotia Capital (USA) Inc.||$||6,500,000|
|SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc.||$||6,500,000|
|UniCredit Capital Markets LLC||$||6,500,000|
FINAL TERM SHEET