Friday, June 27, 2008

Citigroup thinks Barclays needs more

Well you don't say:

June 27 (Bloomberg) -- Barclays Plc, Britain's fourth-biggest bank, may need an additional 9 billion pounds ($17.9 billion) to absorb credit-related writedowns and bring its capital in line with U.K. peers, Citigroup Inc. said.
The London-based bank will raise 4.5 billion pounds in a share sale announced earlier this week, lifting its core-equity Tier 1 capital ratio to 5.8 percent from slightly below 5 percent, said London-based analysts led by Tom Rayner in a research note today. That will lag behind Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc and make Barclays Europe's ninth weakest bank in terms of capital, said Rayner, who has a ``sell'' rating on the stock.
``With credit market conditions continuing to deteriorate globally, we believe it is simply a matter of time before further significant writedowns are taken,'' Rayner said.
Barclays spokesman Alistair Smith couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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