Although Wachovia was recently saved by Citi and the FDIC, Wells Fargo stepped into the picture with a better offer. In this deal, Wells Fargo would take on all of Wachovia, including deposits, brokerage, and investment management, for $15 billion. Earlier this week, Citi offered $2.2 for Wachovia’s banking operations only.
If the Wells Fargo deal goes through, and Citi will do everything in its power to attempt to stop that from happening, shareholders of Wachovia would receive about one-fifth a share in Wells Fargo for every share in Wachovia.
While Citi’s offer relied on the FDIC for financial assistance, Wells Fargo can go through with the transaction without help from the government. The FDIC, however, is in favor of the Citi’s deal.
The banking landscape continues to change.