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Citi US high-yield credit analysts exit as bank disbands team

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Citigroup Inc is disbanding its US high-yield debt research team, cutting jobs while assigning some members of the group to other roles, according to people familiar with the matter.

[NEW YORK] Citigroup Inc is disbanding its US high-yield debt research team, cutting jobs while assigning some members of the group to other roles, according to people familiar with the matter.

Among the moves is managing director Manish Somaiya, who covered auto and industrial debt and is departing the bank. David Phipps, James Yoon and Bill Henry are also exiting. The disbanding doesn't affect the bank's macro strategist group.

Members of the research team either declined to comment or did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

"Citi remains fully committed to its leveraged business," spokesman Scott Helfman said in a statement. "We will continue to invest in our infrastructure, integrate analysts with our sales and trading effort, align fundamental and technical analyst views and provide a seamless primary issuance process to best serve our clients."

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Citigroup is in the midst of dismissing about 400 people from its trading division as the firm joins other banks including Deutsche Bank AG, Barclays Plc and Nomura Holdings Inc in cutting costs after a tough start to the year on Wall Street. For US banks, trading revenue in the first two quarters was the worst in more than a decade, as uncertainty about trade wars and Federal Reserve rate moves made some clients cautious and reluctant to buy or sell.

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