Springleaf buying OneMain Financial for $4.25 billion

Associated Press

Personal finance company Springleaf Holdings is buying Citigroup's OneMain Financial for $4.25 billion.

OneMain Financial Holdings Inc. of Baltimore provides personal loans and has more than 1,100 neighborhood branches across California and 42 other states. The Citigroup subsidiary, originally founded as Commercial Credit, has about 5,600 employees. It has acquired companies such as the Associates and Washington Mutual Finance over the years.

"While this business didn't fit our strategy, it serves customers who deserve and need credit," Citi CEO Michael Corbat said.

Citi said that it would use part of the proceeds from the sale to retire certain funding that supports Citi Holdings. The sale, along with retirement of the related funding, are expected to result in a net addition to earnings before income taxes of about $1 billion.

Springleaf Holdings Inc. of Evansville, Ind., will consolidate about 200 branches beginning in the middle of next year. The combined company is expected to have 1,967 branches across 43 states. The Springleaf brand will begin to be phased out in 2016 and use the name OneMain.

Springleaf CEO Jay Levine will lead the combined company.

The boards at Springleaf and Citigroup have approved the deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter.

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