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Citizens Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: CFG) stock closed its first day of trading today (Wednesday) at $23.08, a 7.3% gain from its offer price of $21.50.
Citizens Financial had initially set a price range of $23 to $26 for its IPO price, so the $21.50 offer price was a disappointment for early investors. Still, the 140 million shares sold made CFG the second largest IPO of 2014 by raising $3 billion.
Previously, the second biggest IPO of the year was the $2.88 billion deal that Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF) held in July. Both banking IPOs rank behind last week's Alibaba IPO, which raised $25 billion and stands as the largest IPO of all time.
More than 60 million shares exchanged hands on CFG's first day on the New York Stock Exchange.
In the company's IPO filing, Citizen's announced that it had $2.6 billion in revenue for the six months of 2014 ending in June. In the same time period, CFG had a net profit of $479 million.
Citizens Financial is the U.S. banking arm of the The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (NYSE: RBS), which is a British bank that's mostly owned by the U.K. government. CFG is headquartered in Providence, R.I., and operates 1,200 branches throughout the Northeast and Midwest. CFG is the 13th-largest retail bank in the United States, with more than 5 million customers and more than $130 billion in assets.
"We are making steady progress toward our goal of becoming a top-tier regional bank that delivers a great banking experience for our customers and additional value for all of our stakeholders," Citizens Chief Executive Officer Bruce Van Saun said today.
Through the IPO, RBS is reducing its ownership in Citizens from 100% to 75%. Company officials have said they want to fully exit CFG stock by 2016.
The first-day pop for CFG stock was bigger than other banking IPOs in 2014 have seen. In fact, this has been a rough year for financial IPOs, and that doesn't bode well for CFG stock now…