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Form 424B2 CITIGROUP INC

August 16, 2022 11:25 AM EDT

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The information in this pricing supplement is not complete and may be changed. A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This pricing supplement and the accompanying product supplement, underlying supplement, prospectus supplement and prospectus are not an offer to sell these securities, nor are they soliciting an offer to buy these securities, in any state where the offer or sale is not permitted.

SUBJECT TO COMPLETION, DATED AUGUST 16, 2022

Pricing Supplement No. 2022—USNCH13461 to Product Supplement No. EA-03-08 dated May 11, 2021,

Underlying Supplement No. 10 dated May 11, 2021, Prospectus Supplement and Prospectus each dated May 11, 2021

Filed Pursuant to Rule 424(b)(2)

Registration Statement Nos. 333-255302 and 333-255302-03

Dated August-----, 2022

Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc. $ ----- Market Linked Notes

 

Linked to the Dow Jones Industrial AverageTM Due On or About August 31, 2027

All payments due on the notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by Citigroup Inc.

Investment Description

The Market Linked Notes offered by this pricing supplement (the “notes”) are unsecured, unsubordinated debt obligations of Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc. (the “issuer”), guaranteed by Citigroup Inc. (the “guarantor”), with a return at maturity linked to the performance of the Dow Jones Industrial AverageTM (the “underlying”) from the initial underlying level to the final underlying level. If the underlying return is zero or positive, the issuer will repay the stated principal amount of the notes at maturity and pay a return equal to the underlying return, but no more than the maximum gain of between 41.00% and 46.00% (to be determined on the trade date). If the underlying return is negative, you will be repaid the stated principal amount of your notes at maturity but will not receive any return on your investment. Investing in the notes involves significant risks. You will not receive coupon payments during the 5-year term of the notes. You will not receive dividends or other distributions paid on any stocks included in the underlying. The repayment of the stated principal amount applies only if you hold the notes to maturity. Any payment on the notes, including any repayment of the stated principal amount provided at maturity, is subject to the creditworthiness of the issuer and the guarantor. If the issuer and the guarantor were to default on their obligations, you might not receive any amounts owed to you under the notes and you could lose your entire investment.

Features

q Growth Potential Subject to Maximum Gain — If the underlying return is zero or positive, the issuer will repay the stated principal amount of the notes at maturity and pay a return equal to the underlying return, but no more than the maximum gain.

q Repayment of Principal at Maturity — If the underlying return is negative, you will be repaid the stated principal amount of your notes at maturity but will not receive any return on your investment. The repayment of the stated principal amount applies only if you hold the notes to maturity. Any payment on the notes is subject to the creditworthiness of the issuer and the guarantor. If the issuer and the guarantor were to default on their obligations, you might not receive any amounts owed to you under the notes and you could lose your entire investment.

 

Key Dates1

Trade date

Settlement date

Final valuation date2

Maturity date

August 26, 2022

August 31, 2022

August 26, 2027

August 31, 2027

1       Expected

2       See page PS-3 for additional details.

 

NOTICE TO INVESTORS: THE NOTES ARE SIGNIFICANTLY RISKIER THAN CONVENTIONAL DEBT SECURITIES. THERE IS CREDIT RISK INHERENT IN PURCHASING AN OBLIGATION OF CITIGROUP GLOBAL MARKETS HOLDINGS INC. THAT IS GUARANTEED BY CITIGROUP INC. YOU SHOULD NOT PURCHASE THE NOTES IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND OR ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THE SIGNIFICANT RISKS INVOLVED IN INVESTING IN THE NOTES. THE NOTES WILL NOT BE LISTED ON ANY SECURITIES EXCHANGE AND, ACCORDINGLY, MAY HAVE LIMITED OR NO LIQUIDITY.

YOU SHOULD CAREFULLY CONSIDER THE RISKS DESCRIBED UNDER “SUMMARY RISK FACTORS” BEGINNING ON PAGE PS-4 OF THIS PRICING SUPPLEMENT AND UNDER “RISK FACTORS RELATING TO THE NOTES” BEGINNING ON PAGE EA-6 OF THE ACCOMPANYING PRODUCT SUPPLEMENT BEFORE PURCHASING ANY NOTES. EVENTS RELATING TO ANY OF THOSE RISKS, OR OTHER RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES, COULD ADVERSELY AFFECT THE VALUE OF, AND THE RETURN ON, YOUR NOTES.

Notes Offering

We are offering Market Linked Notes Linked to the Dow Jones Industrial AverageTM. Any return at maturity will be determined by the performance of the underlying. The notes are our unsecured, unsubordinated debt obligations, guaranteed by Citigroup Inc., and are offered for a minimum investment of 100 notes at the issue price described below. The initial underlying level and maximum gain will be set on the trade date.

Underlying Initial Underlying Level Maximum Gain CUSIP/ ISIN
Dow Jones Industrial AverageTM (Ticker: INDU)   41.00% to 46.00% 17330R3E3/ US17330R3E32

See “Additional Terms Specific to the Notes” in this pricing supplement. The notes will have the terms specified in the accompanying product supplement, prospectus supplement and prospectus, as supplemented by this pricing supplement.

Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of the notes or passed upon the accuracy or the adequacy of this pricing supplement or the accompanying product supplement, underlying supplement, prospectus supplement and prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense. The notes are not bank deposits and are not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other governmental agency.

  Issue Price(1) Underwriting Discount(2) Proceeds to Issuer
Per note $1,000.00 $35.00 $965.00
Total $ $ $
(1)Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc. currently expects that the estimated value of the notes on the trade date will be at least $945.00 per note, which will be less than the issue price. The estimated value of the notes is based on proprietary pricing models of Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (“CGMI”) and our internal funding rate. It is not an indication of actual profit to CGMI or other of our affiliates, nor is it an indication of the price, if any, at which CGMI or any other person may be willing to buy the notes from you at any time after issuance. See “Valuation of the Notes” in this pricing supplement.

(2)The underwriting discount is $35.00 per note. CGMI, acting as principal, expects to purchase from Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc., and Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc. expects to sell to CGMI, the aggregate stated principal amount of the notes set forth above for $965.00 per note. UBS Financial Services Inc. (“UBS”), acting as agent for sales of the notes, expects to purchase from CGMI, and CGMI expects to sell to UBS, all of the notes for $965.00 per note. UBS will receive an underwriting discount of $35.00 for each note it sells in this offering. UBS proposes to offer the notes to the public at a price of $1,000.00 per note. For additional information on the distribution of the notes, see “Supplemental Plan of Distribution” in this pricing supplement. In addition to the underwriting discount, CGMI and its affiliates may profit from expected hedging activity related to this offering, even if the value of the notes declines. See “Use of Proceeds and Hedging” in the accompanying prospectus.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc. UBS Financial Services Inc.

 

 

Additional Terms Specific to the Notes

The terms of the notes are set forth in the accompanying product supplement, prospectus supplement and prospectus, as supplemented by this pricing supplement. The accompanying product supplement, prospectus supplement and prospectus contain important disclosures that are not repeated in this pricing supplement. For example, certain events may occur that could affect your payment at maturity. These events and their consequences are described in the accompanying product supplement in the sections “Description of the Notes—Certain Additional Terms for Notes Linked to an Underlying Index—Consequences of a Market Disruption Event; Postponement of a Valuation Date” and “—Discontinuance or Material Modification of an Underlying Index,” and not in this pricing supplement. The accompanying underlying supplement contains important disclosures regarding the underlying that are not repeated in this pricing supplement. It is important that you read the accompanying product supplement, underlying supplement, prospectus supplement and prospectus together with this pricing supplement before you decide whether to invest in the notes. Certain terms used but not defined in this pricing supplement are defined in the accompanying product supplement.

 

You may access the accompanying product supplement, underlying supplement, prospectus supplement and prospectus on the SEC website at www.sec.gov as follows (or if such address has changed, by reviewing our filings for the relevant dates on the SEC website):

 

¨Product Supplement No. EA-03-08 dated May 11, 2021:

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/200245/000095010321007048/dp150746_424b2-pp0308.htm

 

¨Underlying Supplement No. 10 dated May 11, 2021:

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/200245/000095010321007028/dp150879_424b2-us10.htm

 

¨Prospectus Supplement and Prospectus each dated May 11, 2021:

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/200245/000119312521157552/d423193d424b2.htm

 

You may revoke your offer to purchase the notes at any time prior to the time at which we accept such offer by notifying the applicable agent. We reserve the right to change the terms of, or reject any offer to purchase, the notes prior to the trade date. The applicable agent will notify you in the event of any material changes to the terms of the notes, and you will be asked to accept such changes in connection with your purchase of the notes. You may also choose to reject such changes, in which case the applicable agent may reject your offer to purchase the notes. References to “Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc.,” “we,” “our” and “us” refer to Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc. and not to any of its subsidiaries. References to “Citigroup Inc.” refer to Citigroup Inc. and not to any of its subsidiaries. In this pricing supplement, “notes” refers to the Market Linked Notes Linked to the Dow Jones Industrial AverageTM that are offered hereby, unless the context otherwise requires.

 

This pricing supplement, together with the documents listed above, contains the terms of the notes and supersedes all other prior or contemporaneous oral statements as well as any other written materials including preliminary or indicative pricing terms, correspondence, trade ideas, structures for implementation, sample structures, brochures or other educational materials of ours. The description in this pricing supplement of the particular terms of the notes supplements, and, to the extent inconsistent with, replaces, the descriptions of the general terms and provisions of the debt securities set forth in the accompanying product supplement, prospectus supplement and prospectus. You should carefully consider, among other things, the matters set forth in “Summary Risk Factors” in this pricing supplement and “Risk Factors Relating to the Notes” in the accompanying product supplement, as the notes involve risks not associated with conventional debt securities. We urge you to consult your investment, legal, tax, accounting and other advisers before deciding to invest in the notes.

 

Investor Suitability

The suitability considerations identified below are not exhaustive. Whether or not the notes are a suitable investment for you will depend on your individual circumstances, and you should reach an investment decision only after you and your investment, legal, tax, accounting and other advisors have carefully considered the suitability of an investment in the notes in light of your particular circumstances. You should also review “Summary Risk Factors” beginning on page PS-4 of this pricing supplement, “The Dow Jones Industrial AverageTM” beginning on page PS-9 of this pricing supplement, “Risk Factors Relating to the Notes” beginning on page EA-6 of the accompanying product supplement and “Equity Index Descriptions— The Dow Jones Industrial AverageTM” beginning on page US-2 of the accompanying underlying supplement.

The notes may be suitable for you if, among other considerations:

 

¨You fully understand the risks inherent in an investment in the notes.

 

¨You believe that the level of the underlying will increase over the term of the notes and are willing to give up any appreciation in excess of the maximum gain (the actual maximum gain will be set on the trade date).

 

¨You understand and accept that your potential return is limited by the maximum gain and you would be willing to invest in the notes if the maximum gain was set equal to the bottom of the range indicated on the cover page hereof (the actual maximum gain will be set on the trade date).

 

¨You can tolerate fluctuations in the value of the notes prior to maturity that may be similar to or exceed the downside fluctuations in the level of the underlying.

 

¨You do not seek current income from your investment and are willing to forgo dividends or any other distributions paid on the stocks included in the underlying for the term of the notes.

 

¨You understand and accept the risks associated with the underlying.

 

¨You are willing and able to hold the notes to maturity, and accept that there may be little or no secondary market for the notes and that any secondary market will depend in large part on the price, if any, at which CGMI is willing to purchase the notes.

 

¨You are willing to assume the credit risk of Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc. and Citigroup Inc. for all payments under the notes, and understand that if Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc. and Citigroup Inc. default on their obligations you might not receive any amounts due to you, including any repayment of the stated principal amount.

The notes may not be suitable for you if, among other considerations:

 

¨You do not fully understand the risks inherent in an investment in the notes.

 

¨You believe that the level of the underlying will decline during the term of the notes and the final underlying level is likely to close below the initial underlying level on the final valuation date, or you believe the underlying will appreciate over the term of the notes by more than the maximum gain (the actual maximum gain will be set on the trade date).

 

¨You seek an investment that participates in the full appreciation in the level of the underlying or that has unlimited return potential, or you would be unwilling to invest in the notes if the maximum gain was set equal to the bottom of the range indicated on the cover page hereof (the actual maximum gain will be set on the trade date).

 

¨You cannot tolerate fluctuations in the value of the notes prior to maturity that may be similar to or exceed the downside fluctuations in the level of the underlying.

 

¨You seek current income from this investment or prefer to receive the dividends and any other distributions paid on the stocks included in the underlying for the term of the notes.

 

¨You do not understand or accept the risks associated with the underlying.

 

¨You are unwilling or unable to hold the notes to maturity, or you seek an investment for which there will be an active secondary market.

 

¨You are not willing to assume the credit risk of Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc. and Citigroup Inc. for all payments under the notes, including any repayment of the stated principal amount.

 

 

 

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Indicative Terms
Issuer Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc.
Guarantee All payments due on the notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by Citigroup Inc.
Issue price 100% of the stated principal amount per note
Stated principal amount $1,000.00 per note
Term 5 years
Trade date1 August 26, 2022
Settlement date1 August 31, 2022
Final valuation date1, 2 August 26, 2027  
Maturity date1 August 31, 2027
Underlying Dow Jones Industrial AverageTM (Ticker: INDU)
Maximum gain 41.00% to 46.00%. The actual maximum gain will be determined on the trade date.
Payment at maturity (per $1,000.00 stated principal amount of notes)

If the underlying return is zero or positive, Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc. will pay you a cash payment per $1,000.00 stated principal amount of notes that provides you with the stated principal amount of $1,000.00 plus a return equal to the underlying return, but no more than the maximum gain, calculated as follows:

 

$1,000.00 × (1 + the lesser of (i) underlying return and (ii) maximum gain)

 

If the underlying return is negative, Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc. will pay you a cash payment at maturity of:

 

$1,000.00 per note

 

In this scenario, you will not receive any return on your investment.

Underlying return final underlying level – initial underlying level
initial underlying level
Initial underlying level -----, the closing level of the underlying on the trade date

Final underlying level

The closing level of the underlying on the final valuation date

INVESTING IN THE NOTES INVOLVES SIGNIFICANT RISKS. ANY PAYMENT ON THE NOTES, INCLUDING ANY REPAYMENT OF THE STATED PRINCIPAL AMOUNT AT MATURITY, IS SUBJECT TO THE CREDITWORTHINESS OF THE ISSUER AND THE GUARANTOR. IF CITIGROUP GLOBAL MARKETS HOLDINGS INC. AND CITIGROUP INC. WERE TO DEFAULT ON THEIR OBLIGATIONS, YOU MIGHT NOT RECEIVE ANY AMOUNTS OWED TO YOU UNDER THE NOTES AND YOU COULD LOSE YOUR ENTIRE INVESTMENT.

 

Investment Timeline
  Trade date:   The closing level of the underlying (initial underlying level) is observed and the maximum gain is set.
     
  Maturity date:  

The final underlying level is determined on the final valuation date and the underlying return is calculated.

 

If the underlying return is zero or positive, Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc. will pay you a cash payment per $1,000.00 stated principal amount of notes that provides you with the stated principal amount of $1,000.00 plus a return equal to the underlying return, but no more than the maximum gain, calculated as follows:

 

$1,000.00 × (1 + the lesser of (i) underlying return and (ii) maximum gain)

 

If the underlying return is negative, Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc. will pay you a cash payment at maturity of:

 

$1,000.00 per note

 

In this scenario, you will not receive any return on your investment.

 

 

 

 

 

1In the event that we make any changes to the expected trade date and settlement date, the final valuation date and maturity date may be changed to ensure that the stated term of the notes remains the same.

2Subject to postponement as described under “Description of the Notes—Certain Additional Terms for Notes Linked to an Underlying Index—Consequences of a Market Disruption Event; Postponement of a Valuation Date” in the accompanying product supplement.

 

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Summary Risk Factors

An investment in the notes is significantly riskier than an investment in conventional debt securities. The notes are subject to all of the risks associated with an investment in our conventional debt securities (guaranteed by Citigroup Inc.), including the risk that we and Citigroup Inc. may default on our obligations under the notes, and are also subject to risks associated with the underlying. Accordingly, the notes are suitable only for investors who are capable of understanding the complexities and risks of the notes. You should consult your own financial, tax and legal advisers as to the risks of an investment in the notes and the suitability of the notes in light of your particular circumstances.

 

The following is a summary of certain key risk factors for investors in the notes. You should read this summary together with the more detailed description of risks relating to an investment in the notes contained in the section “Risk Factors Relating to the Notes” beginning on page EA-6 in the accompanying product supplement. You should also carefully read the risk factors included in the accompanying prospectus supplement and in the documents incorporated by reference in the accompanying prospectus, including Citigroup Inc.’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, which describe risks relating to the business of Citigroup Inc. more generally.

 

¨You may not receive any return on your investment in the notes — You will receive a positive return on your investment in the notes only if the underlying appreciates from the initial underlying level to the final underlying level. If the final underlying level is less than the initial underlying level, you will receive only the stated principal amount of $1,000.00 for each note you hold at maturity and will not receive any return on your investment. As the notes do not pay any interest, even if the underlying appreciates from the initial underlying level to the final underlying level, there is no assurance that your total return at maturity on the notes will be as great as could have been achieved on conventional debt securities of ours of comparable maturity.

 

¨The appreciation potential of the notes is limited by the maximum gain — Your potential total return on the notes at maturity is limited by the maximum gain. As a result, the return on an investment in the notes may be less than the return on a hypothetical direct investment in the underlying.

 

¨The notes do not pay interest — Unlike conventional debt securities, the notes do not pay interest or any other amounts prior to maturity. You should not invest in the notes if you seek current income during the term of the notes.

 

¨Sale of the notes prior to maturity may result in a loss of principal — You will be entitled to receive at least the full stated principal amount of your notes, subject to the credit risk of Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc. and Citigroup Inc., only if you hold the notes to maturity. The value of the notes may fluctuate during the term of the notes, and if you are able to sell your notes prior to maturity, you may receive less than the full stated principal amount of your notes.

 

¨Although the notes provide for the repayment of the stated principal amount at maturity, you may nevertheless suffer a loss on your investment in real value terms if the underlying declines or does not appreciate sufficiently from the initial underlying level to the final underlying level — This is because inflation may cause the real value of the stated principal amount to be less at maturity than it is at the time you invest, and because an investment in the notes represents a forgone opportunity to invest in an alternative asset that does generate a positive real return. This potential loss in real value terms is significant given the approximately 5-year term of the notes. You should carefully consider whether an investment that may not provide for any return on your investment, or may provide a return that is lower than the return on alternative investments, is appropriate for you.

 

¨Investing in the notes is not equivalent to investing in the underlying or the stocks that constitute the underlying — You will not have voting rights, rights to receive any dividends or other distributions or any other rights with respect to any of the stocks that constitute the underlying. It is important to understand that, for purposes of measuring the performance of the underlying, the levels used will not reflect the receipt or reinvestment of dividends or distributions on the stocks that constitute the underlying. Dividend or distribution yield on the stocks that constitute the underlying would be expected to represent a significant portion of the overall return on a direct investment in the stocks that constitute the underlying, but will not be reflected in the performance of the underlying as measured for purposes of the notes (except to the extent that dividends and distributions reduce the level of the underlying).

 

¨Your payment at maturity depends on the closing level of the underlying on a single day — Because your payment at maturity depends on the closing level of the underlying solely on the final valuation date, you are subject to the risk that the closing level of the underlying on that day may be lower, and possibly significantly lower, than on one or more other dates during the term of the notes. If you had invested in another instrument linked to the underlying that you could sell for full value at a time selected by you, or if the payment at maturity were based on an average of closing levels of the underlying, you might have achieved better returns.

 

¨The notes are subject to the credit risk of Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc. and Citigroup Inc. — Any payment on the notes will be made by Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc. and is guaranteed by Citigroup Inc., and therefore is subject to the credit risk of both Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc. and Citigroup Inc. If we default on our obligations under the notes and Citigroup Inc. defaults on its guarantee obligations, you may not receive any payments that become due under the notes. As a result, the value of the notes prior to maturity will be affected by changes in the market’s view of our and Citigroup Inc.’s creditworthiness. Any decline, or anticipated decline, in either of our or Citigroup Inc.’s credit ratings or increase, or anticipated increase, in the credit spreads charged by the market for taking either of our or Citigroup Inc.’s credit risk is likely to adversely affect the value of the notes.

 

¨The notes will not be listed on a securities exchange and you may not be able to sell them prior to maturity — The notes will not be listed on any securities exchange. Therefore, there may be little or no secondary market for the notes. CGMI currently intends to make a secondary market in relation to the notes and to provide an indicative bid price for the notes on a daily basis. Any indicative bid price for the notes provided by CGMI will be determined in CGMI’s sole discretion, taking into account prevailing market conditions and other relevant factors, and will not be a representation by CGMI that the notes can be sold at that price, or at all. CGMI may suspend or

 

PS-4

 

terminate making a market and providing indicative bid prices without notice, at any time and for any reason. If CGMI suspends or terminates making a market, there may be no secondary market at all for the notes because it is likely that CGMI will be the only broker-dealer that is willing to buy your notes prior to maturity. Accordingly, an investor must be prepared to hold the notes until maturity.

 

¨The estimated value of the notes on the trade date, based on CGMI’s proprietary pricing models and our internal funding rate, will be less than the issue price — The difference is attributable to certain costs associated with selling, structuring and hedging the notes that are included in the issue price. These costs include (i) the underwriting discount paid in connection with the offering of the notes, (ii) hedging and other costs incurred by us and our affiliates in connection with the offering of the notes and (iii) the expected profit (which may be more or less than actual profit) to CGMI or other of our affiliates in connection with hedging our obligations under the notes. These costs adversely affect the economic terms of the notes because, if they were lower, the economic terms of the notes would be more favorable to you. The economic terms of the notes are also likely to be adversely affected by the use of our internal funding rate, rather than our secondary market rate, to price the notes. See “The estimated value of the notes would be lower if it were calculated based on our secondary market rate” below.

 

¨The estimated value of the notes was determined for us by our affiliate using proprietary pricing models — CGMI derived the estimated value disclosed on the cover page of this pricing supplement from its proprietary pricing models. In doing so, it may have made discretionary judgments about the inputs to its models, such as the volatility of the underlying, dividend yields on the stocks that constitute the underlying and interest rates. CGMI’s views on these inputs may differ from your or others’ views, and as an underwriter in this offering, CGMI’s interests may conflict with yours. Both the models and the inputs to the models may prove to be wrong and therefore not an accurate reflection of the value of the notes. Moreover, the estimated value of the notes set forth on the cover page of this pricing supplement may differ from the value that we or our affiliates may determine for the notes for other purposes, including for accounting purposes. You should not invest in the notes because of the estimated value of the notes. Instead, you should be willing to hold the notes to maturity irrespective of the initial estimated value.

 

¨The estimated value of the notes would be lower if it were calculated based on our secondary market rate — The estimated value of the notes included in this pricing supplement is calculated based on our internal funding rate, which is the rate at which we are willing to borrow funds through the issuance of the notes. Our internal funding rate is generally lower than our secondary market rate, which is the rate that CGMI will use in determining the value of the notes for purposes of any purchases of the notes from you in the secondary market. If the estimated value included in this pricing supplement were based on our secondary market rate, rather than our internal funding rate, it would likely be lower. We determine our internal funding rate based on factors such as the costs associated with the notes, which are generally higher than the costs associated with conventional debt securities, and our liquidity needs and preferences. Our internal funding rate is not an interest rate that we will pay to investors in the notes, which do not bear interest.

 

Because there is not an active market for traded instruments referencing our outstanding debt obligations, CGMI determines our secondary market rate based on the market price of traded instruments referencing the debt obligations of Citigroup Inc., our parent company and the guarantor of all payments due on the notes, but subject to adjustments that CGMI makes in its sole discretion. As a result, our secondary market rate is not a market-determined measure of our creditworthiness, but rather reflects the market’s perception of our parent company’s creditworthiness as adjusted for discretionary factors such as CGMI’s preferences with respect to purchasing the notes prior to maturity.

 

¨The estimated value of the notes is not an indication of the price, if any, at which CGMI or any other person may be willing to buy the notes from you in the secondary market — Any such secondary market price will fluctuate over the term of the notes based on the market and other factors described in the next risk factor. Moreover, unlike the estimated value included in this pricing supplement, any value of the notes determined for purposes of a secondary market transaction will be based on our secondary market rate, which will likely result in a lower value for the notes than if our internal funding rate were used. In addition, any secondary market price for the notes will be reduced by a bid-ask spread, which may vary depending on the aggregate stated principal amount of the notes to be purchased in the secondary market transaction, and the expected cost of unwinding related hedging transactions. As a result, it is likely that any secondary market price for the notes will be less than the issue price.

 

¨The value of the notes prior to maturity will fluctuate based on many unpredictable factors — As described under “Valuation of the Notes” below, the payout on the notes could be replicated by a hypothetical package of financial instruments consisting of a fixed-income bond and one or more derivative instruments. As a result, the factors that influence the values of fixed-income bonds and derivative instruments will also influence the terms of the notes at issuance and the value of the notes prior to maturity. Accordingly, the value of your notes prior to maturity will fluctuate based on the level and volatility of the underlying, the dividend yields on the stocks that constitute the underlying, interest rates generally, the time remaining to maturity and our and Citigroup Inc.’s creditworthiness, as reflected in our secondary market rate. You should understand that the value of your notes at any time prior to maturity may be significantly less than the issue price. The stated payout from the issuer only applies if you hold the notes to maturity.

 

¨Immediately following issuance, any secondary market bid price provided by CGMI, and the value that will be indicated on any brokerage account statements prepared by CGMI or its affiliates, will reflect a temporary upward adjustment — The amount of this temporary upward adjustment will decline to zero over the temporary adjustment period. See “Valuation of the Notes” in this pricing supplement.

 

¨Our affiliates, or UBS or its affiliates, may publish research, express opinions or provide recommendations that are inconsistent with investing in or holding the notes — Any such research, opinions or recommendations could affect the level of the underlying and the value of the notes. Our affiliates, and UBS and its affiliates, publish research from time to time on financial markets and other matters that may influence the value of the notes, or express opinions or provide recommendations that may be inconsistent with purchasing or holding the notes. Any research, opinions or recommendations expressed by our affiliates or by UBS or its affiliates

 

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may not be consistent with each other and may be modified from time to time without notice. These and other activities of our affiliates or UBS or its affiliates may adversely affect the level of the underlying and may have a negative impact on your interests as a holder of the notes. Investors should make their own independent investigation of the merits of investing in the notes and the underlying to which the notes are linked.

 

¨Trading and other transactions by our affiliates, or by UBS or its affiliates, in the equity and equity derivative markets may impair the value of the notes — We expect to hedge our exposure under the notes through CGMI or other of our affiliates, who will likely enter into equity and/or equity derivative transactions, such as over-the-counter options or exchange-traded instruments, relating to the underlying or the stocks included in the underlying and may adjust such positions during the term of the notes. It is possible that our affiliates could receive substantial returns from these hedging activities while the value of the notes declines. Our affiliates and UBS and its affiliates may also engage in trading in instruments linked to the underlying on a regular basis as part of their respective general broker-dealer and other businesses, for proprietary accounts, for other accounts under management or to facilitate transactions for customers, including block transactions. Such trading and hedging activities may affect the level of the underlying and reduce the return on your investment in the notes. Our affiliates or UBS or its affiliates may also issue or underwrite other notes or financial or derivative instruments with returns linked or related to the underlying. By introducing competing products into the marketplace in this manner, our affiliates or UBS or its affiliates could adversely affect the value of the notes. Any of the foregoing activities described in this paragraph may reflect trading strategies that differ from, or are in direct opposition to, investors’ trading and investment strategies relating to the notes.

 

¨Our affiliates, or UBS or its affiliates, may have economic interests that are adverse to yours as a result of their respective business activities — Our affiliates or UBS or its affiliates may currently or from time to time engage in business with the issuers of the stocks that constitute the underlying, including extending loans to, making equity investments in or providing advisory services to such issuers. In the course of this business, our affiliates or UBS or its affiliates may acquire non-public information about those issuers, which they will not disclose to you. Moreover, if any of our affiliates or UBS or any of its affiliates is or becomes a creditor of any such issuer, they may exercise any remedies against that issuer that are available to them without regard to your interests.

 

¨The calculation agent, which is an affiliate of ours, will make important determinations with respect to the notes — If certain events occur, such as market disruption events or the discontinuance of the underlying, CGMI, as calculation agent, will be required to make discretionary judgments that could significantly affect what you receive at maturity. Such judgments could include, among other things, any level required to be determined under the notes. In addition, if certain events occur, CGMI will be required to make certain discretionary judgments that could significantly affect your payment at maturity. Such judgments could include, among other things:

 

¨determining whether a market disruption event has occurred;

 

¨if a market disruption event occurs on the final valuation date, determining whether to postpone the final valuation date;

 

¨determining the level of the underlying if the level of the underlying is not otherwise available or a market disruption event has occurred; and

 

¨selecting a successor underlying or performing an alternative calculation of the level of the underlying if the underlying is discontinued or materially modified (see “Description of the Notes—Certain Additional Terms for Notes Linked to an Underlying Index—Discontinuance or Material Modification of an Underlying Index” in the accompanying product supplement).

 

In making these judgments, the calculation agent’s interests as an affiliate of ours could be adverse to your interests as a holder of the notes.

 

¨Adjustments to the underlying may affect the value of your notes — S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC (the “underlying publisher”) may add, delete or substitute the stocks that constitute the underlying or make other methodological changes that could affect the level of the underlying. The underlying publisher may discontinue or suspend calculation or publication of the underlying at any time without regard to your interests as holders of the notes.

 

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Hypothetical Examples

 

Hypothetical terms only. Actual terms may vary. See the cover page for actual offering terms.

 

The diagram below illustrates your hypothetical payment at maturity for a range of hypothetical percentage changes from the initial underlying level to the final underlying level. The diagram below is based on a hypothetical maximum gain of 41.00%.

 

Investors in the notes will not receive any dividends on the stocks that constitute the underlying. The diagram and examples below do not show any effect of lost dividend yield over the term of the notes. See “Summary Risk Factors—Investing in the notes is not equivalent to investing in the underlying or the stocks that constitute the underlying” above.

 

 

The following table and hypothetical examples below illustrate the payment at maturity per $1,000.00 stated principal amount of notes for a hypothetical range of performances for the underlying from -100.00% to +100.00% and assume an initial underlying level of 100.00 and a maximum gain of 41.00%. The actual initial underlying level and maximum gain will be determined on the trade date. The hypothetical payment at maturity examples set forth below are for illustrative purposes only and may not be the actual returns applicable to a purchaser of the notes. The actual payment at maturity will be determined based on the final underlying level on the final valuation date. You should consider carefully whether the notes are suitable to your investment goals. The numbers appearing in the table and in the examples below have been rounded for ease of analysis.

 

Final Underlying Level Underlying Return Payment at Maturity Total Return on Notes at Maturity(1)
200.00 100.00% $1,410.00 41.00%
190.00 90.00% $1,410.00 41.00%
180.00 80.00% $1,410.00 41.00%
170.00 70.00% $1,410.00 41.00%
160.00 60.00% $1,410.00 41.00%
150.00 50.00% $1,410.00 41.00%
141.00 41.00% $1,410.00 41.00%
140.00 40.00% $1,400.00 40.00%
130.00 30.00% $1,300.00 30.00%
120.00 20.00% $1,200.00 20.00%
110.00 10.00% $1,100.00 10.00%
100.00 0.00% $1,000.00 0.00%
90.00 -10.00% $1,000.00 0.00%
80.00 -20.00% $1,000.00 0.00%
70.00 -30.00% $1,000.00 0.00%
60.00 -40.00% $1,000.00 0.00%

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50.00 -50.00% $1,000.00 0.00%
40.00 -60.00% $1,000.00 0.00%
30.00 -70.00% $1,000.00 0.00%
20.00 -80.00% $1,000.00 0.00%
10.00 -90.00% $1,000.00 0.00%
0.00 -100.00% $1,000.00 0.00%

 

1 The “Total Return on Notes at Maturity” is calculated as (a) the payment at maturity per note minus the $1,000.00 issue price per note divided by (b) the $1,000.00 issue price per note.

 

Example 1 — The final underlying level of 110.00 is greater than the initial underlying level of 100.00, resulting in an underlying return of 10.00%. Because the underlying return of 10.00% is less than the maximum gain of 41.00%, Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc. would pay you the stated principal amount plus a return equal to 10.00%, resulting in a payment at maturity of $1,100.00 per $1,000.00 stated principal amount of notes (a total return at maturity of 10.00%*), calculated as follows:

 

$1,000.00 × (1 + the lesser of (i) underlying return and (ii) maximum gain)

 

$1,000.00 × (1 + the lesser of (i) 10.00% and (ii) 41.00%)

 

$1,000.00 × (1 + 10.00%) = $1,100.00

 

Example 2 — The final underlying level of 190.00 is greater than the initial underlying level of 100.00, resulting in an underlying return of 90.00%. Because the underlying return of 90.00% is greater than the maximum gain of 41.00%, Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc. would pay you the stated principal amount plus a return equal to the maximum gain of 41.00%, resulting in a payment at maturity of $1,410.00 per $1,000.00 stated principal amount of notes (a total return at maturity of 41.00%*), calculated as follows:

 

$1,000.00 × (1 + the lesser of (i) underlying return and (ii) maximum gain)

 

$1,000.00 × (1 + the lesser of (i) 90.00% and (ii) 41.00%)

 

$1,000.00 × (1 + 41.00%) = $1,410.00

 

In this example, an investment in the notes would underperform a hypothetical alternative investment providing 1-to-1 exposure to the appreciation of the underlying without a maximum gain.

 

Example 3 — The final underlying level of 50.00 is less than the initial underlying level of 100.00 (resulting in an underlying return of -50.00%). Because the underlying return is negative, Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc. would pay you the $1,000.00 stated principal amount per note (a total return at maturity of 0.00%*).

 

If the final underlying level is less than the initial underlying level, the issuer will repay you the $1,000.00 stated principal amount per note at maturity, but you will not receive any return on your investment. Any payment on the notes, including any repayment of the stated principal amount at maturity, is subject to the creditworthiness of the issuer and the guarantor, and if the issuer and the guarantor were to default on their obligations, you could lose your entire investment.

 

* The total return at maturity is calculated as (a) the payment at maturity per note minus the $1,000.00 issue price per note divided by (b) the $1,000.00 issue price per note.

PS-8

 

The Dow Jones Industrial AverageTM

The Dow Jones Industrial AverageTM is a price-weighted index rather than a market capitalization-weighted index. The Dow Jones Industrial AverageTM consists of 30 common stocks chosen as representative of the broad market of U.S. industry. It is calculated and maintained by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC. The Dow Jones Industrial AverageTM is reported by Bloomberg L.P. under the ticker symbol “INDU.”

 

“Dow Jones®,” “Dow Jones Indexes,” and “Dow Jones Industrial AverageTM” are service marks of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings, LLC and have been licensed to S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and sublicensed for use for certain purposes by Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and its affiliates. For more information regarding the license, see “Equity Index Descriptions—The Dow Jones Industrial AverageTM—License Agreement” in the accompanying underlying supplement.

 

Please refer to the section “Equity Index Descriptions—The Dow Jones Industrial AverageTM” in the accompanying underlying supplement for important disclosures regarding the Dow Jones Industrial AverageTM.

 

The graph below illustrates the performance of the underlying from January 3, 2012 to August 12, 2022. The closing level of the underlying on August 12, 2022 was 33,761.05. We obtained the closing levels of the underlying from Bloomberg, and we have not participated in the preparation of or verified such information. The historical closing levels of the underlying should not be taken as an indication of future performance and no assurance can be given as to the final underlying level or any future closing level of the underlying. We cannot give you assurance that the performance of the underlying will result in a positive return on your initial investment.

 

 

PS-9

 

United States Federal Tax Considerations

In the opinion of our counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, which is based on current market conditions, the notes should be treated as “contingent payment debt instruments” for U.S. federal income tax purposes, as described in the section of the accompanying product supplement called “United States Federal Tax Considerations—Tax Consequences to U.S. Holders—Notes Treated as Contingent Payment Debt Instruments,” and the remaining discussion is based on this treatment.

 

If you are a U.S. Holder (as defined in the accompanying product supplement), you will be required to recognize interest income during the term of the notes at the “comparable yield,” which generally is the yield at which we could issue a fixed-rate debt instrument with terms similar to those of the notes, including the level of subordination, term, timing of payments and general market conditions, but excluding any adjustments for the riskiness of the contingencies or the liquidity of the notes. We are required to construct a “projected payment schedule” in respect of the notes representing a payment the amount and timing of which would produce a yield to maturity on the notes equal to the comparable yield. Assuming you hold the notes until their maturity, the amount of interest you include in income based on the comparable yield in the taxable year in which the notes mature will be adjusted upward or downward to reflect the difference, if any, between the actual and projected payment on the notes at maturity as determined under the projected payment schedule. However, special rules may apply if the payment at maturity on the notes is treated as becoming fixed prior to maturity. See “United States Federal Tax Considerations—Tax Consequences to U.S. Holders—Notes Treated as Contingent Payment Debt Instruments” in the accompanying product supplement for a more detailed discussion of the special rules.

 

Upon the sale, exchange or retirement of the notes prior to maturity, you generally will recognize gain or loss equal to the difference between the proceeds received and your adjusted tax basis in the notes. Your adjusted tax basis will equal your purchase price for the notes, increased by interest previously included in income on the notes. Any gain generally will be treated as ordinary income, and any loss generally will be treated as ordinary loss to the extent of prior interest inclusions on the note and as capital loss thereafter.

 

We have determined that the comparable yield for a note is a rate of     %, compounded semi-annually, and that the projected payment schedule with respect to a note consists of a single payment of $      at maturity.

 

Neither the comparable yield nor the projected payment schedule constitutes a representation by us regarding the actual amount that we will pay on the notes.

 

Non-U.S. Holders. Subject to the discussions below regarding Section 871(m) and in “United States Federal Tax Considerations—Tax Consequences to Non-U.S. Holders” and “—FATCA” in the accompanying product supplement, if you are a Non-U.S. Holder (as defined in the accompanying product supplement) of the notes, under current law you generally will not be subject to U.S. federal withholding or income tax in respect of any payment on or any amount received on the sale, exchange or retirement of the notes, provided that (i) income in respect of the notes is not effectively connected with your conduct of a trade or business in the United States, and (ii) you comply with the applicable certification requirements. See “United States Federal Tax Considerations—Tax Consequences to Non-U.S. Holders” in the accompanying product supplement for a more detailed discussion of the rules applicable to Non-U.S. Holders of the notes.

 

As discussed under “United States Federal Tax Considerations—Tax Consequences to Non-U.S. Holders—Dividend Equivalents Under Section 871(m) of the Code” in the accompanying product supplement, Section 871(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended and Treasury regulations promulgated thereunder (“Section 871(m)”) generally impose a 30% withholding tax on dividend equivalents paid or deemed paid to Non-U.S. Holders with respect to certain financial instruments linked to U.S. equities (“Underlying Securities”) or indices that include Underlying Securities. Section 871(m) generally applies to instruments that substantially replicate the economic performance of one or more Underlying Securities, as determined based on tests set forth in the applicable Treasury regulations. However, the regulations, as modified by an Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) notice, exempt financial instruments issued prior to January 1, 2023 that do not have a “delta” of one. Based on the terms of the notes and representations provided by us as of the date of this preliminary pricing supplement, our counsel is of the opinion that the notes should not be treated as transactions that have a “delta” of one within the meaning of the regulations with respect to any Underlying Security and, therefore, should not be subject to withholding tax under Section 871(m). However, the final determination regarding the treatment of the notes under Section 871(m) will be made as of the pricing date for the notes, and it is possible that the notes will be subject to withholding under Section 871(m) based on the circumstances as of that date.

 

A determination that the notes are not subject to Section 871(m) is not binding on the IRS, and the IRS may disagree with this treatment. Moreover, Section 871(m) is complex and its application may depend on your particular circumstances, including your other transactions. You should consult your tax adviser regarding the potential application of Section 871(m) to the notes.

 

If withholding tax applies to the notes, we will not be required to pay any additional amounts with respect to amounts withheld.

 

You should read the section entitled “United States Federal Tax Considerations” in the accompanying product supplement. The preceding discussion, when read in combination with that section, constitutes the full opinion of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP regarding the material U.S. federal tax consequences of owning and disposing of the notes.

 

You should also consult your tax adviser regarding all aspects of the U.S. federal tax consequences of an investment in the notes and any tax consequences arising under the laws of any state, local or non-U.S. taxing jurisdiction.

 

PS-10

 

Supplemental Plan of Distribution

CGMI, an affiliate of Citigroup Global Markets Holdings Inc. and the lead agent for the sale of the notes, will receive an underwriting discount of $35.00 for any note sold in this offering. UBS, as agent for sales of the notes, expects to purchase from CGMI, and CGMI expects to sell to UBS, all of the notes sold in this offering for $965.00 per note. UBS proposes to offer the notes to the public at a price of $1,000.00 per note. UBS will receive an underwriting discount of $35.00 for each note it sells to the public. The underwriting discount will be received by UBS and its financial advisors collectively. If all of the notes are not sold at the initial offering price, CGMI may change the public offering price and other selling terms.

 

See “Plan of Distribution; Conflicts of Interest” in the accompanying product supplement and “Plan of Distribution” in each of the accompanying prospectus supplement and prospectus for additional information.

 

Valuation of the Notes

CGMI calculated the estimated value of the notes set forth on the cover page of this pricing supplement based on proprietary pricing models. CGMI’s proprietary pricing models generated an estimated value for the notes by estimating the value of a hypothetical package of financial instruments that would replicate the payout on the notes, which consists of a fixed-income bond (the “bond component”) and one or more derivative instruments underlying the economic terms of the notes (the “derivative component”). CGMI calculated the estimated value of the bond component using a discount rate based on our internal funding rate. CGMI calculated the estimated value of the derivative component based on a proprietary derivative-pricing model, which generated a theoretical price for the instruments that constitute the derivative component based on various inputs, including the factors described under “Summary Risk Factors—The value of the notes prior to maturity will fluctuate based on many unpredictable factors” in this pricing supplement, but not including our or Citigroup Inc.’s creditworthiness. These inputs may be market-observable or may be based on assumptions made by CGMI in its discretionary judgment.

 

The estimated value of the notes is a function of the terms of the notes and the inputs to CGMI’s proprietary pricing models. As of the date of this preliminary pricing supplement, it is uncertain what the estimated value of the notes will be on the trade date because certain terms of the notes have not yet been fixed and because it is uncertain what the values of the inputs to CGMI’s proprietary pricing models will be on the trade date.

 

During a temporary adjustment period immediately following issuance of the notes, the price, if any, at which CGMI would be willing to buy the notes from investors, and the value that will be indicated for the notes on any account statements prepared by CGMI or its affiliates (which value CGMI may also publish through one or more financial information vendors), will reflect a temporary upward adjustment from the price or value that would otherwise be determined. This temporary upward adjustment represents a portion of the hedging profit expected to be realized by CGMI or its affiliates over the term of the notes. The amount of this temporary upward adjustment will decline to zero over the temporary adjustment period. CGMI currently expects that the temporary adjustment period will be approximately eleven months, but the actual length of the temporary adjustment period may be shortened due to various factors, such as the volume of secondary market purchases of the notes and other factors that cannot be predicted. However, CGMI is not obligated to buy the notes from investors at any time. See “Summary Risk Factors—The notes will not be listed on a securities exchange and you may not be able to sell them prior to maturity.”

 

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