Citi to Participate in XBRL US Pilot Using XBRL for Corporate Actions

 

XBRL Project Enters Test Phase, Will Evaluate Straight-Through Processing (STP) Efficiencies, Shareholder Benefits

 

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- XBRL US announced today that Citi is working with XBRL US Labs, the research and development arm of XBRL US, to research the costs and benefits of transforming corporate actions processing in a pilot program that will involve dividend payment announcements.  An impact analysis will be conducted on the issuance of XBRL-tagged announcements, processing by banks, depositaries, and stock exchanges, and on the ultimate usability of corporate event data by information consumers, particularly shareholders.

 

“Citi is pleased to participate in this XBRL corporate actions pilot,” said Alan Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Citi Securities and Fund Services.  “As a market leader and early adopter, we will look forward to welcoming other institutions to help standardize financial information and achieve true straight-through-processing and benefit our customers, the recipients of these event announcements.”

 

Experts in corporate actions services at Citi will work with XBRL US Labs and other pilot participants as part of an initiative launched in 2009 by XBRL US, the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) and SWIFT to use XBRL to reduce corporate actions' cost and time, and to improve data quality.  The initiative published a business case in May of this year, (http://xbrl.us/i2i/pages/businesscase.aspx) and has developed an XBRL taxonomy based on the ISO 20022 standard, which is scheduled for an early October release on the XBRL US website for public review, testing, and comment, (www.xbrl.us).The pilot is designed to test the premise that the use of structured, computer-readable data can streamline the process and introduce straight-through-processing (STP). 

 

"Citi's collaboration in this pilot will help to demonstrate how a large amount of information can be more easily, accurately and efficiently consumed, saving money and time and ultimately getting critical information to investors", said David Hands, Director, Product Development, DTCC. "We look forward to following this ADR-based pilot with another program focusing on US-based issuers early in 2011."

 

Initial efforts will focus on tests on dividend announcements issued by American Depositary Receipts (ADRs).  ADRs are US securities based on foreign shares that are received and processed by depositary banks such as Citi.  Announcements about ADRs are transmitted from Citi to stock exchanges, investors, depositories such as the DTCC, and other intermediaries.  The ADR dividend announcement process was selected by Citi and XBRL US Labs as a good test for XBRL because corporate actions announcements from ADRs are concentrated among a relatively small number of depositary banks, and rely on significant hard copy transmittals and re-keying. The pilot will use the XBRL ISO 20022 taxonomy, or dictionary, to create XBRL-formatted documents that will be used directly by downstream users. 

 

"This collaboration further demonstrates the readiness of ISO 20022, the flexibility of XBRL and the relevance of these standards for the global financial services industry", said Karla McKenna, Director, Citi Securities and Fund Services, and Chair of the International Organization for Standardization's technical committee for the financial services industry, ISO TC 68.

 

To learn more, go to http://xbrl.us/research/Pages/CorporateActions.aspx.

 

About Citi

 

Citi, the leading global financial services company, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Through Citicorp and Citi Holdings, Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management. Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com or www.citi.com.

 

About XBRL US

 

XBRL US is the non-profit consortium for XML business reporting standards in the U.S. and it represents the business information supply chain.  Its mission is to support the implementation of XML business reporting standards through the development of taxonomies for use by U.S. public and private sectors, with a goal of interoperability between sectors, and by promoting XBRL adoption through marketplace collaboration.  XBRL US has developed taxonomies for U.S. GAAP, credit rating and mutual fund reporting under contract with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. XBRL US Labs, the research and development arm of XBRL US, leverages the XBRL US platform, methodologies and people to address the quality of taxonomies and the harmonization of XBRL with other XML standards. For more information, go to www.xbrl.us.

 

CONTACT: Michelle Savage of XBRL US, +1-917-747-1714, michelle.savage@xbrl.us, or Duncan Smith of Citi, +1-212-816-8024, duncan.smith@citi.com