The New York bank says losses from bad loans fell 35 percent during the quarter to $5.4 billion. That allowed the bank to release $2 billion from its loan loss reserves and count it as income.
Net income rose 24 percent to $3.3 billion, or $1.09 cents per share, on revenue of $20.6 billion. That compares to net income of $2.7 billion, or 90 cents per share, during the same quarter last year. The earnings per share was adjusted to account for a reverse split, where 10 Citi shares were exchanged for one this May.
Analysts surveyed by FactSet had predicted Citigroup Inc. would earn 96 cents per share.
Shares of Citi are up over 3 percent at $40.43 in premarket trading.