This excerpt taken from the C 10-K filed Feb 24, 2006.
Outlook for 2006
We enter 2006 optimistic and well-positioned to gain from our competitive advantages.
We are a global company with an unparalleled presence around the world. We have operations in 100 countries and customers in nearly 50 more, with 40% of our revenues in 2005 from outside of the U.S. The international market for goods and services is more than twice the size of, and is growing at a faster rate than the U.S. market, leading to significant opportunities for us globally.
Our strategic initiatives for 2006 include the expansion of both our international and U.S. distribution. Our pace of opening branches and distribution points will accelerate. We plan to transfer our expertise and market knowledge from business to business and region to region. We will continue to invest in technology and people, integrating these investments across the Company. To do each of these effectively, disciplined capital allocation is fundamental to our strategic process.
We expect to continue to achieve growth in loans, deposits and other customer activity as we add distribution points and continue to enhance our product offerings.
During 2006, we will continue to build on our Shared Responsibilities and strive to exceed our customers' needs.
Citigroup's financial results are closely tied to the external global economic environment. Movements in interest rates and foreign exchange rates present both opportunities and risks for the Company. Weakness in the global economy, credit deterioration, inflation, and geopolitical uncertainty are examples of risks that could adversely impact our earnings.
We expect revenue growth in 2006 to continue to reflect some pressure from the flat yield curve in the U.S. and many international markets, as well as a competitive pricing environment in the U.S. We look for these to be more than offset by continued strong growth in our customer businesses, particularly outside the U.S., as the investments we have made in our businesses are reflected in our results. We will continue to be disciplined in our expense management, while investing for our future. Credit is stable as we enter 2006.
Although there may be volatility in our results in any given year, over time we look for our revenues to grow at a mid to high single-digit rate, with strong expense and credit management driving earnings and earnings per share growth at a faster level. We look to augment this growth rate over time through targeted acquisitions.
A detailed review and outlook for each of our business segments and products are included in the discussions that follow, and the risks are more fully discussed on pages 19 to 51.
Certain of the statements above are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. See "Forward-Looking Statements" on page 95.