April 10, 2014 / 1:40 PM / in 4 years

Ally Financial shares fall in debut

April 10 (Reuters) - Shares of bailed out auto-lender Ally Financial Inc fell 3 percent in their market debut, valuing the company at about $11.7 billion in the biggest U.S. IPO so far this year.

The IPO raised $2.38 billion after the U.S. Treasury sold 95 million shares at $25 per share, at the low end of the expected price range of $25-$28 per share.

The Treasury, which had bailed out Ally for $17.2 billion during the 2008 financial crisis, said on Wednesday that with the IPO it had so far made a profit of $500 million on its investment, including dividends and interest payments.

The Treasury now has a stake of 17.1 percent in Ally which will fall to 14.1 percent if the underwriters exercise an option to sell additional shares on behalf of the government.

Detroit-based Ally’s shares were trading at $24.25 shortly after the opening on the New York Stock Exchange.

Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Barclays were the lead underwriters for the offering.

Reporting by Tanya Agrawal in Bangalore; Editing by Savio D'Souza

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