Citigroup made the loan payment three years early in order to save $7.8 million in interest

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Citigroup is in talks to try and get about $500 million it mistakenly paid a group of hedge funds and investment firms on a loan owed by Revlon.

The cosmetics company controlled by billionaire Ronald Perelman, filed for bankruptcy protection in June.

Citigroup, as Revlon's loan agent, had accidentally used its own money in August 2020 to pay off the company's $894 million loan three years early instead of paying $7.8 million in interest.

The bank blamed human error, and some lenders gave the money back to Citi, but others kept roughly $500 million of the accidental payment.

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Citigroup trying to get accidental $500M Revlon loan payment back

The Citigroup Inc (Citi) logo is seen at the SIBOS banking and financial conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada October 19, 2017. Picture taken October 19, 2017.  (REUTERS/Chris Helgren / Reuters Photos)

But 10 asset managers including Brigade Capital Management, HPS Investment Partners and Symphony Asset Management refused, saying the bank paid what they were owed.

Lawyers for the bank and the lenders said they have been discussing a “consensual resolution” to end Citigroup's August 2020 lawsuit to recoup the mistaken payment, according to a filing made Thursday in Manhattan federal court.

Citigroup trying to get accidental $500M Revlon loan payment back

A Citibank branch logo in the financial district of San Francisco, California. (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/File Photo / Reuters Photos)

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While no agreement has been reached, the lawyers said “material terms” of a settlement would provide for the return of Citigroup's money, with the bank transferring interest and amortization payments it began receiving in early 2021.

Citigroup trying to get accidental $500M Revlon loan payment back

Revlon makeup products are displayed at a CVS store. ( (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) / Getty Images)

Talks to end the lawsuit had been disclosed on Nov. 10. The lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman to let them update the status by Dec. 5.

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Furman sided with them in February 2021, leading Citigroup to lower previously reported profit to reflect $390 million of added legal expenses.

REVLON FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION

But the federal appeals court in Manhattan overturned that ruling in September.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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