CIT Sets the Record Straight
October 27, 2009 05:32 PM Eastern Daylight Time
NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT), a leading provider of financing to small businesses
market companies, today corrected important inaccuracies contained in an open letter from Carl Icahn to smaller CIT bondholders.
seeking to convince smaller bondholders to vote against the Company's proposed restructuring plan now in exchange for his ill-defin
some of Mr. Icahn’s unidentified "affiliated entities" will eventually deliver on that vague promise.
Over the last several months, CIT has worked together with a diverse group of bondholders in developing a comprehensive restruct
position CIT for future success. The successful completion of either the exchange offers or plan of reorganization will generate signifi
liquidity. CIT and many of its bondholders believe this plan maximizes franchise value. Importantly, under CIT’s plan all bondholder
class, large and small, are treated equally.
Mr. Icahn has also misrepresented the fundamental economics of the Company’s restructuring plan. As described in CIT’s plan of r
senior unsecured bondholders would receive consideration of $700 in new secured bonds for every $1,000 of existing bonds, in ad
consideration which would allow for participation in future value created by the Company. In addition, under the Company's plan, b
receive substantially all of the equity of CIT.
CIT also clarified several facts that were misrepresented in Mr. Icahn's letter related to its corporate governance and use of cash, b
detailed in the Amended Offering Memorandum. First, CIT's Board of Directors will be comprised of a majority of new independe
significant number of whom will be proposed by the Company's bondholders. In addition, CIT Chairman and Chief Executive Offic
has announced his resignation effective December 31s t.
Second, with regard to restrictions on the use of cash, contrary to Mr. Icahn's assertions, CIT has incorporated into its plan a cash
that places restrictions on the reinvestment of cash into the business and ensures that certain cash flows are used to accelerate the re
Through the restructuring and substantial deleveraging featured in CIT’s plan, whether completed in or out of court, the Company is
CIT will emerge as a strong bank holding company with improved capital, liquidity and earnings potential. CIT remains fully committ
small business and middle market customers, as it has for more than 100 years.
For Additional Information
A pre-recorded webcast presentation from CIT’s senior management team covering the Company’s current restructuring plan is av
website (http://ir.cit.com). Further information about the Company, its restructuring plan, including the amended offering memorandu
www.cit.com and by calling D.F. King & Co. at (800) 758-5880 or +1 (212) 269-5550.
The CIT Group Inc. exchange offers expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on Thursday, October 29, 2009, with the exceptio
notes maturing after 2018 for which there is an early acceptance date of October 29, 2009 and expiration date of November 13, 2
Delaware Funding Offers expire at 11:59 p.m. New York City time on Thursday, November 5, 2009 and have an Early Tender Da
2009. Tendered securities may be validly withdrawn at any time prior to the expiration, early acceptance or early tender dates.
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CIT (NYSE: CIT) is a bank holding company with more than $60 billion in finance and leasing assets that provides financial produc
services to small and middle market businesses. Operating in more than 50 countries across 30 industries, CIT provides an unparall
of relationship, intellectual and financial capital to its customers worldwide. CIT maintains leadership positions in small business and
lending, retail finance, aerospace, equipment and rail leasing, and vendor finance. Founded in 1908 and headquartered in New Yor
member of the Fortune 500. www.cit.com
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expectations and assumptions concerning future events, which are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause ac
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this press release, other than statements of historical fact, including without limitation, statements about our plans, strategies, prospec
expectations regarding future events and our financial performance, are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and un
these statements represent our current judgment on what the future may hold, and we believe these judgments are reasonable, these
guarantees of any events or financial results, and our actual results may differ materially. Important factors that could cause our actu
materially different from our expectations include, among others, CIT may need to seek protection under the US Bankruptcy Code,
offer is consummated, the risk that the $3 billion loan facility does not provide the liquidity that CIT is seeking due to material negati
CIT’s liquidity from draw down of loans by customers, the risk that CIT is unsuccessful in its efforts to effectuate a comprehensive r
liabilities, in which case CIT may be forced to seek bankruptcy relief. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on the forw
statements contained in this press release. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which the statements wer
undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, except where expressly required b
CIT MEDIA RELATIONS:
C. Curtis Ritter, 212-461-7711
Director of External Communications & Media Relations
CIT INVESTOR RELATIONS:
Ken Brause, 1-866-54CITIR (542-4847)
Executive Vice President
only as of the date on which the statements were made. CIT undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, except where expressly required by law.
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