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    CIT Serves as Lead Arranger in American Internet Services Financing
    Monday, December 12, 2011 08:30 AM
    We have had a solid business relationship with CIT since 2007. This latest transaction will allow us to strategically develop our business and meet the needs of our customers.

    NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) cit.com, a leading provider of financing to small businesses and middle market companies, announced that it has provided a $46.5 million senior secured credit facility to American Internet Services (AIS), a leading provider of enterprise-class data center and connectivity services in the Western United States.

    CIT Communications, Media & Entertainment served as Sole Lead Arranger of the financing, which AIS will use to support the Company’s strategic growth and expansion strategy and to lower its cost of capital. Financing was provided by CIT Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CIT. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    “This financing is another example of CIT’s longstanding support for middle market companies in the data center sector,” said Joseph E. Junda, Senior Director, CIT Communications, Media & Entertainment. “AIS is a recognized regional leader in enterprise-class infrastructure services and we are pleased to have arranged this financing that will support their future growth.”

    Tim Caulfield, Chief Executive Officer at AIS, said, “We have had a solid business relationship with CIT since 2007. This latest transaction will allow us to strategically develop our business and meet the needs of our customers.”

    Scott McCormack, Partner of Seaport Capital, the lead investor in AIS, added, “CIT has been a strong partner for AIS. Their team of highly experienced financial professionals is dedicated to serving the strategic and financial needs of its clients, which is why Seaport looks forward to the continued partnership between AIS and CIT.”

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    About American Internet Services

    American Internet Services (AIS) is an enterprise-class data center and connectivity services company, with premium data center footprints in Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix. AIS provides unsurpassed security and award-winning redundancy for both primary and disaster recovery (DR/BCP) colocation setups, cost-effective transit and transport connectivity solutions over fiber, copper and wireless, as well as managed services such as geographic load balancing, Internet firewall security and remote data storage. Privately held, AIS is backed by Seaport Capital, Viridian Investments, and DuPont Capital Management. americanis.net

    Seaport Capital

    Seaport Capital is a value-based, active investor. We focus our efforts on private companies with market capitalizations between $10 and $100 million and equity capital needs of $5 to $20 million. We work with talented management teams to create valuable companies that are leaders in their market segments. We are long-term investors focused on generating high investment multiples for our investment partners and our portfolio company management teams. Our substantial industry expertise and extensive investing experience enable us to develop winning strategies; our relationships and resources help achieve them.seaportcapital.com

    About CIT Corporate Finance

    CIT Corporate Finance provides lending, leasing and other financial and advisory services to the small business and middle market sectors, with a focus on specific industries, including Communications, Energy, Entertainment, Healthcare, Industrials, Information Services & Technology, Restaurants, Retail, Sports and Gaming. cit.com/corporatefinance

    About CIT

    Founded in 1908, CIT (NYSE: CIT) is a bank holding company with more than $34 billion in financing and leasing assets. A member of the Fortune 500, it provides financing and leasing capital to its more than one million small business and middle market clients and their customers across more than 30 industries. CIT maintains leadership positions in small business and middle market lendingfactoringretail financeaerospace, equipment and rail leasing, and global vendor financecit.com

     

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    CIT MEDIA RELATIONS:
    C. Curtis Ritter, 973-740-5390
    Director of Corporate Communications
    Curt.Ritter@cit.com
    or
    Matt Klein, 973-597-2020
    VP, Media Relations
    Matt.Klein@cit.com
    or
    CIT INVESTOR RELATIONS:
    Ken Brause, 212-771-9650
    Executive Vice President
    Ken.Brause@cit.com

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