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CIT Receives Regulatory Approval to Acquire OneWest Bank
Acquisition Expected to Close on August 3, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 07:38 PM
We welcome OneWest employees to CIT and we look forward to working with them to meet the needs of small and middle market businesses, the transportation industry, real estate sector and our retail bank customers.

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CIT Group Inc. (NYSE:CIT), a leading provider of commercial lending and leasing services, today announced that it has received approval from the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and all required state regulators to acquire OneWest Bank and its parent company IMB Holdco LLC. The transaction is expected to close on August 3, 2015, subject to the satisfaction of remaining closing conditions.

CIT and IMB Holdco have agreed to extend the date after which either party may elect to terminate their Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated July 21, 2014 (the “Merger Agreement”), pursuant to an amendment to the Merger Agreement. Additional details regarding the amendment will be provided in a Form 8-K filed by CIT.

“We are pleased to receive regulatory approval as we look to complete our acquisition of OneWest Bank,” said John A. Thain, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CIT. “We welcome OneWest employees to CIT and we look forward to working with them to meet the needs of small and middle market businesses, the transportation industry, real estate sector and our retail bank customers.”

Once the transaction is completed the combined company, CIT Group Inc., will have more than $65 billion in assets and more than $30 billion of deposits.1 Its principal bank subsidiary, CIT Bank, will merge with and into OneWest Bank and operate an Internet banking franchise, as well as a network of 70 retail branches throughout Southern California as OneWest Bank, a division of CIT Bank, N.A.

(1) Pro forma financial data based on unaudited CIT and OneWest data as of March 31, 2015.

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About CIT Bank

Founded in 2000, CIT Bank (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender) is the U.S. commercial bank subsidiary of CIT Group Inc. (NYSE:CIT). It provides lending and leasing to the small business, middle market and transportation sectors. CIT Bank (BankOnCIT.com) offers a variety of savings options designed to help customers achieve their financial goals. As of March 31, 2015, it had more than $16 billion of deposits and more than $21 billion of assets. cit.com/CITBank

About CIT

Founded in 1908, CIT (NYSE:CIT) is a financial holding company with more than $35 billion in financing and leasing assets. It provides financing, leasing and advisory services principally to middle market companies across more than 30 industries primarily in North America, as well as equipment financing and leasing solutions to the transportation industry worldwide. Its U.S. commercial bank subsidiary, CIT Bank (Member FDIC) BankOnCIT.com, offers a variety of savings options designed to help customers achieve their financial goals. cit.com

Forward-Looking Statements

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Contact:

CIT MEDIA RELATIONS: 
C. Curtis Ritter
Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications
(973) 740-5390
Curt.Ritter@cit.com

or

Matt Klein, 973-597-2020
Vice President, Media Relations
Matt.Klein@cit.com 

or

CIT INVESTOR RELATIONS: 
Barbara Callahan, 973-740-5058
Senior Vice President
Barbara.Callahan@cit.com