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    CIT Announces Exchange Offer for Its 5.000% Senior Unsecured Notes Due 2017
    Thursday, December 8, 2016 06:30 AM

    NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CIT Group Inc. (NYSE:CIT) (the “Company”), www.cit.com, a leading provider of commercial lending and leasing services, today announced that it has commenced an offer to exchange (the “Exchange Offer”) any and all of its outstanding 5.000% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2017 (the “Old Notes”) for its newly issued 5.000% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2018 (the “New Notes”), upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the offering memorandum dated December 8, 2016 (the “Offering Memorandum”), and the accompanying Letter of Transmittal.

    The New Notes will mature on May 15, 2018, which is one year later than the maturity of the Old Notes. The New Notes will have the same interest rate, ranking and covenants as the Old Notes. Commencing on May 15, 2017, which is the maturity date of the Old Notes, the New Notes will be redeemable at the Company’s option at 100.50% of the principal amount of the New Notes.

    “While we continue to expect the sale of CIT Commercial Air to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2017, extending the maturity of the notes due in May 2017 will provide financial flexibility and enable CIT to better manage its liquidity profile in the event of an unexpected delay in the sale,” said Carol Hayles, Chief Financial Officer.

    The table below summarizes the principal economic terms of the Exchange Offer.

                                   

    Old Notes
    to be
    Exchanged

       

    CUSIP Number /
    ISIN

       

    Aggregate
    Principal
    Amount
    Outstanding

       

    Exchange
    Consideration (1)

       

    Early Tender
    Payment (1)

       

    Total Exchange
    Consideration (1)(2)

    5.000% Senior
    Unsecured
    Notes due 2017

       

    125581 GM4 /
    US125581GM42

        $1,208,672,000    

    $997.50 principal
    amount of New
    Notes

       

    $2.50 principal
    amount of New
    Notes

       

    $1,000 principal
    amount of New
    Notes

                                   
    (1)     For each $1,000 principal amount of Old Notes.
    (2)     Includes the Early Tender Payment.
           

    In order to be eligible to receive the Total Exchange Consideration of $1,000 in principal amount of New Notes per $1,000 principal amount of Old Notes, holders are required to validly tender their Old Notes in the Exchange Offer prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December 21, 2016 (such date and time, as it may be extended by the Company, the “Early Deadline”). Holders will be eligible to receive only the Exchange Consideration of $997.50 in principal amount of New Notes per $1,000 principal amount of Old Notes for any Old Notes tendered in the Exchange Offer after the Early Deadline. The Exchange Offer will expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on January 6, 2017 (such date and time, as it may be extended by the Company, the “Expiration Time”).

    In addition to the Total Exchange Consideration or Exchange Consideration, as applicable, all Old Notes accepted for exchange will also receive payment of accrued and unpaid interest in cash to, but not including, the initial settlement date for the Exchange Offer. Interest on the New Notes will accrue from (and including) the initial settlement date for the Exchange Offer. Settlement of Old Notes accepted for exchange will occur promptly after the Early Deadline and the Expiration Time, as applicable, and is expected to be within two business days following the Early Deadline or one business day following the Expiration Time, as applicable.

    The New Notes will only be issued in minimum denominations of $2,000 and integral multiples of $1,000 in excess thereof. The Company will not accept any tender that would result in the issuance of less than $2,000 principal amount of New Notes.

    The Exchange Offer is subject to certain customary conditions described in the Offering Memorandum. The Exchange Offer is not subject to any minimum principal amount of Old Notes being tendered in the Exchange Offer. Old Notes that are tendered may be validly withdrawn at any time prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December 21, 2016. The Company reserves the right to amend, extend or terminate the Exchange Offer at any time subject to applicable law.

    The Exchange Offer and the issuance of the New Notes have not and will not be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or any other applicable securities laws, and, unless so registered, the New Notes may not be offered, sold, pledged or otherwise transferred within the United States or to or for the account of any U.S. person, except pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements thereof. Accordingly, the New Notes are being offered and will be issued only to (i) “qualified institutional buyers” (as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act (“Rule 144A”)) and (ii) non-“U.S. persons” who are outside the United States in compliance with Regulation S under the Securities Act (“Regulation S”). Non U.S.-persons may also be subject to additional eligibility criteria.

    Available Documents and Other Details

    Documents relating to the Exchange Offer will only be distributed to holders of the Old Notes who complete and return an eligibility form confirming that they are either a “qualified institutional buyer” under Rule 144A or not a “U.S. person” under Regulation S for purposes of applicable securities laws. Holders of Old Notes who desire to complete an eligibility form should either visit http://www.dfking.com/cit or request instructions by sending an e-mail to cit@dfking.com or by calling D.F. King & Co., Inc., the information and exchange agent for the Exchange Offer, at 800-628-8536 (U.S. toll-free) or 212-269-5550 (banks and brokers).

    The complete terms and conditions of the Exchange Offer are set forth in the Offering Memorandum and related Letter of Transmittal. This press release is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell the New Notes. The Exchange Offer is only being made pursuant to the Offering Memorandum and the related Letter of Transmittal. The Exchange Offer is not being made to holders of Old Notes in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities, blue sky or other laws of such jurisdiction. The New Notes have not been approved or disapproved by any regulatory authority, nor has any such authority passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of the Offering Memorandum.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable federal securities laws that are based upon our current expectations and assumptions concerning future events, which are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. The words “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “initiative,” “objective,” “plan,” “goal,” “project,” “outlook,” “priorities,” “target,” “intend,” “evaluate,” “pursue,” “commence,” “seek,” “may,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “believe,” “potential,” “continue,” or the negative of any of those words or similar expressions is intended to identify forward-looking statements. All statements contained in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, including without limitation, statements about our plans, strategies, prospects and expectations regarding future events and our financial performance, are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and uncertainties. While these statements represent our current judgment on what the future may hold, and we believe these judgments are reasonable, these statements are not guarantees of any events or financial results, and our actual results may differ materially. We describe risks that could affect our results in Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” of our latest Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which the statements were made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, except where expressly required by law.

     

    About CIT
    Founded in 1908, CIT (NYSE: CIT) is a financial holding company with more than $65 billion in assets. Its principal bank subsidiary, CIT Bank, N.A., (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender) has more than $30 billion of deposits and more than $40 billion of assets. It provides financing, leasing and advisory services principally to middle-market companies across a wide variety of industries primarily in North America, and equipment financing and leasing solutions to the transportation sector. It also offers products and services to consumers through its Internet bank franchise and a network of retail branches in Southern California, operating as OneWest Bank, a division of CIT Bank, N.A. cit.com

     

     

    Contact:

    CIT MEDIA RELATIONS:
    Matt Klein, 973-597-2020
    Director, Media Relations
    Matt.Klein@cit.com
    or
    CIT INVESTOR RELATIONS:
    Barbara Callahan, 973-740-5058
    Senior Vice President
    Barbara.Callahan@cit.com

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