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CIT Reaches Agreement To Sell Stake In TC-CIT Aviation Joint Ventures
JV partner Tokyo Century Corporation will become sole owner of aviation entities
Thursday, March 9, 2017 06:00 PM



NEW YORK, March 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT), a leading provider of commercial lending and leasing services, today announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its 30 percent ownership stake in the commercial aircraft leasing joint ventures TC-CIT Aviation Ireland and TC-CIT Aviation U.S., Inc. to its joint venture partner Tokyo Century Corporation (TC). The share purchase is expected to close on or prior to March 31, 2017, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Following this transaction, TC will be the sole owner of the entities.

"Last year we made the strategic decision to exit the commercial aircraft leasing business and focus CIT on our leading middle-market and small business lending platforms that can be supported by our growing banking franchises. This transaction to exit the aviation joint ventures is another point of progress in that plan," said CIT Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer Ellen R. Alemany. "We remain focused on completing the strategic actions to exit the joint ventures, as well as the previously announced sale of CIT Commercial Air, and returning capital to our shareholders."

In October 2016 the company announced a definitive agreement to sell CIT Commercial Air, its commercial aircraft leasing business, to Avolon Holdings Limited (Avolon), the international aircraft leasing company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bohai Capital Holding Co. Ltd.  

The TC-CIT joint ventures were established in October 2014 through a 70 percent equity contribution by TC and 30 percent equity contribution by CIT.  The TC-CIT joint ventures were excluded from the sale to Avolon.

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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.

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