CIT: Private Equity Gearing Up for Exits

The rebounding economy is creating a scenario where now is an ideal time for owners and private equity firms to sell. CIT executive offers insights on trends in private equity financing.

Mergers & Acquisitions Announces First Female Dealmaker of the Year

Mergers & Acquisitions announced that Gretchen Perkins won Dealmaker of the Year; GE Capital won Lender of the Year and HGGC was named Private Equity Firm of the Year.

There’s Still Time to Participate in ABFJ’s Marketplace Survey

ABF Journal invites readers to participate in its fifth annual ABL Marketplace Survey.

ISM: U.S. Services Sector Growth Slows in April

The Institute for Supply Management reported its Non-Manufacturing Index fell to 53.5% in April from 56% in March. The reading indicates continued growth in April, but at a slower rate, the ISM said.

ISM: Manufacturing Activity Expands in April

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 33rd consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 35th consecutive month, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

U.S. Small Business Lending Continues to Stall in March

The pace of lending to small businesses continues to be at a standstill, according to PayNet’s Small Business Lending Index. Small businesses are becoming increasingly concerned about the economy, targeting their investments to replace worn out equipment, PayNet said.

Fed: C&I Loan Demand Stronger; Banks More Competitive

A quarterly survey of senior loan officers by the Federal Reserve found that domestic banks are reporting an increase in demand for C&I loans from firms of all sizes. The report said many banks are easing terms, many doing so in response to more aggressive competition.

Q1 GDP Rises 2.2%; Equipment/Software Investment Up 1.7%

The Commerce Department reported that real gross domestic product increased 2.2% in Q1/12, after increasing 3.0% in Q4/11, according to the advance estimates by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Specialty Lender Says Economy Would Benefit From Big Bank Breakup

In an opinion letter that appeared in the American Banker, Cobra Capital president Dale Kluga says, “Breaking up the big banks will create more competition for the most important source of any job recovery – U.S. small businesses.”

Treasurers Desperate for Yield in Wake of Near-Zero Rates

According to a story that appeared on, some treasurers are looking for the slightest pickup in returns on their short-term cash, provided the risk falls within corporate investment policies.