Daily News: February 8, 2012

CIT to Redeem $4 Billion of Debt Tied to Bankruptcy


CIT announced that it will redeem all of its nearly $4 billion of remaining 7% Series A second-priority secured notes including approximately $1 billion of the notes maturing in 2016 and approximately $2.9 billion of the notes maturing in 2017.

“This is a significant milestone for CIT,” said John A. Thain, chairman and chief executive officer. “The elimination of our remaining Series A notes will result in a largely unencumbered balance sheet as our Series C notes and revolving credit facility will become unsecured. These efforts will improve our financial flexibility as we continue to provide much needed financing to the small business and middle market sectors.”

Including this redemption, CIT will have eliminated or refinanced approximately $22 billion of first lien and second lien debt since the beginning of 2010, including $7.5 billion of first lien debt, its entire $12.3 billion of Series A second-priority secured notes and its entire $2.1 billion of Series B second-priority secured notes.