CIT Agrees to Acquire Commercial Loan Portfolio from Flagstar Bank

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 5:00 pm EST

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"We will continue to look for opportunities to deploy our capital in transactions that generate good returns."

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) cit.com, a leading provider of financing and advisory services to small businesses and middle market companies, today announced that it has agreed to acquire a commercial loan portfolio from Flagstar Bank (FSB), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: FBC).

Under the terms of the agreement, CIT Bank, the U.S. commercial bank subsidiary of CIT, will acquire approximately $1.3 billion in commercial loan commitments, of which approximately $800 million is currently outstanding. The assets represent a substantial portion of FSB’s Northeast-based commercial loan portfolio, which consists primarily of asset-based, commercial real estate, and equipment finance loans and leases. The purchase is expected to be substantially completed during the first quarter of 2013.

"We are pleased to be able to acquire a pool of commercial loans that complements our existing corporate finance portfolio and will further expand our middle market customer base,” said Nelson J. Chai, President of CIT. “We will continue to look for opportunities to deploy our capital in transactions that generate good returns.”

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About Flagstar

Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Flagstar Bank, a full-service financial institution offering a range of products and services to consumers, businesses, and homeowners. With $14.9 billion in total assets at September 30, 2012, Flagstar is the largest publicly held savings bank headquartered in the Midwest. As of September 30, 2012, Flagstar operated 111 branches in Michigan, 31 home loan centers in 14 states, and a total of four commercial banking offices in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Flagstar originates loans nationwide and is one of the leading originators of residential first mortgage loans. For more information, please visit flagstar.com

About CIT Bank

Founded in 2000, CIT Bank (Member FDIC) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT). It is regulated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Utah Department of Financial Institutions. As of September 30, 2012, CIT Bank had $8.6 billion of deposits and $11.6 billion of assets. CIT Bank makes loans without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, handicap or familial status. BankOnCIT.com

About CIT

Founded in 1908, CIT (NYSE: CIT) is a bank holding company with more than $33 billion in financing and leasing assets. A member of the Fortune 500, it provides financing and leasing capital as well as advisory services to its small business and middle market clients and their customers across more than 30 industries. CIT maintains leadership positions in small business and middle market lending, factoring, retail finance, aerospace, equipment and rail leasing, and global vendor finance. CIT also operates CIT Bank (Member FDIC), BankOnCIT.com, its primary bank subsidiary, which offers a suite of savings options designed to help customers achieve a range of financial goals. cit.com

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CIT MEDIA RELATIONS:
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Director of Corporate Communications
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Matt Klein, 973-597-2020
Vice President, Media Relations
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Executive Vice President
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