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CIT to Acquire Direct Capital

Tuesday, July 01, 2014  
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CIT Bank, the U.S. commercial bank subsidiary of CIT Group Inc., has entered into an agreement to acquire Portsmouth, N.H.-based Direct Capital Corp. The transaction will expand CIT's small business and middle-market lending and equipment leasing capabilities, and will allow Direct Capital's highly experienced team of professionals to offer CIT's broad range of products and services to its customers.

As part of the acquisition, Christopher J. Broom, co-founder and chairman of Direct Capital, and James P. Broom, CEO of Direct Capital, will continue to lead the business. The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter following the satisfaction of regulatory requirements and contractual conditions to closing. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"Through its customer-centric approach and unique value-added technology platform, Direct Capital has established itself as a leader in providing small and mid-sized businesses fast, flexible and affordable financing," said Nelson J. Chai, president, CIT Group Inc. and chairman and CEO, CIT Bank. "Direct Capital's proprietary online lending platform, LendEdge, will complement our existing small business and mid-market customer offerings as we continue to provide financing to these important sectors of the U.S. economy. I look forward to working with Chris, Jim and the entire Direct Capital team and building on their success."

Since its founding in 1993, Direct Capital has provided more than 80,000 small and mid-sized businesses more than $2.25 billion in equipment, franchise and vendor financing, and lending solutions to grow their businesses. Direct Capital has assets of approximately $500 million and employs 250 individuals. In 2013, it was named to the Inc. 500/5000 and Monitor 100 lists of top growth companies.

"We are excited to join the CIT family, which will allow us the opportunity to build upon our established business model of providing small and mid-sized businesses access to the capital they need to grow and prosper," Broom said. "CIT understands the importance of customer service and has built a reputation over the past 100 years of serving these sectors."

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