CIT Agrees to Sell Home Lending Business

Completes Exit of Business Including Entire Loan Book and Servicing Operations

NEW YORK--()--CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT), a leading global commercial finance company, announced today that it has agreed to sell its Home Lending business, consisting of $9.3 billion in assets and related servicing operations, to Lone Star Funds for $1.5 billion in cash and the assumption of $4.4 billion of outstanding debt and other related liabilities. The servicing centers, which employ approximately 300 people, are located in Marlton, NJ and Oklahoma City, OK.

In a separate transaction, CIT agreed to sell its approximately $470 million manufactured housing portfolio to Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. for approximately $300 million. Net cash proceeds from the two transactions are expected to be approximately $1.8 billion.

In the second quarter of 2008, CIT expects to record an estimated pretax loss for the Home Lending segment of approximately $2.5 billion ($2.0 billion after tax). This loss consists of an estimated $2.2 billion loss on sale and an approximate $350 million loss from operations during the period. Home Lending will be accounted for as a discontinued operation. The sale of the portfolios is scheduled to be completed in July, while the transfer of the servicing platform will be completed by the first quarter 2009. It is expected that the company's pro forma tangible equity to managed assets ratio at June 30, 2008 will be in excess of 9%, above the company's current 8.5% target.

These sales complete our exit from all home lending businesses, removing the uncertainty surrounding this asset class, and advances our strategic transformation into a company focused entirely on commercial finance, said Jeffrey M. Peek, Chairman and CEO, of CIT.

This transaction represents another significant step in CITs efforts to reduce risk and enhance liquidity, as it positions itself for long-term success and profitability. Since April 1, 2008, the Company has successfully executed on several additional key balance sheet strengthening initiatives, including: raising $1.6 billion in new capital, completing asset-backed financings of approximately $1.5 billion, selling more than $2 billion of assets at approximately book value and obtaining a $3 billion long-term financing facility from Goldman Sachs, while retiring $5.3 billion in debt and significantly reducing unfunded commitments.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley served as financial advisors to CIT. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and McKee Nelson, LLP served as CIT's legal advisors.

Mr. Peek and Joseph M. Leone, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, will host an investor conference call at 9:00 AM EDT today, Tuesday, July 1, 2008, to discuss this announcement.

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About CIT

CIT (NYSE: CIT) is a global commercial finance company that provides financial products and advisory services to more than one million customers in over 50 countries across 30 industries. A leader in middle market financing, CIT has more than $80 billion in managed assets and provides financial solutions for more than half of the Fortune 1000. A member of the S&P 500 and Fortune 500, it maintains leading positions in asset-based, cash flow and Small Business Administration lending, equipment leasing, vendor financing and factoring. The CIT brand platform, Capital Redefined, articulates its value proposition of providing its customers with the relationship, intellectual and financial capital to yield infinite possibilities. Founded in 1908, CIT is celebrating its Centennial throughout 2008. www.cit.com

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements (including statements regarding future financial and operating results) involve risks, uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond CITs control, which may cause actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from anticipated results, performance, or achievements. All statements contained in this release that are not clearly historical in nature are forward-looking, and the words anticipate, believe, expect, estimate, plan, target, and similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. Economic, business, funding market, competitive and/or regulatory factors, among others, affecting CITs businesses are examples of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. More detailed information about these factors are described in CITs filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2008. CIT is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. This release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined under SEC rules. As required by SEC rules, we have provided a reconciliation of those measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures, which is available with this release and on our website at http://ir.cit.com.

Contacts

CIT Group Inc.
Media Relations:
Director of External Communications and Media Relations
Curt Ritter, 212-461-7711
curt.ritter@cit.com
or
Director of Media Relations
Mary Flynn, 212-461-7860
mary.flynn@cit.com
or
Investor Relations:
Executive Vice President
Ken Brause, 212-771-9650
ken.brause@cit.com

Contacts

CIT Group Inc.
Media Relations:
Director of External Communications and Media Relations
Curt Ritter, 212-461-7711
curt.ritter@cit.com
or
Director of Media Relations
Mary Flynn, 212-461-7860
mary.flynn@cit.com
or
Investor Relations:
Executive Vice President
Ken Brause, 212-771-9650
ken.brause@cit.com