CIT 2Q Swings To 2Q Loss Amid Steep Debt-Related Costs

Date : 07/26/2011 @ 7:47AM
Source : Dow Jones News
Stock : Cit Grp. (Del) (CIT)
Quote : 46.31  0.32 (0.70%) @ 3:59PM

CIT 2Q Swings To 2Q Loss Amid Steep Debt-Related Costs

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CIT Group Inc.'s (CIT) swung to a second-quarter loss as the lender to small and mid-sized businesses struggled under heavy debt-related costs and a declining asset base.

"While our recent efforts to advance our liability restructuring initiatives further reduce our cost of capital and position CIT for long-term success and profitability, they negatively impacted our second-quarter results," said CIT Chief Executive John Thain.

CIT has said it hopes to move its vendor business platform to CIT Bank later this year, a move that would allow CIT to use its bank's deposits to fund vendor loans and help it reverse shrinkage of its asset base.

On Tuesday, CIT said total assets were $48.01 billion as of June 30, down from $55.45 billion a year earlier and $50.68 billion in the prior quarter.

CIT, which emerged from bankrupty protection in December 2009 after struggles during the credit crisis, has recently seen its name floated as a potential acquistion target. In May, one of CIT's largest shareholders cited Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) as just one of a handful of cash-flush banks that could show interest in the company.

CIT reported a loss of $48 million, or 24 cents a share, down from a year-earlier profit of $181.6 million, or 91 cents a share, a year earlier. The current period includes $163 million in debt-related costs, among other items.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters most recently forecast a per-share loss of 32 cents.

Total interest income slid 41% to $602.1 million. So-called "other" income fell 13% from the previous year to $657.8 million.

Credit-loss provisions fell to $85 million, down from $247 million a year earlier and $123 million a quarter earlier.

Shares of CIT closed Monday at $39.65 and were inactive in recent premarket trade. As of the close, the stock has fallen 16% in the past year.

-By Mia Lamar, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-3207;

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