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Report: CIT Group again on brink of collapse

The Associated Press – CIT Group Inc. shares plunged in premarket trading Wednesday as the commercial lender is reportedly trying to craft an exchange that would cut its debt and offer bondholders an equity stake in the company in a bid to avoid bankruptcy.

Shares of the New York-based financial firm, one of the nation’s largest lenders to small and midsize businesses, fell 61 cents, or 27.7 percent, to $1.59 in premarket trading.

CIT Group is preparing an exchange offer that would eliminate as much as 40 percent of its more than $30 billion in outstanding debt, The Wall Street Journal said, citing anonymous sources. The exchange would hand control of the company over to its bondholders and wipe out common stockholders, according to the report.

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