Commercial Real Estate on the Rise

  Commercial Real Estate on the Rise

  CIT Executive Insights Series Focuses on 2013 U.S. Commercial Real Estate
                                Sector Outlook

  *Metro New York Area the Strongest Market in the Country
  *Multifamily Assets Present Opportunities Across the Sector
  *Private Equity Firms Buying REITs
  *Abundance of Distressed Commercial Buildings to Repurpose
  *Constrained European Banking Market Presents Opportunities

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- March 27, 2013

Commercial real estate markets on either coast are outperforming assets in the
mid-U.S. because they are home to gateway cities that trade with Asia and
Europe. The hottest of these markets right now is the New York metropolitan
area, as it’s experiencing an 8-year low in the supply of residential real
estate; but other national markets may provide better risk adjusted returns,
according to Matt Galligan, President of CIT Real Estate Finance at CIT Group
Inc. (NYSE: CIT) cit.com, a leading provider of financing and advisory
services to small businesses and middle market companies. Galligan further
discusses the opportunities and challenges in the sector, the role of private
equity firms in the industry and trends to watch in the “2013 Commercial Real
Estate Sector Outlook,” the latest in a series of in-depth executive Q&As
featured in CIT’s Executive Insights series (cit.com/executiveinsights).

Multifamily Market – Opportunities and Potential Challenges

According to Galligan, there are plenty of opportunities across all markets,
however, there’s some concern with the Class A new multifamily market. “If
interest rates increase, or as residential mortgage lending thaws, providing
home loans to first-time buyers, it could put pressure on that asset class
where capitalization rates are incredibly low,” he said. “There are also
opportunities with Class B multifamily assets in the Midwest, where the
capitalization rates are higher and demand is quite strong. Additionally,
convenience oriented strip shopping centers in the Midwest tend to hold their
value because the threat of a new supply is not great.”

Private Equity Firms Now Major Players

In sharp contrast to institutional ownership in previous years, where
insurance companies and pension funds had become the largest acquirers of real
estate in the U.S., private equity firms are now buying real estate investment
trusts (REITs) and repositioning them into private companies. “A great example
is the Blackstone Group’s recent purchase of Duke Realty’s suburban office
holdings,” said Galligan. “As a result, Blackstone has become a major player
in suburban office space in the Midwest and suburban Atlanta markets.”

Distressed Commercial Properties Offer Opportunities

There’s an abundance of new projects to repurpose financially distressed
commercial buildings, as well as recapitalizations. “During the Great
Recession there were many ventures in the urban core of cities that had
significant investment in them, but were stopped mid-stream,” said Galligan.
“These projects often were acquired below replacement cost from the original
developer and provide very good lending opportunities if the new business plan
is sound.”

Constrained European Banking Market Presents Opportunities

As the European banking market remains constrained, many European banks
continue to retrench. “We are witnessing a change regarding who will provide
capital,” said Galligan. “The European banks don’t have equity right now to
support even modest losses, so replacement capital will come from U.S. banks
that have strong capital ratios and high liquidity.”

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positions in small business and middle market lending, factoring, retail
finance, aerospace, equipment and rail leasing, and global vendor finance. CIT
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through its online bank BankOnCIT.com, offers a suite of savings options
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