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John Keeley Comments on CIT Corporation (CIT)

June 01, 2012 | About:
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From Keeley Funds' first-quarter commentary:

Although idea generation here has been limited, we expect acceleration in this area in the future, and as mentioned previously, over the last few years we have identified a few attractive ideas, such as CIT Corporation (CIT) and Chemtura. We believe both companies have strong long-term outlooks. After CIT emerged from bankruptcy, it transitioned from a specialty finance company funded in the capital markets to a bank funded with deposits. While we anticipate that the asset side of the company will always be a bit different than most banks, we believe the liability side of the balance sheet should be more stable and fund the company at a lower cost. Assuming this transition is successful, we believe CIT should garner a much higher valuation and potentially higher than the 1.3-1.6x book value it traded at in the past. The stock has been a successful holding in our Mid Cap Value Fund, and we continue to believe the company has substantial upside from current levels.

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