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Goldman owed $1 billion if CIT fails
October 5, 2009 / 1:15 AM / in 8 years

Goldman owed $1 billion if CIT fails

<p>A man walks past the Goldman Sachs headquarters building in the financial district of New York May 8, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc would be due a payment of about $1 billion if troubled commercial lender CIT Group were to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Goldman would be owed the payment under a $3 billion rescue finance package it gave to CIT in June 2008. That rescue came before the U.S. government bought $2.33 billion of CIT preferred shares in December.

CIT would be required to pay the $1 billion as a “make-whole payment” under that agreement.

A Goldman executive stressed that the payment would not be a windfall payment, but that the $1 billion is simply the present value of the spread to be earned over the life of the facility.

Goldman is likely to agree to let CIT delay payment on some of the amount, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

Beyond the $1 billion payment from its rescue package, Goldman would also receive payment from credit insurance it holds if CIT were to go bankrupt.

The Goldman executive said the credit insurance was not a directional bet on CIT and was bought to protect against the possibility of a precipitous decline in the value of its collateral.

CIT could not be reached for comment.

Reporting by Michael Erman; Editing by Jan Paschal

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