Mike Spector and Jeffrey McCracken report in the Wall Street Journal that CIT Readies Plan to Hand Control to Bondholders; but Bankruptcy Filing Is still an Option.

The fate of CIT Group Inc. was hanging in the balance Tuesday as the large commercial lender readied a plan that would likely hand control of the company to its bondholders.

CIT is preparing a sweeping exchange offer that would eliminate 30% to 40% of its more than $30 billion in debt outstanding, said people familiar with the matter.

The plan would offer bondholders new debt secured by CIT assets, as well as nearly all of the equity in a restructured firm. The new debt would mature later than current debt, the impending maturity of which has posed a problem .

Wall Street Journal