Xerox Receives $557 Million Of Additional Financing From GE Capital
Press release from the issuing company
STAMFORD, Conn. -- March 27, 2002--Xerox announced today that it has made further progress in transitioning equipment financing to third parties.
Designed to significantly restructure Xerox's balance sheet through the reduction of debt, Xerox's vendor financing strategy also ensures that customers continue to quickly and easily obtain the Xerox equipment they need through flexible financing arrangements.
In the past month, the company has taken the following steps to move forward this key element of its turnaround strategy:
* Received $266 million of financing from GE Capital, secured by portions of Xerox's lease receivables in the United States. This securitization is in addition to the approximately $1.2 billion of U.S. financing received last year from GE Capital. The $266 million amortizes over a period that extends into 2005.
* Received $291 million of financing from GE Capital, secured by portions of Xerox's lease receivables in Canada. This arrangement too amortizes over a period that extends into 2005.
* Completed an agreement with Banco Itau, S.A to become the primary source of equipment financing for Xerox customers in Brazil. It is expected that beginning April 1, Banco Itau, S.A will provide the equipment financing for all new activations.
* Completed an agreement with CIT Group affiliates in Mexico to become the primary source of equipment financing for Xerox customers in Mexico beginning in the second quarter of this year.
* Activated the previously announced joint venture with De Lage Landen to manage equipment financing, billing and collections for the financing of Xerox equipment in the Netherlands. DLL owns 51 percent of the joint venture and provides the funding to support all new customer leases. Xerox owns the remaining 49 percent.
* Secured a preliminary agreement to transfer Xerox's equipment financing operations in Italy to a financing partner for $230 million. In addition to purchasing Xerox's existing lease portfolio in Italy, the partner will also provide ongoing, exclusive equipment financing for new activations. Pending final regulatory approval, this agreement is expected to be complete in April at which time more details will be disclosed.
With the recent receipt of this funding from GE Capital, Xerox's worldwide cash balance has increased to approximately $4.8 billion.
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