YORK, Dec. 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- CIT, a
division of First Citizens Bank, today announced that CIT
Northbridge Credit, as advised by CIT Asset Management LLC, served
as agent on a $27.78 million credit facility for Applied
Optoelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAOI), a leading provider of
fiber-optic networking products.
Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Sugar Land, Texas, Applied Optoelectronics,
Inc. ("AOI") is a leading provider of fiber-optic access network
products for the internet data center, cable broadband,
fiber-to-the-home and telecommunications markets.
"The end-markets we serve are driven by bandwidth demand fueled
by the growth of network-connected devices, video traffic, cloud
computing and online social networking," said Stefan Murry, AOI's Chief Financial Officer.
"The financing provided by CIT Northbridge Credit supports our
continued focus on meeting the increased bandwidth demand through
fiber-optic networking technology, which we believe has become
essential in all of our key markets."
"AOI has a long history of relationships with reputable,
credit-worthy customers across the end-markets it serves," said
Neal Legan, who leads CIT
Northbridge Credit. "We are pleased to have worked closely with AOI
to provide a financing package that supports their business
strategy and future customer expansion."
CIT Northbridge Credit is a trusted financial partner
supporting middle-market companies with a broad range of flexible
asset-based debt solutions. A joint venture advised by CIT Asset
Management, it provides revolving and term loan commitments from
$15 million to $150 million to companies across various
industries and business cycles, and serves primarily as sole
lender, agent, club participant or co-lender.
CIT is a division of First Citizens Bank,
the largest family-controlled bank in the
United States, continuing a unique legacy of strength,
stability and long-term thinking that has spanned generations.
Parent company, First Citizens BancShares, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCNCA) is
a top 20 U.S. financial institution with more than $100 billion in assets. The company's commercial
banking segment brings a wide array of best-in-class lending,
leasing and banking services to middle-market companies and small
businesses from coast to coast. First Citizens also operates a
nationwide direct bank and a network of more than 550 branches in
22 states, many in high-growth markets. Industry specialists bring
a depth of expertise that helps businesses and individuals meet
their specific goals at every stage of their financial journey.
Discover more at cit.com/firstcitizens.
About Applied Optoelectronics
Inc. (AOI) is a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced
optical products, including components, modules and equipment.
AOI's products are the building blocks for broadband fiber access
networks around the world, where they are used in the internet
datacenter, CATV broadband, telecom and FTTH markets. AOI supplies
optical networking lasers, components and equipment to tier-1
customers in all four of these markets. In addition to its
corporate headquarters, wafer fab and advanced engineering and
production facilities in Sugar Land,
TX, AOI has engineering and manufacturing facilities in
Taipei, Taiwan and Ningbo, China. For additional information,
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