Avis Budget Group Inc. announced May 26 that it has obtained commitments for approximately $325 million of operating lease financing for vehicles it plans to add to its U.S. car rental fleet over the next four months.
“This transaction represents another important step in the evolution and expansion of our fleet financing to reflect the changes that have occurred in the credit markets,” said David B. Wyshner, Avis Budget Group executive vice president and CFO. “With this financing, we are not only obtaining additional liquidity at competitive rates; we are also executing against a funding strategy that anticipates a rebound in car rental demand in 2010.”
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