Michael J. Critelli, Chairman and CEO of Pitney Bowes Inc. said, “In January, 2003 we announced our decision to stop active origination of long-term external financing transactions and to liquidate our $2 billion-plus portfolio over time. Our objective was to reduce the risks associated with complex, long-term financing transactions, enhance our financial flexibility and sharpen our focus on our core businesses.
In looking at our options for maximizing the value of both Pitney Bowes and Capital Services, we decided that both entities had the potential to benefit from a sponsored spin-off under the right conditions.”
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Critelli concluded, “As separate entities, Pitney Bowes and Capital Services could leverage our respective core strengths, sharpen the focus on the growth opportunities in our designated markets, and maximize speed and responsiveness to changing customer and competitive conditions.”
Pitney Bowes is the world's leading provider of integrated mail and document management systems, services and solutions. The $4.6 billion company helps organizations of all sizes efficiently and effectively manage their mission-critical mail and document flow in physical, digital and hybrid formats. Its solutions range from addressing software and metering systems to print stream management, electronic bill presentment and presort mail services. The company's 80-plus years of technological leadership has produced many major innovations in the mailing industry and more than 3,500 active patents with applications in a variety of markets, including printing, shipping, encryption, and financial services. With approximately 33,000 employees worldwide, Pitney Bowes serves more than 2 million businesses through direct and dealer operations. For more information about Pitney Bowes please visit www.pb.com and to learn more about Capital Services visit www.pb.com/pbcs .
The forward-looking statements contained in this news release involve risks and uncertainties, and are subject to change based on various important factors including timely development and acceptance of new products, gaining product approval, successful entry into new markets, changes in interest rates, and changes in postal regulations, as more fully outlined in the company’s 2003 Form 10-K Annual Report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, the forward-looking statements are subject to change based on the timing and specific terms of the spin-off.