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Agilent Technologies

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agreed to sell a portfolio of leased assets to

CIT Group

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and expects the deal to generate about $220 million in revenue and $120 million in operating profit for the fourth quarter.

The sale is part of an agreement in which CIT will provide equipment financing and leasing services to Agilent customers through a new unit called Agilent Financial Services.

Agilent, which makes test and measurement systems, along with semiconductor and optical components, also expects the deal to add $250 million to $300 million in fiscal 2001 revenue and between $125 million and $150 million in fiscal 2001 operating profit.

In addition, the company estimated that the change in revenue recognition for new-order originations will result in between $150 million and $200 million in additional net revenue in fiscal 2001. Additional operating profits will be between $75 million and $100 million in 2001 as a result of the change in revenue recognition.

Shares of Agilent were recently down 25 cents, or 0.5%, to $44.50, while CIT shares were up 38 cents, or 2.7%, to $13.94.