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TRISTATE SHAREHOLDERS APPROVE MERGER WITH FIFTH THIRD

 CINCINNATI, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) and The TriState Bancorp (NASDAQ: TRIB) received regulatory and TriState shareholder approval today for their plans to merge later this month. The approvals clear the way for completion of the merger on Dec. 23, when the offices of TriState's subsidiary, First Financial Savings Association, F.A., will convert to Fifth Third Banking Centers. With the new locations, Fifth Third Bank, Cincinnati, a subsidiary of Fifth Third Bancorp, will grow to 104 Banking Centers throughout Cincinnati and Dayton.
 "We are pleased to see the agreement with Fifth Third come to fruition," said Robert Johnson, chairman of TriState. "We're confident this move will broaden the scope of products and services offered to our customers."
 "With this acquisition, we will continue to expand our existing Cincinnati market," said George A. Schaefer Jr., president and CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp. "TriState provides additional deposit and residential mortgage loan customer relationships and retail locations. We believe TriState will contribute positively to our per share earnings and future growth."
 Fifth Third Bancorp, headquartered in Cincinnati, has $11.4 billion in assets and 286 Banking Centers located in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Naples, Fla., including 64 Bank Marts open seven days a week inside select grocery stores. Fifth Third Bancorp's stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "FITB."
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 /CONTACT: Roberta R. Jennings of Fifth Third Bancorp, 513-579-4153/
 (FITB TRIB)


CO: Fifth Third Bancorp; The TriState Bancorp ST: Ohio IN: FIN SU: TNM

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