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WESBANCO RANKED NATIONALLY FOR SAFETY AND EARNINGS PERFORMANCE

 WHEELING, W.Va., June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- WesBanco, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSBC) President and CEO, Edward M. George, today announced that the Wheeling-based multi-bank holding company has again been recognized by the financial press for its strength and outstanding financial performance.
 The most recent rating given to WesBanco appeared in the June 1993 issue of United States Banker Magazine in its annual ranking of the nation's second hundred largest publicly traded banking companies. WesBanco was rated third overall in a combined safety and earnings score based on yearend 1992 financial data and each bank's comparison with the others in the group.
 Factors considered in the safety score included the relationship of loan loss reserve, tangible equity, non-performing assets and loans that are 90 days past due with the bank's average assets for 1992. The factor used to calculate the earnings score was the bank's adjusted return on average assets as compared with the average for the 100 banks. The return on asset adjustments were made by SNL Securities and reflect net income without non-recurring items or securities gains. WesBanco's safety score and earnings score were added together to produce a total score that placed the bank third in the overall ranking.
 Over the past five years, WesBanco has been frequently recognized by the financial press for financial strength and outstanding performance. Money magazine ranked WesBanco Bank Wheeling for two consecutive years as one of the safest banks in the nation. American Banker called WesBanco one of the country's "Magnificent Seven." And, Barron's ranked WesBanco as "the most profitable of the publicly traded banks in West Virginia."
 In its April 1992 issue, United States Banker ranked "America's 60 Most Profitable Banks." Their survey was conducted in an attempt to determine what makes a bank outstandingly profitable over a number of years. They looked at everything from size and region to the age of a bank's CEO. While there seemed to be no single reason for outstanding performance, the most profitable were a mix of large and small and urban and rural, certain states and regions stood out and certain banks also stood out. WesBanco was one of them.
 George said, "To be placed on these lists is an honor for the corporation. It underscores our commitment to performance as recognized by experts in the field of financial analysis."
 WesBanco is the parent company of 11 affiliate banks that offer full service banking through 25 locations in West Virginia and eastern Ohio. WesBanco affiliates include WesBanco Wheeling and WesBanco Elm Grove in Wheeling; WesBanco Wellsburg in Wellsburg, W.Va.; WesBanco Sistersville in Sistersville, W.Va.; WesBanco New Martinsville in New Martinsville, W.Va.; WesBanco Sissonville and WesBanco South Hills in the Charleston, W.Va. area; WesBanco Elizabeth and Parkersburg in the Parkersburg, W.Va. area; WesBanco Kingwood in Kingwood, W.Va.; and WesBanco Barnesville in Barnesville, Ohio.
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 /CONTACT: Edward M. George, president and CEO of WesBanco, 304-234-9208/
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