Fifth Third Bank

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Fifth Third Bancorp to Participate in U.S. Treasury Capital Purchase Program

10/28/08

Fifth Third Bancorp (Nasdaq: FITB) today announced its participation in the U.S. Department of the Treasury's voluntary Capital Purchase Program ("CPP" or "Program").

We were notified on October 28, 2008, that the Treasury intends to invest approximately $3.45 billion in senior preferred stock and related warrants of Fifth Third Bancorp under the terms of the program. The anticipated sale of the preferred stock and warrants is subject to standard closing conditions and execution of definitive agreements, which have not yet been published.

The Treasury has announced plans to purchase up to $250 billion of senior preferred shares on a voluntary basis in healthy U.S. financial institutions, as part of its efforts to provide a firmer capital foundation for financial firms and to increase credit availability to consumers and businesses. Nine institutions participated initially in this plan and a number of others have subsequently announced their participation. We expect many additional institutions to also avail themselves of this program.

"This investment significantly enhances Fifth Third's already strong capital position," said Kevin T. Kabat, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Fifth Third Bancorp. "The additional capital increases our capacity to provide additional credit to businesses and consumers in our markets and to further assist struggling borrowers. It also adds to our flexibility in considering strategic opportunities that become available as the industry undergoes change. Finally, in accordance with our capital plan, it generates additional capital above our capital targets to provide for potential negative effects of a challenging and uncertain economic outlook."

In June, Fifth Third announced a capital plan that included, among other elements, raising its capital ratios targets - including a targeted Tier 1 ratio of 8 to 9 percent. As of September 30, 2008, our capital ratios were within target ranges and significantly above "well-capitalized" regulatory levels. The current investment, on a pro forma basis, would have increased our Tier 1 capital ratio on that date to approximately 11.5 percent from 8.5 percent; our Total capital ratio to 15.3 percent from 12.3 percent; and our ratio of tangible equity and tangible assets to 9.3 percent from 6.2 percent. Included within tangible equity is $1.1 billion of preferred stock issued in June that is convertible into common equity.

As part of our capital plan, we anticipated the sale of non-core assets that would generate an additional $1 billion or more in capital to provide for the possibility of a difficult 2009. Upon the Treasury's announcement of the CPP, we indicated that as we evaluated participation in the CPP, we would reevaluate our plans and activities with respect to pursuing a current sale of non-core assets as part of our capital plan. The CPP investment provides capital in excess of our previous planned levels, on terms we believe are favorable to our investors. As a result, while we will continue to evaluate our businesses from a strategic planning perspective, the sale of non-core assets is no longer a part of our near-term capital planning.

"We continue to own outstanding businesses that have significant value, a large portion of which is not reflected in our reported common equity and capital ratios," said Kabat. "This is a source of significant flexibility as we evaluate future opportunities for value creation that may present themselves in a changing financial services landscape. We'll continue to make our strategic decisions in the context of what's best for our shareholders and other investors and our customers."

The Treasury's investment consists of senior preferred stock with a five percent dividend for each of the first five years of the investment, and nine percent thereafter, unless the shares are redeemed. The shares are callable at par after three years and may be repurchased at any time under certain conditions. The Treasury will also receive 10-year warrants for common stock in the amount of 15 percent of the preferred stock investment. A summary of the CPP can be found on the Treasury's web site at www.ustreas.gov/initiatives/eesa.

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $116 billion in assets, operates 18 affiliates with 1,298 full-service Banking Centers, including 93 Bank Mart(R) locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and 2,329 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates five main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, Investment Advisors and Fifth Third Processing Solutions. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of September 30, 2008, has $196 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $ 30 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® National Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.”