Saturday, November 15, 2008

Synovus Selected to Participate in U.S. Treasury Capital Purchase Program

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Synovus (NYSE: SNV), the Columbus, Georgia-based financial services company announced today it has received preliminary approval from the U.S. Treasury for the sale of approximately $973 million in preferred stock and related warrants to Treasury under the Capital Purchase Program. The final approval is subject to satisfaction of certain conditions, including approval by Synovus’ shareholders of amendments to the company’s articles of incorporation and bylaws to allow Synovus to issue preferred stock, as well as the execution of definitive agreements.

The Capital Purchase Program, part of the U.S. Treasury Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), is designed to encourage U.S. financial institutions to build capital and increase the flow of financing to U.S. businesses and consumers. Treasury has set aside $250 billion dollars to invest in the country’s strongest financial institutions.

Synovus expects to use the proceeds from the Capital Purchase Program to further strengthen the company’s capital base, enhance lending capabilities and position Synovus banks to capitalize on competitive growth opportunities in local markets.

“Through participation in this program, we have the opportunity to gain valuable capital to invest in continued growth and economic recovery in each of the communities we serve,” said Richard Anthony, Chairman and CEO of Synovus. “We are especially focused on opportunities to carefully expand our lending efforts to consumers and businesses as we all work through these challenging economic times.”

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