SOURCE: Fulton Financial Corporation

April 18, 2008 17:11 ET

Fulton Financial Corporation to Enhance Credit Card Services

LANCASTER, PA--(Marketwire - April 18, 2008) - Fulton Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: FULT) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with U. S. Bank National Association ND, d/b/a Elan Financial Services ("Elan"), to significantly enhance the credit card services it provides to customers of its affiliate banks. Under the provisions of the agreement, Fulton will sell its credit card portfolio, with a current outstanding balance of approximately $85 million, to Elan. The transaction is expected to close within 45 days.

Under the terms of its agreement with Elan, Fulton will continue to sell and support credit card products and services through its affiliate bank branches and the credit cards will continue to be issued under the name of each of the corporation's 10 banks. The sale component of the transaction is expected to result in a 2008 pre-tax gain of approximately $10 million. The actual gain will depend on the balance of the portfolio on the sale date, among other factors.

R. Scott Smith, Jr., chairman, chief executive officer and president of Fulton Financial Corporation, described the agreement, saying, "This arrangement will create value for our customers and our shareholders. For investors, the transaction will be accretive to earnings not only in the first year, but also in the future, with significant additional revenue being generated by our joint marketing initiatives. For customers, this partnership will provide them with more personally tailored card features and benefits. They will continue to receive the high-touch personal service that they have come to expect from their relationships with our family of community banks."

Under the agreement, Fulton will be able to expand its overall credit card customer base by offering a more competitive product line to both existing and new markets. The enhanced product menu will include both a cash-back rewards program as well as a card specifically designed for the student market. The agreement includes strong marketing support from Elan. Fulton expects the transaction to be completed in the second quarter of 2008.

Fulton Financial Corporation is a Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based financial holding company with over 3,900 employees and which operates more than 265 banking offices in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia through the following affiliates: Fulton Bank, Lancaster, PA; Swineford National Bank, Middleburg, PA; Lafayette Ambassador Bank, Easton, PA; FNB Bank, N.A., Danville, PA; Hagerstown Trust, Hagerstown, MD; Delaware National Bank, Georgetown, DE; The Bank, Woodbury, NJ; The Peoples Bank of Elkton, Elkton, MD; Skylands Community Bank, Hackettstown, NJ; and The Columbia Bank, Columbia, MD.

The Corporation's financial services affiliates include Fulton Financial Advisors, N.A., Lancaster, PA; Fulton Insurance Services Group, Inc., Lancaster, PA; and Dearden, Maguire, Weaver and Barrett, LLC, West Conshohocken, PA.

Residential mortgage lending is offered by all banks through Fulton Mortgage Company.

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