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Comerica Announces $800 Million Common Stock Offering

DALLAS, March 8, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Comerica Incorporated today announced that it has commenced a public offering of approximately $800 million of its common stock for sale to the public.


The shares will be issued pursuant to a prospectus supplement filed as part of an existing shelf registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form S-3. Comerica intends to grant the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 10 percent of the shares sold to cover over-allotments, if any.

Subject to consultation with its banking regulators, Comerica intends to notify the U.S. Department of the Treasury of its intention to redeem all 2,250,000 shares of its Series F, Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, as issued to the Treasury under its Capital Purchase Program. If permitted to do so, Comerica intends to fund a portion of any such redemption with the proceeds of this offering.

J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. is serving as sole book-running manager of the offering.

This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of any offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any offer or sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus, copies of which may be obtained from J.P. Morgan Securities, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, Attention: Prospectus Department or by calling (866) 803-9204.

Comerica Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ralph W. Babb Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth S. Acton, and Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer John M. Killian will hold a conference call for investors today at 4:00 p.m. CT regarding this announcement. Interested parties may access the conference call by calling (800) 309-2262 or (706) 679-5261 (event ID No. 61582585).

Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth & Institutional Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. In addition to Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. Comerica reported total assets of $59.2 billion at December 31, 2009.

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SOURCE: Comerica Incorporated

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