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Comerica Incorporated Completes Acquisition of Sterling Bancshares, Inc.
Positive Momentum Continues in Texas
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DALLAS, July 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) ("Comerica") today announced it has completed the acquisition of Sterling Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBIB) ("Sterling"). The announcement was made by Ralph W. Babb Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Comerica Incorporated and Comerica Bank.


Comerica has acquired all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Sterling in a stock-for-stock transaction. Under terms of the agreement, announced on January 18, 2011, Sterling shareholders are receiving 0.2365 shares of Comerica common stock in exchange for each share of Sterling common stock they owned, subject to payment of cash in lieu of fractional shares.

While Sterling and Comerica are now one entity, Sterling branches and ATMs will continue to carry the Sterling name until the completion of systems conversions by the end of the year. During this interim period, Sterling branches will be operated as a division of Comerica.

"We welcome Sterling customers, employees and shareholders to Comerica," said Babb. "We are committed to ensuring a smooth transition, and will continue to draw upon the expertise of our colleagues to make it happen."

The acquisition is expected to triple Comerica's Houston market share, provide an entry into the attractive San Antonio and Kerrville regions, and complement Comerica's banking center network in Dallas-Fort Worth.

"Our expanded footprint in Texas provides us ready access to customers and prospects in the state, including small businesses, middle market companies and the mass affluent," Babb said. "We plan to leverage our strong relationship banking culture while reaffirming our commitment to the communities we serve."

J. Downey Bridgwater, who has served as chairman and chief executive officer of Sterling, now becomes Comerica's Houston market president, reporting to J. Patrick Faubion, president of Comerica's Texas market.

"We anticipate a seamless integration of Sterling with Comerica, given the size of the transaction and our in-depth knowledge of the Texas market," Babb said.

About Comerica

Comerica Incorporated is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. In addition to Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Austin, 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 $54.1 billion at June 30, 2011. To receive e-mail alerts of breaking Comerica news, go to

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