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Banco Popular is Now Popular Community Bank in New York Metro

<p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Popular Completes National Rebranding From Banco Popular to Popular Community Bank</b></i> </p>

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Banco Popular is Now Popular Community Bank in New York Metro13:02 EDT Thursday, May 31, 2012 NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- After 51 years in New York, Banco Popular, a division of Popular, Inc. (NASDAQ:BPOP), becomes Popular Community Bank on June 4 with signage and related rebranding changes at 32 branches in New York City and seven in New Jersey. The culmination of a two-year process, the name change reflects an increasingly diverse customer base. Banco Popular Completes National Rebranding to Popular Community Bank. After 51 years in New York, Banco Popular becomes Popular Community Bank on June 4, 2012 with signage and related rebranding changes at 32 branches in New York City and 7 in New Jersey. A worker changes a sign at the bank branch on 164 East 116th Street in New York City. (Photo: Andy Kaynor) “The rebranding sends a clear message that we are a bank with the personal service of a community bank, deep roots in our communities and the capacity to meet the lending needs of any business,” said Richard Carrión, Chairman and CEO of Popular. The rebranding of the New York Metro branches completes the rebranding of Popular's U.S. banking operations that was successfully initiated as a pilot program in Illinois in 2010 and simultaneously rolled out to California and Florida in 2011. “The rebranding has produced good results, more business and reenergized our branches at a time when communities are looking for that personal service,” said Carlos Vázquez, President of Popular Community Bank. “With the name change, we want to maintain our strong connection to our traditional Hispanic customers and broaden our appeal to all demographics in the communities we serve.” Throughout the New York Metro area, Popular is investing in the refurbishment of its branch network and launching a region-wide advertising campaign and extensive multi-media financial literacy program. Popular opened its first branch in New York City on Westchester Avenue in the Bronx in 1961. The bank has grown with the city, with branches in four of the five boroughs and seven branches in New Jersey within close proximity of New York City. Popular Community Bank provides a broad array of financial services for businesses and consumers, including mobile banking and mobile check deposit. Popular Community Bank also provides over 35,000 surcharge-free ATMs across the U.S. Added Brian Doran, New York Region Executive: “We are changing in name only. Popular Community Bank remains committed to delivering superior customer service and staying actively involved in the communities where we do business.” Founded in 1893, Popular, Inc. is the leading banking institution by both assets and deposits in Puerto Rico, and the 37th largest in the U.S. by deposits. In the United States, Popular has established a community-banking franchise providing a broad range of financial services and products with 94 branches in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Florida and California. Services of Popular are available at branches and online at www.mypopularbanking.com. For customers seeking more information, call 1-800-377-0800 or email popularnet@bpop.com. Find out about the community service of Popular Community Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PopularCommunityBank. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50295829&lang=en For Popular, Inc.Fran Del Valle, 212-717-5499fran@influencecentral.comorEnrique Martel, 787-920-3121ManagerCorporate Communicationsemartel@bppr.com