Fifth Third Bancorp and Advent International Announce Closing of Processing Joint Venture Transaction

Jun 30, 2009, 16:33 ET from Advent International

Business Well Positioned for Future Growth

CINCINNATI and BOSTON, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Fifth Third Bancorp (Nasdaq: FITB) and Advent International announced today the consummation of their joint venture transaction for Fifth Third's processing business. Advent is purchasing an approximate 51% interest in Fifth Third's merchant acquiring and financial institutions businesses, most of the assets and operations of which are held by a limited liability company ("the LLC"). The transaction is valued at approximately $2.35 billion before valuation adjustments by either party. Fifth Third will retain an approximate 49% interest in the LLC, and will also retain its credit card issuing business, which includes retail credit card and commercial multi-card services.

"We believe we are very well positioned for the future," said Charles Drucker, CEO of Fifth Third Processing Solutions, LLC. "Our clients will maintain the same industry-leading platform as before, working with the same team, delivering the same high caliber client service they are accustomed to. Reaction to this transaction from our clients has been very favorable, and our employees are also excited about the future of this company."

"Fifth Third Processing Solutions has a highly efficient model and an experienced management team, and we are excited about the opportunity to invest in the growth of this business," said Chris Pike, a Managing Director at Advent. "We believe that our international relationships, sector experience and operational expertise, coupled with Fifth Third's sales and distribution capabilities, will make for a successful partnership."

"Today's closing begins a new chapter for this business and Fifth Third," said Kevin T. Kabat, Chairman, President and CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp. "This completes the capital plan we laid out in June of 2008, and enables us to focus more fully on leveraging the opportunities of the processing business with Advent and of our other businesses. We are pleased to be able to continue to participate in the future growth of Fifth Third Processing Solutions."

Fifth Third will recognize a pre-tax gain of approximately $1.7 billion ($1.0 billion after-tax) on the transaction. The transaction is expected to contribute an estimated $1.2 billion in Tier 1 common equity, and to enhance the Tier 1 common equity ratio by approximately 100 bps and the Tier 1 capital ratio by approximately 95 bps.

Advent has been investing in the financial services sector for over 20 years, and has backed more than 25 companies worldwide in a broad range of sub-sectors, including payments, transaction processing, and financial technology. Advent has made several investments of particular relevance to Fifth Third Processing Solutions: CSU CardSystem, a leading card processor in Brazil, which went public in 2006; Dolex Dollar Express, a leading money transfer business which Advent sold to Global Payments in 2003; and Monext, a French merchant acquirer and bank processor which Advent acquired in 2008.

Credit Suisse acted as exclusive financial advisor, while Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP, Chapman & Cutler, LLP, Alston & Bird, LLP, and Graydon Head & Ritchey, LLP acted as legal advisors to Fifth Third in this transaction. Morgan Stanley and Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP acted as financial and legal advisor, respectively, to Advent.

About Fifth Third Bancorp and Fifth Third Processing Solutions

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of March 31, 2009, the Company had $119 billion in assets, operates 16 affiliates with 1,318 full-service Banking Centers, including 99 Bank Mart(R) locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and 2,354 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 49% interest in Fifth Third Processing Solutions, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of March 31, 2009, had $166 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $23 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at Fifth Third's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ(R) National Global Select Market under the symbol "FITB."

Fifth Third Processing Solutions is a premier source of payment acceptance services for leading businesses nationwide, providing electronic funds transfer (EFT), debit, credit and merchant transaction processing to support the complex payment strategies for the Bank and its merchant and financial institutions clients. In 2008, Fifth Third Processing Solutions processed over 28.4 billion ATM and point of sale transactions and processed over $292 billion of debit and credit card sales volume. Additionally, Fifth Third Processing Solutions supports over 173,000 merchant and financial institution locations and 11,000 ATMs in 44 states and 11 countries. According to the Nilson Report (March 2009), Fifth Third is the fourth largest U.S. merchant purchase transaction acquirer.

About Advent International

Founded in 1984, Advent International is one of the world's leading global buyout firms, with offices in 15 countries on four continents. A driving force in international private equity for 25 years, Advent has built an unparalleled global platform of over 140 investment professionals across Western and Central Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. The firm focuses on international buyouts, strategic repositioning opportunities and growth buyouts in five core sectors, working actively with management teams to drive revenue growth and earnings improvements in portfolio companies. Since inception, Advent has raised $24 billion in private equity capital and, through its buyout programs, has completed more than 250 transactions valued at approximately $45 billion in 35 countries. More information about Advent International is available at


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