Fifth Third Bancorp Reduces Prime Rate To 7.5%

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from Fifth Third Bancorp

    CINCINNATI, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Effective at the close of business
 today, April 20, 2001, prime rate will be reduced to
 7.5 percent from 8 percent.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19991117/FITBLOGO )
     Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company
 headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $70 billion in assets,
 operates 17 affiliates and has 973 full-service Banking Centers, including 147
 Bank Mart(R) locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and
 1,905 Jeanie(R) ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Florida, Arizona, Michigan
 and Illinois. A leader in e-commerce, Fifth Third was named #1 e-business
 innovator by PC Week. The financial strength of Fifth Third's affiliate banks
 continues to be recognized by rating agencies with deposit ratings of AA- and
 Aa2 from Standard & Poor's and Moody's, respectively. Additionally, Fifth
 Third Bancorp continues to maintain the highest short-term ratings available
 at A-1+ and Prime-1, and was recently recognized by Moody's with one of the
 highest senior debt ratings for any U.S. bank holding company of Aa3. Fifth
 Third operates four main businesses: Retail, Commercial, Investment Advisors
 and Midwest Payment Systems, the Bank's data processing subsidiary. Investor
 information and press releases can be viewed at http://www.53.com ; press
 releases are also available by fax at no charge by calling 800-758-5804,
 identification number 281775. The company's common stock is traded in the
 over-the-counter market through the NASDAQ National Market System under the
 symbol "FITB."
 
 

SOURCE Fifth Third Bancorp
    CINCINNATI, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Effective at the close of business
 today, April 20, 2001, prime rate will be reduced to
 7.5 percent from 8 percent.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19991117/FITBLOGO )
     Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company
 headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $70 billion in assets,
 operates 17 affiliates and has 973 full-service Banking Centers, including 147
 Bank Mart(R) locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and
 1,905 Jeanie(R) ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Florida, Arizona, Michigan
 and Illinois. A leader in e-commerce, Fifth Third was named #1 e-business
 innovator by PC Week. The financial strength of Fifth Third's affiliate banks
 continues to be recognized by rating agencies with deposit ratings of AA- and
 Aa2 from Standard & Poor's and Moody's, respectively. Additionally, Fifth
 Third Bancorp continues to maintain the highest short-term ratings available
 at A-1+ and Prime-1, and was recently recognized by Moody's with one of the
 highest senior debt ratings for any U.S. bank holding company of Aa3. Fifth
 Third operates four main businesses: Retail, Commercial, Investment Advisors
 and Midwest Payment Systems, the Bank's data processing subsidiary. Investor
 information and press releases can be viewed at http://www.53.com ; press
 releases are also available by fax at no charge by calling 800-758-5804,
 identification number 281775. The company's common stock is traded in the
 over-the-counter market through the NASDAQ National Market System under the
 symbol "FITB."
 
 SOURCE  Fifth Third Bancorp

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