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Minority Banks Receiving TARP Capital - Update

We have updated our listing of minority banks receiving TARP funding: 11/14/2008 UCBH Holdings, Inc. (Asian) San Francisco CA Purchase Preferred Stock w/Warrants $298,737,000 Par 11/14/2008 Broadway Financial Corporation (Black) Los Angeles CA Purchase Preferred Stock w/Warrants $9,000,000 Par 12/5/2008 East West Bancorp (Asian) Pasadena CA Purchase Preferred Stock w/Warrants $306,546,000 Par 12/5/2008 Cathay General Bancorp (Asian) Los Angeles CA Purchase Preferred Stock w/Warrants $258,000,000 Par 12/5/2008 Popular, Inc. (Hispanic) San Juan PR Purchase Preferred Stock w/Warrants $935,000,000 Par Total to minority banks: $ 1,807,283,000 Total to all banks: $165,306,798,000 Percentage: 1%

Banco Popular de Puerto Rico Upgraded

Following a reduction in subprime market exposure, ratings for the holding company that owns one of the largest Hispanic banks were upgraded today. Moody's "changed the rating outlook on Popular Inc. (BPOP) and its units to stable from negative. The company is rated A3 for senior debt and its unit, Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, is rated C+ for bank financial strength and A2 for deposits.The outlook change follows Popular's sale of a significant portion of its Equity One mortgage and consumer loan portfolio to American International Group Inc. The outlook was downgraded to negative Dec. 24, 2007. Moody's said the transaction will reduce the company's exposure to U.S. subprime mortgages and significantly strengthen its holding company liquidity position since Popular has largely financed its U.S. consumer finance business with short- and medium-term wholesale borrowings at the parent company level." Of course, we still have issues with AIG, Popular, and the ra