Santander Holdings USA, Inc. Announces Offer to Purchase for Cash Any and All of Its Outstanding Sovereign Capital Trust IV

Santander Holdings USA, Inc. Announces Offer to Purchase for Cash Any and All
       of Its Outstanding Sovereign Capital Trust IV 4.375% Trust PIERS

PR Newswire

BOSTON, March 5, 2013

BOSTON, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Santander Holdings USA, Inc. ("SHUSA"),
a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Banco Santander, S.A., announced today
that it has commenced a fixed price cash tender offer for any and all
Sovereign Capital Trust IV 4.375% Trust PIERS (the "Trust PIERS"), with an
aggregate liquidation amount outstanding of $476.6 million (CUSIP No.
846048205).

The tender offer will expire at 11:59 p.m. (New York City time) on March 29,
2013, unless the tender offer is earlier terminated or extended (as may be
extended, the "Expiration Time"). The tender offer is being made exclusively
to holders of the Trust PIERS pursuant to an offer to purchase dated March 4,
2013 (as it may be amended, the "Offer to Purchase") and a related letter of
transmittal dated March 4, 2013 (as it may be amended, the "Letter of
Transmittal"), which sets forth the terms and conditions of the tender offer.

Tendered Trust PIERS may be validly withdrawn at or before 5:00 p.m. (New York
City time) on March 11, 2013 (as may be extended, the "Withdrawal Deadline"),
but not thereafter, except as may be required by law.

Holders who validly tender their Trust PIERS on or before the Expiration Time,
who do not withdraw their Trust PIERS prior to the Withdrawal Deadline, and
whose Trust PIERS are accepted for purchase by SHUSA, will receive $77.35 per
$50.00 liquidation amount of Trust PIERS tendered.

SHUSA expects to accept for purchase all Trust PIERS tendered (and not validly
withdrawn on or prior to the Withdrawal Deadline) on or before 5:00 p.m. on
each Monday prior to the Expiration Time (each such date, a "Weekly Tender
Time") promptly following the applicable Weekly Tender Time, subject to the
terms and conditions described in the Offer to Purchase. SHUSA expects to
accept for purchase all Trust PIERS tendered on or after the last Weekly
Tender Time and on or before the Expiration Time promptly following the
Expiration Time, subject to the terms and conditions described in the Offer to
Purchase. Settlement of Trust PIERS accepted for purchase is expected to occur
no later than the second business day following acceptance.

D.F. King & Co., Inc. is serving as the tender agent and information agent for
the tender offer. Requests for the tender offer documents may be directed to
D.F. King & Co., Inc. at the following telephone numbers: banks and brokers,
(212) 269-5550; all others toll free at (800) 967-7921.

This press release is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation to buy
any of the Trust PIERS, nor is it a solicitation for acceptance of the tender
offer. SHUSA is making the tender offer only by, and pursuant to the terms of,
the Offer to Purchase and the Letter of Transmittal. The tender offer is not
being made in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would
not be in compliance with the securities, blue sky or other laws of such
jurisdiction. None of SHUSA or its affiliates, the dealer manager, the tender
agent or the information agent is making any recommendation as to whether or
not holders should tender their Trust PIERS in connection with the tender
offer.

About our company
Santander Holdings USA, Inc. (SHUSA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Banco
Santander, S.A. and is the holding company for Sovereign Bank, a financial
institution with principal markets in the northeastern United States.
Sovereign has 721 branches, over 2,268 ATMs and nearly 8,900 team members.

Banco Santander S.A. (SAN.SM, SAN.US) is a retail and commercial global bank,
headquartered in Spain, with a presence in 10 main markets: U.S., Germany, UK,
Poland, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Spain and Portugal. Founded in 1857,
Santander has more than 102 million customers, approximately 14,392 branches –
more than any other international bank – and 186,763 employees. Santander was
recently recognized as the Best Global Bank in 2012 by Euromoney magazine. For
more information on Santander, visit http://www.santander.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information
Statements in this press release regarding SHUSA's business which are not
historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and
uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could
cause actual future events to differ from those contained in the
forward-looking statements, see "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk
Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recently
ended fiscal year and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the most recently
ended fiscal quarter.

SOURCE Santander Holdings USA, Inc.

Website: http://www.santander.com
Contact: Kathy Klingler, Director of Corporate Communications,
+1-617-346-7433, kklingle@sovereignbank.com; or Holly Steel, Communications
Manager, +1-617-346-7385, jberry@sovereignbank.com