Huntington Exceeds $4 Billion Lending Commitment to Small Businesses in the Midwest

  Huntington Exceeds $4 Billion Lending Commitment to Small Businesses in the

                   More than 24,000 small businesses helped

Business Wire

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- March 19, 2013

Huntington Bank (NASDAQ: HBAN; announced today that it has
exceeded its 2010 $4 billion lending commitment to small businesses in six
states. More than 24,000 small businesses obtained loans over the three-year
period, helping to jump start hiring in Huntington’s markets, which stretch
from West Virginia to Michigan. Small businesses create more than 66 percent
of all new jobs.

“Huntington was one of the first banks during the economic downturn to commit
to increased small business lending,” said Huntington’s President, Chairman
and CEO Steve Steinour. “We made the commitment after listening to business
owners who needed loans to navigate the weak economy, while investing in their
businesses’ future growth. We also hired more than 150 additional business
bankers to work with businesses and take a second-look at loan applications to
make certain nothing was missed in determining their qualifications for a

In addition, the innovative program offered turnaround lending for small
businesses. With this portion of the program, a business that had a long
history of success, but suffered losses during the recession, could obtain a
turnaround loan if they had several quarters of profitability and reasonable
projections for future growth.

Huntington’s small-business loan commitment targeted Midwest states throughout
the bank’s service area. The approximate number of businesses in each state
obtaining loans included:

Ohio – 15,400
Michigan – 5,200
Indiana – 1,800
Western Pennsylvania – 1,300
West Virginia – 800
Kentucky – 400

“Small business is a priority for Huntington, and we remain committed to
continuing to create innovative ways to help small business owners,” said
Retail and Business Banking Director Mary Navarro. “We believe in the Midwest
as a driver of the U.S. economy and are heartened by the positive economic
news in our markets. We look forward to continuing to be part of the region’s
job creation and economic recovery.”

Huntington is the largest Small Business Administration SBA 7(a) lender in its
markets and third largest SBA lender in the nation in number of loans. In
November of 2012 J.D. Power and Associates ranked Huntington “Highest in
Customer Satisfaction with Small Business Banking”. The national study looks
at the following factors: product offerings; account manager; facility;
account information; problem resolution; credit services; fees, and account

Although the $4 billion small-business commitment has been met, Huntington’s
commitment to the recovery of the Midwest continues. In March of 2012,
Huntington unveiled a $100 million commitment to affordable housing projects
in Michigan, which is similar to a commitment made in Ohio in 2010. Likewise
Huntington is nearing the fulfillment of a separate 2011 commitment to loan an
additional $2 billion to small business in Michigan.

“Huntington has uniquely positioned itself to be the bank for small businesses
throughout the Midwest and is honored to support its small business
customers,” Steinour added. “Our customers have made this $4 billion lending
commitment possible. We want to thank them for their support, and we look
forward to serving them in the future.”

About Huntington

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $56 billion regional bank holding
company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The Huntington National Bank, founded
in 1866, provides full-service commercial, small business, and consumer
banking services; mortgage banking services; treasury management and foreign
exchange services; equipment leasing; wealth and investment management
services; trust services; brokerage services; customized insurance brokerage
and service programs; and other financial products and services.The principal
markets for these services are Huntington’s six-state banking franchise: Ohio,
Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky.The primary
distribution channels include a banking network of over 700 traditional
branches and convenience branches located in grocery stores and retirement
centers, and through an array of alternative distribution channels including
internet and mobile banking, telephone banking, and over 1,300 ATMs.Through
automotive dealership relationships within its six-state banking franchise
area and selected other Midwest and NewEngland states, Huntington also
provides commercial banking services to the automotive dealers and retail
automobile financing for dealer customers.

Huntington Bank received the highest numerical score in the proprietary J.D.
Power and Associates 2012 Small Business Banking Satisfaction Study^SM. Study
based on 7,246 total responses, measuring 25 financial institutions and
measures opinions of small business customers with annual revenues from
$100,000 to $10 million. Proprietary study results are based on experiences
and perceptions of customers surveyed in August-September 2012. Your
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Source: US Small Business Administration as of December 31, 2012.

The Huntington National Bank, Member FDIC. The logo mark and Huntington^® are
federally registered service marks of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated.


Cynthia Kincaid, 614-480-5415
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