Berkshire Hills Recaps 2013 Highlights at Annual Meeting; All Proposals Approved by Shareholders

   Berkshire Hills Recaps 2013 Highlights at Annual Meeting; All Proposals
                           Approved by Shareholders

PR Newswire

PITTSFIELD, Mass., May 8, 2014

PITTSFIELD, Mass., May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc.
(NYSE: BHLB) held its annual meeting of shareholders on May 8, in Pittsfield,


Chairman, President and CEO Michael P. Daly summarized Berkshire's
accomplishments in 2013. They included strong loan growth and team
recruitment, along with the acquisition of 20 branches in Central New York.
The year's initiatives resulted in 24% earnings growth. Berkshire's 2013
total stock return exceeded 18%, and the annual cash dividend was increased by
4%, providing a 3% yield. Mr. Daly concluded with a summary of the
encouraging prospects for Berkshire's further growth and development.

Shareholders approved all proposals which were presented at the meeting. These

  oThe election of four existing directors to new three year terms: Michael
    P. Daly; Susan M. Hill; Cornelius D. Mahoney; and John W. Altmeyer
  oApproval of a non-binding proposal to give advisory approval of the
    Company's executive compensation
  oRatification of the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the
    Company's independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year

Berkshire Hills Bancorp is the parent of Berkshire Bank – America's Most
Exciting Bank®. The Company has approximately $6.0 billion in assets and 90
full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and
Vermont providing personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth
management services.

This document may contain forward-looking statements as defined in the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. There are several factors that
could cause actual results to differ significantly from expectations described
in the forward-looking statements. For a discussion of such factors, please
see Berkshire's most recent reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission and available on the SEC's website at Berkshire does not undertake any obligation to update
forward-looking statements.

Investor Relations Contact
Allison O'Rourke; Vice President – Investor Relations; 413-236-3149

Media Contact
Ray Smith; Assistant Vice President – Marketing; 413-236-3756


SOURCE Berkshire Hills Bancorp

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