Banco Popular and IBM Sign Strategic IT Agreement

              Banco Popular and IBM Sign Strategic IT Agreement

- Bank will outsource its technology infrastructure

- May save $200 million over 10 years

- IBM will manage bank's private cloud

PR Newswire

MADRID, July 1, 2014

MADRID, July 1,2014 /PRNewswire/ --Banco Popular has signed a strategic
outsourcing agreement with IBM (NYSE: IBM) to help the bank transform its
technology infrastructure, including its private cloud. The bank expects to
increase efficiency and flexibility as part of its growth strategy. The
agreement may result in an accumulated savings of $200 million over the 10
years of the agreement. Cloud solutions provide Banco Popular with
flexibility, speed and a model to allow for innovation and future growth.

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Under the framework of the agreement, Banco Popular will transfer to IBM 41
technology infrastructure employees. Banco Popular Chief Technology Officer
Fernando Rodriguez Baquero and General Manager of IBM Global Technology
Services Europe Juan Antonio Zufiria presided over the signing ceremony.

Banco Popular stated, "With this agreement, with IBM as our technology
partner, we will achieve market standards in terms of technology services
needed to run an important digital transformation in Banco Popular, always
aiming to deliver the best service to our clients."

"Banco Popular is a pioneer in the Spanish banking industry. We are proud of
being a contributor in its strategic plan," said Juan Antonio Zufiria, General
Manager of IBM Global Technology Services Europe. "The progressive adoption of
innovative solutions such as cloud computing will enable the bank's technology
infrastructure to be more flexible and adaptable to business needs, which will
result in better client service."

The agreement is a step further in the technology development of Banco
Popular, which includes the recent modernization of its Data Center – also
with IBM's help – and the bank's new technology headquarters in Madrid, Spain.

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For IBM:
Leslie Monreal-Feil
IBM Media Relations, U.S.
Tel: +1 561 862 3074

Alfonso Gonzalez Herrero
IBM Media Relations, Spain
Tel: 91 397 76 75

For Banco Popular:
Comunicacion Banco Popular
Tel: 34 91 520 76 27/91 657 66 60

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