| FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2001
TDD (202) 514-1888
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REQUIRES FLEETBOSTON FINANCIAL CORP. AND
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Justice today announced that FleetBoston Financial Corporation and Summit Bancorp have agreed to sell five branch offices in the Atlantic City, New Jersey area in order to resolve antitrust concerns about the companies' proposed merger. The Department said the transaction, without the divestitures, would have reduced competition for small business banking services in the Atlantic City, New Jersey area.
Under the agreement, FleetBoston will divest five Summit Bank branches with approximately $232 million in deposits, and the commercial loans associated with the branches. In addition, FleetBoston has agreed that, for a period of time, it will sell any branches closed in the Atlantic City area as a result of the merger to any commercial bank as long as the bank's offer is equivalent to, or better than, any offer from a non-bank bidder.
The proposed merger is subject to the final approval of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The Department said that it will advise the Federal Reserve Board that, subject to divestiture of the branch offices and associated loans and deposits, the Antitrust Division will not challenge the merger.
FleetBoston Financial Corporation is headquartered in Boston. It is currently among the eight largest holding companies in the United States with $179.1 billion in assets and $98.9 billion in deposits. FleetBoston operates banking offices in eight states.
Summit Bancorp is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey. It has $39.5 billion in assets and $26.6 billion in deposits and operates banking offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.
A list of the branches to be divested is attached.
Fleet/Summit Branch Divestiture List