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Divestitures Ensure that Banking Services in the Southeast United States Remain Competitive

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Justice announced today an agreement with Wachovia Corporation that requires the company to make divestitures in order to resolve antitrust concerns about the company's pending merger with SouthTrust Corporation.

Under the agreement, Wachovia will divest 18 SouthTrust branches with about $592 million in total deposits in four banking markets located in Florida and Georgia. "This divestiture will ensure that banking customers in Florida and Georgia will continue to receive competitive banking services," said R. Hewitt Pate, Assistant Attorney General of the Department's Antitrust Division. In addition, Wachovia has agreed that, for a period of time and in specified areas, it will sell or lease any of the branch offices closed as a result of the merger to a commercial bank buyer so long as there is a bank-buyer offer that meets or exceeds the best offer from a non-bank buyer.

The proposed merger is subject to the final approval of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The Department will advise the Federal Reserve Board that, subject to the divestiture of specified branch offices and associated loans and deposits, the Antitrust Division will not challenge the merger.

Wachovia Corporation, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the fourth largest bank holding company in the United States. The corporation has consolidated assets of $411 billion and consolidated total deposits of $224 billion. Wachovia operates 2,617 branches and 4,400 ATMs in 11 states from New York to Florida.

SouthTrust Corporation is a bank holding company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. It has consolidated assets of $53 billion and deposits of $35 billion, with 740 branch offices and 894 ATMs from Texas to Virginia.

A list of the branches to be divested is attached below.

SouthTrust Branches

State Market County Branch Name Address City
GA Augusta RMA Richmond Daniel Village 3007 Pine Needle Rd. Augusta
GA Augusta RMA Richmond Peach Orchard 2756 Peach Orchard Rd. Augusta
GA Augusta RMA Columbia Belair Road 404 S. Belair Rd. Martinez
FL Deland RMA Volusia Spring Garden 900 N. Spring Garden Ave. Deland
FL Jacksonville RMA Duval 103rd Street 6477 103rd St. Jacksonville
FL Jacksonville RMA Duval Loretto Road 11683 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville
FL Jacksonville RMA Duval Mandarin 9716 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville
FL Jacksonville RMA Duval San Pablo 14420 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville
FL Jacksonville RMA Duval San Jose 6450 Old St. Augustine Rd. Jacksonville
FL Jacksonville RMA Clay Fleming at Eagle Harbor 5000-70 Hwy. 17 S Orange Park
FL Jacksonville RMA Clay Orange Park 311 Wells Crossing Blvd. Orange Park
FL Jacksonville RMA St. Johns Ponte Vedra 500 A1a N Ponte Vedra Beach
FL Jacksonville RMA Duval Merrill Road 9125 Merrill Rd. Jacksonville
FL Lakeland RMA Polk Combee 435 S. Combee Rd. Lakeland
FL Lakeland RMA Polk Scott Lake 1011 E. County Line Rd. 54 Lakeland
FL Lakeland RMA Polk Interstate 4012 Lakeland Hills Blvd. Lakeland
FL Lakeland RMA Polk Lakeland City Center 402 S. Kentucky Ave. Lakeland
FL Lakeland RMA Polk South Lakeland 4421 S. Florida Ave. Lakeland