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Hudson City and M&T Expect Additional Time Will Be Needed In Merger Agreement


M&T Bank Corporation (NYSE: MTB) and Hudson City Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCBK) announced today that they expect additional time will be required to obtain a regulatory determination on the applications necessary to complete their proposed merger. M&T filed its regulatory applications with its regulators in September, 2012. M&T has learned that the Federal Reserve has identified certain regulatory concerns with M&T's procedures, systems and processes relating to M&T's Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money-laundering compliance program. M&T has already commenced a major initiative, including the hiring of an outside consulting firm, intended to fully address the Federal Reserve's concerns. In view of the potential timeframe required to implement this initiative, demonstrate its efficacy to the satisfaction of the Federal Reserve and otherwise meet any other regulatory requirements that may be imposed in connection with these matters, M&T and Hudson City believe that the timeframe for closing the transaction will be extended substantially beyond the date previously expected. M&T and Hudson City intend to extend the date after which either party may elect to terminate the merger agreement if the merger has not yet been completed from August 27, 2013 to January 31, 2014, but there can be no assurances that the merger will be completed by that date. The consideration and exchange ratio as provided in the merger agreement will remain the same, and both M&T and Hudson City will proceed with their special shareholders' meetings to consider the merger on April 16, 2013 and April 18, 2013, respectively. M&T and Hudson City intend to close the merger as soon as possible following the receipt of all necessary regulatory and shareholder approvals and satisfaction of all other conditions to closing.


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