Webster Bank Offers Special Assistance For Greater Springfield

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                  Webster Bank Offers Special Assistance For
                   Greater Springfield, Mass. Homeowners
                    And Businesses Affected by Tornadoes

WATERBURY, Conn, June 6, 2011 – Webster Bank, a leading New England financial
institution, today announced special assistance, including reduced rates on new loans as
well as payment deferments on existing loans, for consumers and businesses in western
Massachusetts and northern Connecticut that suffered tornado damage last week.

James C. Smith, chairman and CEO of Webster Bank, said, “Since 1935, we have been
helping people to bounce back from life’s setbacks, such as the devastation in greater
Springfield. Webster stands ready to help our communities to get back on their feet with
special terms on financial products supported by caring and empathy from Webster
bankers whose families also have been affected by the tornadoes.”

Specifically, Webster is offering the following special assistance to consumers suffering
tornado damage in the greater Springfield, Mass. area, which includes northern

    •   Affected consumers can take advantage of a Webster Unsecured Personal Home
        Improvement Loan at an interest rate that is 1.5 percentage points below the
        standard rate. With loan amounts of $1,000 - $15,000 available, this fixed rate
        loan will provide a simple way for affected residents to gain fast access to funds
        without having to use home equity or high rate credit cards.

    •   Payment alternatives, including payment deferments, for existing customers with
        mortgages or home equity loans where their home has suffered tornado damage or
        where employment has been disrupted by the tornado.

Webster is talking the following steps to help affected businesses resume or continue

   •   Webster Bank is offering conventional loans for qualified businesses that were
       directly and indirectly impacted by the tornadoes. Loans are available up to a
       maximum of $500,000 at a reduced rate of 5.49 percent for up to 5 years. The
       bank will charge fees only for its out-of-pocket expenses.

   •   Webster is offering expedited 90-day bridge loans up to a maximum of $200,000
       to qualified businesses that have applied for and are awaiting disaster recovery
       loans from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the SBA Disaster
       Office. The application for bridge loans is available immediately. A copy of the
       FEMA Disaster Loan Application number is required, or in the case of an SBA
       Disaster Loan a copy of the SBA Disaster Loan Application is required. The
       short-term bridge loans will be priced at one percentage point below the Bank’s
       conventional lending rates and the Bank will charge fees only for its out-of-pocket

   •   As an SBA leader in the lending industry, Webster is assisting qualified
       businesses seeking SBA loans on a non-disaster basis with an expedited
       application process. These loans are for those impacted directly or indirectly by
       the recent tornadoes, including vendors or other external business partners.

   •   Webster Bank is offering SBA loans to those business impacted by the tornado
       with a reduced fixed rate of 5.49 percent for up to five years. The Bank will
       charge fees only for its out-of-pocket expenses.

   •   Webster will review all requests to assist in payment deferments and
       modifications for existing business borrowers who have been impacted by the

Current and prospective customers should contact Webster at (888) 493-2783. For
information regarding SBA and other small business loan products, contact Scott Frazer,
vice president, business and professional banking, at (413) 782-4818.

All credit products, pricing and overdraft protection are subject to the normal credit
approval process. Some applications may require further consideration and/or
supplemental information. Certain terms and conditions may apply. SBA guaranteed
products may also be subject to additional terms, conditions and fees. All loans/lines of
credit require a Webster business checking account which must be opened prior to loan
closing and which must be used for auto-deduct of payment.

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Webster Financial Corporation is the holding company for Webster Bank, National Association.
With $18.0 billion in assets, Webster provides business and consumer banking, mortgage,
financial planning, trust and investment services through 176 banking offices, 492 ATMs,
telephone banking and the Internet. Webster Bank owns the asset-based lending firm Webster
Business Credit Corporation; the equipment finance firm Webster Capital Finance; and
provides health savings account trustee and administrative services through HSA Bank, a
division of Webster Bank. Member FDIC and equal housing lender. For more information about
Webster, including past press releases and the latest annual report, visit the Webster website at

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