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M&T Bank Corporation Announces First Quarter Results

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 15, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- M&T Bank Corporation ("M&T")(NYSE: MTB) today reported its results of operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2008.

GAAP Results of Operations. Diluted earnings per share measured in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") for the first quarter of 2008 were $1.82, up 16% from $1.57 in the corresponding 2007 quarter. GAAP-basis net income in the recent quarter increased 15% to $202 million from $176 million in the year-earlier period. GAAP-basis net income for the initial quarter of 2008 expressed as an annualized rate of return on average assets and average common stockholders' equity was 1.25% and 12.49%, respectively, compared with 1.25% and 11.38%, respectively, in the similar quarter of 2007.

M&T's financial results for the first three months of 2008 reflect $29 million, or $.26 of diluted earnings per share, resulting from M&T Bank's status as a member bank of Visa, including $20 million ($33 million pre-tax) or $.18 per share of gains realized from the mandatory partial redemption of Visa stock owned by M&T Bank and $9 million ($15 million pre-tax) or $.08 per share related to Visa's funding of an escrow account to provide for possible costs associated with pending litigation against Visa ("Covered Litigation"). That funding allowed member banks of Visa to reverse litigation-related accruals made in 2007 up to each bank's proportionate membership interest of the $3 billion used to fund the escrow account.

Reflecting on M&T's first quarter results, Rene F. Jones, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, "M&T's financial results for the first three months of this year demonstrate a certain resilience to the ongoing disarray in the financial markets. Positive factors during the quarter included continued strong growth in our commercial and commercial real estate loan portfolios, while core deposit balances increased at a healthy rate. We also saw an improvement in our fee income, even after excluding the benefit from our share of the Visa IPO. These positive factors served to offset a continued upward trend in credit costs."

Supplemental Reporting of Non-GAAP Results of Operations. M&T consistently provides supplemental reporting of its results on a "net operating" or "tangible" basis, from which M&T excludes the after-tax effect of amortization of core deposit and other intangible assets (and the related goodwill, core deposit intangible and other intangible asset balances, net of applicable deferred tax amounts) and expenses associated with merging acquired operations into M&T, since such expenses are considered by management to be "nonoperating" in nature. Although "net operating income" as defined by M&T is not a GAAP measure, M&T's management believes that this information helps investors understand the effect of acquisition activity in reported results. Amortization of core deposit and other intangible assets, after tax effect, was $11 million ($.10 per diluted share) in each of the first quarters of 2008 and 2007. Merger-related acquisition and integration expenses during the three-month period ended March 31, 2008 related to the acquisition of Partners Trust Financial Group, Inc. on November 30, 2007 and the acquisition of the Mid-Atlantic retail banking franchise of First Horizon Bank on December 7, 2007 totaled $2 million, after tax effect, or $.02 of diluted earnings per share. There were no similar expenses in the first quarter 2007.

Diluted net operating earnings per share, which exclude the impact of amortization of core deposit and other intangible assets and merger-related expenses, were $1.94 for the first quarter of 2008, 16% higher than $1.67 in the year-earlier quarter. Net operating income for the quarter ended March 31, 2008 rose 15% to $216 million from $187 million in the similar 2007 quarter. Expressed as an annualized rate of return on average tangible assets and average tangible stockholders' equity, net operating income was 1.41% and 27.86%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2008, compared with 1.40% and 24.11% in the initial quarter of 2007.

Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results of Operations. A reconciliation of diluted earnings per share and net income with diluted net operating earnings per share and net operating income follows:



                                                Three months ended
                                                     March 31
                                                2008          2007
                                                ----          ----
                                                  (in thousands,
                                                 except per share)

    Diluted earnings per share                $   1.82          1.57
    Amortization of core deposit
     and other intangible assets(1)                .10           .10
    Merger-related expenses (1)                    .02             -
                                               -------       -------
    Diluted net operating earnings
     per share                                $   1.94          1.67
                                               =======       =======

    Net income                                $202,196       175,973
    Amortization of core deposit
     and other intangible assets(1)             11,241        11,189
    Merger-related expenses (1)                  2,160             -
                                               -------       -------
    Net operating income                      $215,597       187,162
                                               =======       =======
     (1) After any related tax effect


Reconciliation of Total Assets and Equity to Tangible Assets and Equity. A reconciliation of average assets and equity with average tangible assets and average tangible equity follows:


                                                Three months ended
                                                     March 31
                                                2008           2007
                                                ----           ----
                                                   (in millions)

    Average assets                            $65,015         57,207
    Goodwill                                   (3,196)        (2,909)
    Core deposit and other
     intangible assets                           (239)          (241)
    Deferred taxes                                 34             28
                                              -------        -------
    Average tangible assets                   $61,614         54,085
                                              =======        =======


    Average equity                            $ 6,513          6,270
    Goodwill                                   (3,196)        (2,909)
    Core deposit and other
     intangible assets                           (239)          (241)
    Deferred taxes                                 34             28
                                              -------        -------
    Average tangible equity                   $ 3,112          3,148
                                              =======        =======


Taxable-equivalent Net Interest Income. Taxable-equivalent net interest income totaled $485 million in the first quarter of 2008, up 6% from $456 million in the year-earlier quarter. Higher average loan balances outstanding, which rose 13% to $48.6 billion in the initial quarter of 2008 from $43.1 billion in the corresponding 2007 period, were the most significant contributor to the increase. Partially offsetting the favorable impact of loan growth was a lower net interest margin, or taxable-equivalent net interest income expressed as an annualized percentage of average earning assets, which declined to 3.38% in the recent quarter from 3.64% in the first three months of 2007. The recent quarter's net interest margin declined from 3.45% in the fourth quarter of 2007. That narrowing of the margin was attributable to several factors, including higher loan balances which were funded in part by wholesale borrowings, the full quarter impact of the late-fourth quarter acquisition transactions, the full quarter impact of the fourth quarter subordinated note issuance and the recent quarter's issuance of Enhanced Trust Preferred Securities.

Provision for Credit Losses/Asset Quality. The provision for credit losses was increased to $60 million in the first quarter of 2008 from $27 million in the year-earlier quarter. Net charge-offs of loans during the recent quarter were $46 million, compared with $17 million in the initial 2007 quarter. That rise reflects the downturn in the residential real estate market that has resulted in higher levels of charge-offs and delinquencies as compared with the first quarter of 2007. Also contributing to the higher charge-off level was an increase in consumer loan charge-offs. Expressed as an annualized percentage of average loans outstanding, net charge-offs were .38% and .16% in the first quarter of 2008 and 2007, respectively.

Loans classified as nonperforming totaled $495 million, or 1.00% of total loans at March 31, 2008, up from $273 million or .63% a year earlier and $447 million or .93% at December 31, 2007. Major factors contributing to the rise in nonperforming loans from March 31, 2007 to the recent quarter-end were a $146 million increase in residential real estate loans and a $91 million increase in loans to builders and developers of residential real estate. The year-over-year growth in nonperforming residential real estate loans reflects a December 2007 change in accounting procedure whereby residential real estate loans previously classified as nonaccrual when payments were 180 days past due now stop accruing interest when principal or interest is delinquent 90 days. The impact of the acceleration of the classification of such loans as nonaccrual resulted in an increase in nonperforming loans at March 31, 2008 and December 31, 2007 of $79 million and $84 million, respectively. The increase in nonperforming loans at March 31, 2008 as compared with December 31, 2007 was also the result of higher residential real estate loans and loans to residential builders and developers classified as nonaccrual.

Loans past due 90 days or more and accruing interest were $81 million at the end of the recently completed quarter, compared with $118 million at March 31, 2007. Included in these past due but accruing amounts were loans guaranteed by government-related entities of $77 million and $71 million at March 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively. Assets taken in foreclosure of defaulted loans totaled $53 million at March 31, 2008, compared with $15 million a year earlier. The increase from the end of the first quarter of 2007 to the end of the first quarter of 2008 resulted from higher residential real estate loan defaults.

Allowance for Credit Losses. The allowance for credit losses totaled $774 million, or 1.57% of total loans, at March 31, 2008, compared with $660 million, or 1.52%, a year earlier and $759 million, or 1.58%, at December 31, 2007. The increase in the allowance as a percentage of loans from March 31, 2007 to the two most recent quarter-ends reflects the impact of lower residential real estate values and higher levels of borrower delinquencies. The ratio of M&T's allowance for credit losses to nonperforming loans was 156%, 241% and 170% at March 31, 2008, March 31, 2007 and December 31, 2007, respectively.

Noninterest Income and Expense. Noninterest income in the first quarter of 2008 totaled $313 million, compared with $236 million in the year-earlier quarter. That increase was due to a $26 million rise in mortgage banking revenues, higher deposit account service charges of $9 million and the $33 million gain realized in the recent quarter from the mandatory liquidation of a portion of M&T Bank's common stock holdings of Visa. The lower level of mortgage banking revenues in 2007's first quarter was predominantly the result of market conditions that affected the valuation of Alt-A residential mortgage loans that had been held for sale by M&T. Unfavorable market conditions and lack of market liquidity resulted in M&T deciding to transfer $883 million of Alt-A loans previously held for sale ($808 million of first mortgage loans and $75 million of second mortgage loans) to its held-for-investment residential mortgage loan portfolio during 2007's first quarter. As a result, the carrying value of those loans and M&T's mortgage banking revenues were reduced by $12 million at that time, resulting in an after-tax reduction of net income of $7 million, or $.07 per diluted share. M&T also accrued $6 million in 2007's first quarter to provide for declines in market value of previously sold loans that M&T may be required to repurchase. That accrual reduced M&T's net income in the first quarter of 2007 by $4 million, or $.03 per diluted share. Additionally, mortgage banking revenues in 2008 include a $7 million increase resulting from required changes from accounting pronouncements that were effective January 1, 2008 and that accelerated the recognition of certain mortgage banking revenues.

Noninterest expense in the first quarter of 2008 totaled $426 million, compared with $399 million in the corresponding quarter of 2007. Included in such amounts are expenses considered to be nonoperating in nature consisting of amortization of core deposit and other intangible assets of $18 million in each of 2008 and 2007, and merger-related expenses of $4 million in 2008's initial quarter. There were no similar expenses in the first quarter of 2007. Exclusive of these nonoperating expenses, noninterest operating expenses were $404 million in the recently completed quarter and $381 million in the first quarter of 2007. Contributing to the rise in operating expenses in 2008 were higher expenses for salaries, reflecting the impact of 2007 acquisitions, annual merit increases, and stock-based and other incentive compensation costs. Also contributing to the increased level of operating expenses was a $5 million addition to the valuation allowance for impairment of capitalized residential mortgage servicing rights in the recent quarter, compared with a $1 million partial reversal of the valuation allowance in the year-earlier quarter. Partially offsetting the higher operating expense level in the recently completed quarter was the reversal of $15 million of the Visa litigation accrual established in the fourth quarter of 2007.

The efficiency ratio, or noninterest operating expenses divided by the sum of taxable-equivalent net interest income and noninterest income (exclusive of gains and losses from bank investment securities), measures the relationship of operating expenses to revenues. M&T's efficiency ratio was 52.8% in the first quarter of 2008, compared with 55.1% in the year-earlier period.

Balance Sheet. M&T had total assets of $66.1 billion at March 31, 2008, up from $57.8 billion a year earlier. Loans and leases, net of unearned discount, rose 13% to $49.3 billion at the recent quarter-end from $43.5 billion at March 31, 2007. Deposits were up 7% to $41.5 billion at March 31, 2008 from $38.9 billion a year earlier. Total stockholders' equity was $6.5 billion and $6.3 billion at March 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively, representing 9.82% of total assets at the recent quarter-end and 10.81% a year earlier. Common stockholders' equity per share was $58.92 and $57.32 at March 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively. Tangible equity per common share was $28.14 at March 31, 2008, compared with $28.77 a year earlier. In the calculation of tangible equity per common share, stockholders' equity is reduced by the carrying values of goodwill and core deposit and other intangible assets, net of applicable deferred tax balances, which aggregated $3.4 billion and $3.1 billion at March 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively.

Conference Call. Investors will have an opportunity to listen to M&T's conference call to discuss first quarter financial results today at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Those wishing to participate in the call may dial 877-780-2276. International participants, using any applicable international calling codes, may dial 973-582-2700. Callers should reference M&T Bank Corporation or conference ID #40638805. The conference call will be webcast live on M&T's website at http://ir.mandtbank.com/conference.cfm. A replay of the call will be available until Wednesday, April 16, 2008 by calling 800-642-1687, or 706-645-9291 for international participants, and by making reference to ID #40638805. The event will also be archived and available by 7:00 p.m. today on M&T's website at http://ir.mandtbank.com/conference.cfm.

M&T is a bank holding company whose banking subsidiaries, M&T Bank and M&T Bank, National Association, operate branch offices in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey and the District of Columbia.

Forward-Looking Statements. This news release contains forward-looking statements that are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about M&T's business, management's beliefs and assumptions made by management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions ("Future Factors") which are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements.

Future Factors include changes in interest rates, spreads on earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities, and interest rate sensitivity; prepayment speeds, loan originations, credit losses and market values on loans and other assets; sources of liquidity; common shares outstanding; common stock price volatility; fair value of and number of stock-based compensation awards to be issued in future periods; legislation affecting the financial services industry as a whole, and M&T and its subsidiaries individually or collectively, including tax legislation; regulatory supervision and oversight, including monetary policy and required capital levels; changes in accounting policies or procedures as may be required by the Financial Accounting Standards Board or other regulatory agencies; increasing price and product/service competition by competitors, including new entrants; rapid technological developments and changes; the ability to continue to introduce competitive new products and services on a timely, cost-effective basis; the mix of products/services; containing costs and expenses; governmental and public policy changes; protection and validity of intellectual property rights; reliance on large customers; technological, implementation and cost/financial risks in large, multi-year contracts; the outcome of pending and future litigation and governmental proceedings; continued availability of financing; financial resources in the amounts, at the times and on the terms required to support M&T and its subsidiaries' future businesses; and material differences in the actual financial results of merger, acquisition and investment activities compared with M&T's initial expectations, including the full realization of anticipated cost savings and revenue enhancements.

These are representative of the Future Factors that could affect the outcome of the forward-looking statements. In addition, such statements could be affected by general industry and market conditions and growth rates, general economic and political conditions, either nationally or in the states in which M&T and its subsidiaries do business, including interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations, changes and trends in the securities markets, and other Future Factors.

     INVESTOR CONTACT: Donald J. MacLeod
                       (716) 842-5138

     MEDIA CONTACT:    C. Michael Zabel
                       (716) 842-5385



    M&T BANK CORPORATION
    Financial Highlights
                                             Three months ended
    Amounts in thousands,                         March 31
     except per share                       --------------------
                                              2008        2007       Change
    Performance                             --------    --------    --------
    -----------
    Net income                            $  202,196     175,973      15%

    Per common share:
      Basic earnings                      $     1.84        1.60      15%
      Diluted earnings                          1.82        1.57      16
      Cash dividends                      $      .70         .60      17

    Common shares outstanding:
      Average - diluted (1)                  110,967     112,187      -1%
      Period end (2)                         110,108     109,090       1

    Return on (annualized):
      Average total assets                      1.25%       1.25%
      Average common stockholders' equity      12.49%      11.38%

    Taxable-equivalent net interest
     income                               $  484,633     455,550       6%

    Yield on average earning assets             6.20%       6.93%
    Cost of interest-bearing liabilities        3.26%       3.90%
    Net interest spread                         2.94%       3.03%
    Contribution of interest-free funds          .44%        .61%
    Net interest margin                         3.38%       3.64%

    Net charge-offs to average total
     net loans (annualized)                      .38%        .16%

    Net operating results (3)

    Net operating income                  $  215,597     187,162      15%
    Diluted net operating earnings per
     common share                               1.94        1.67      16
    Return on (annualized):
       Average tangible assets                  1.41%       1.40%
       Average tangible common equity          27.86%      24.11%
    Efficiency ratio                           52.85%      55.09%



                                                 At March 31
                                            --------------------
    Loan quality                              2008        2007       Change
    ------------                            --------    --------    --------
    Nonaccrual loans                      $  477,436     259,015      84%
    Renegotiated loans                        17,084      14,210      20
                                            --------    --------
      Total nonperforming loans           $  494,520     273,225      81%
                                            --------    --------
    Accruing loans past due 90
     days or more                         $   81,316     118,094     -31%

    Nonperforming loans to total
     net loans                                  1.00%        .63%
    Allowance for credit losses to
     total net loans                            1.57%       1.52%


     (1) Includes common stock equivalents.
     (2) Includes common stock issuable under deferred compensation plans.
     (3) Excludes amortization and balances related to goodwill and core
         deposit and other intangible assets and merger-related expenses
         which, except in the calculation of the efficiency ratio, are net
         of applicable income tax effects. A reconciliation of net income
         and net operating income is included herein.



    M&T BANK CORPORATION
    Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income

                                               Three months ended
                                                    March 31
                                              --------------------
    Dollars in thousands                      2008        2007       Change
                                            --------    --------    --------
    Interest income                      $   884,162     861,049        3%
    Interest expense                         405,312     410,622       -1
                                            --------    --------
    Net interest income                      478,850     450,427        6

    Provision for credit losses               60,000      27,000      122
                                            --------    --------
    Net interest income after
     provision for credit losses             418,850     423,427       -1

    Other income
         Mortgage banking revenues            40,070      13,873      189
         Service charges on deposit
          accounts                           103,454      94,587        9
         Trust income                         40,304      36,973        9
         Brokerage services income            15,473      15,212        2
         Trading account and foreign
          exchange gains                       4,713       6,223      -24
         Gain on bank investment securities   33,447       1,063        -
         Equity in earnings of Bayview
          Lending Group, LLC                  (1,260)     (2,428)       -
         Other revenues from operations       76,462      70,980        8
                                            --------    --------
              Total other income             312,663     236,483       32

    Other expense
         Salaries and employee benefits      251,871     236,754        6
         Equipment and net occupancy          46,765      42,846        9
         Printing, postage and supplies        9,896       8,906       11
         Amortization of core deposit
          and other intangible assets         18,483      18,356        1
         Other costs of operations            98,689      92,175        7
                                            --------    --------
              Total other expense            425,704     399,037        7


    Income before income taxes               305,809     260,873       17

    Applicable income taxes                  103,613      84,900       22
                                            --------    --------
    Net income                           $   202,196     175,973       15%
                                            ========    ========



    M&T BANK CORPORATION
    Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

                                                 March 31
                                       ---------------------------
    Dollars in thousands                   2008           2007         Change
    ASSETS                             ------------   ------------    --------

    Cash and due from banks           $   1,763,426      1,437,859        23%
    Interest-bearing deposits at
     banks                                    7,027          7,908       -11
    Federal funds sold and
     agreements to resell securities         12,700        429,895       -97
    Trading account assets                  372,067        153,511       142
    Investment securities                 8,676,357      7,027,709        23
    Loans and leases, net of
     unearned discount                   49,278,881     43,507,176        13
      Less: allowance for credit
       losses                               773,624        659,757        17
                                       ------------   ------------
      Net loans and leases               48,505,257     42,847,419        13

    Goodwill                              3,192,128      2,908,849        10
    Core deposit and other
     intangible assets                      230,093        231,877        -1
    Other assets                          3,326,518      2,797,444        19
                                       ------------   ------------
      Total assets                    $  66,085,573     57,842,471        14%
                                       ============   ============

    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
    Noninterest-bearing deposits at
     U.S. offices                     $   7,890,326      7,614,624         4%
    Other deposits at U.S. offices       27,936,260     26,561,707         5
    Deposits at foreign office            5,706,424      4,761,575        20
                                       ------------   ------------
      Total deposits                     41,533,010     38,937,906         7

    Short-term borrowings                 6,195,434      4,048,782        53
    Accrued interest and other
     liabilities                          1,196,756        938,290        28
    Long-term borrowings                 10,672,411      7,664,309        39
                                       ------------   ------------
      Total liabilities                  59,597,611     51,589,287        16

    Stockholders' equity (1)              6,487,962      6,253,184         4
                                       ------------   ------------
      Total liabilities and
       stockholders' equity           $  66,085,573     57,842,471        14%
                                       ============   ============


     (1) Reflects accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of applicable
         income tax effect, of $259.5 million at March 31, 2008 and $36.2
         million at March 31, 2007.



    M&T BANK CORPORATION
    Condensed Consolidated Average Balance Sheet
     and Annualized Taxable-equivalent Rates

                                       Three months ended
                                            March 31
                                 --------------------------------
    Dollars in millions
                                      2008              2007
                                 ---------------   --------------    Change in
                                 Balance   Rate    Balance    Rate    balance
    ASSETS                       -------   ----    -------    ----    -------

    Interest-bearing deposits
     at banks                   $     10   1.65%         8   3.56%      41%

    Federal funds sold and
     agreements to resell
     securities                      129   2.99        304   6.40      -58

    Trading account assets            75   1.39         53    .83       40

    Investment securities          8,924   5.24      7,214   5.04       24

    Loans and leases, net of
     unearned discount
      Commercial, financial,
       etc                        13,308   6.06     11,753   7.28       13
      Real estate - commercial    17,994   6.35     15,474   7.30       16
      Real estate - consumer       5,977   6.17      5,939   6.48        1
      Consumer                    11,296   6.91      9,948   7.43       14
         Total loans and         -------           -------
          leases, net             48,575   6.40     43,114   7.26       13
                                 -------           -------
      Total earning assets        57,713   6.20     50,693   6.93       14

    Goodwill                       3,196             2,909              10

    Core deposit and other
     intangible assets               239               241              -1

    Other assets                   3,867             3,364              15
                                 -------           -------
      Total assets              $ 65,015            57,207              14%
                                 =======           =======


    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

    Interest-bearing deposits
      NOW accounts              $    484    .85        437   1.08       11%
      Savings deposits            16,843   1.59     14,733   1.67       14
      Time deposits               10,416   4.12     11,657   4.76      -11
      Deposits at foreign
       office                      4,821   3.20      3,717   5.20       30
         Total interest-bearing  -------           -------
          deposits                32,564   2.63     30,544   3.27        7
                                 -------           -------
    Short-term borrowings          7,153   3.46      4,852   5.31       47
    Long-term borrowings          10,270   5.13      7,308   5.59       41
                                 -------           -------
    Total interest-bearing
     liabilities                  49,987   3.26     42,704   3.90       17

    Noninterest-bearing
     deposits                      7,435             7,422               -

    Other liabilities              1,080               811              33
                                 -------           -------
      Total liabilities           58,502            50,937              15

    Stockholders' equity           6,513             6,270               4
                                 -------           -------
      Total liabilities and
       stockholders' equity     $ 65,015            57,207              14%
                                 =======           =======

    Net interest spread                    2.94              3.03
    Contribution of
     interest-free funds                    .44               .61
    Net interest margin                    3.38%             3.64%

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