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Customers Bank Finishes in Top 10 Again Among Philadelphia Area SBA Lenders

WYOMISSING, PA--(Marketwired - August 11, 2014) - Customers Bank once again ranks among the region's top 10 lenders for a significant loan program maintained by the federal Small Business Administration (SBA).

The most recent SBA Philadelphia District 7(a) Loan Volume Report for the period of Oct. 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 reflects Customers Bank's No. 9 finish among 85 banks and other lending institutions in the Philadelphia metropolitan region. Customers Bank also finished in the top 10 in the district's report for the period of Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013.

"Finishing in the top 10 for two consecutive reporting periods shows that we're achieving results as far as funding start-ups and small businesses in the Philadelphia region," said Richard Ehst, President and Chief Operating Officer for Customers Bank. "It's part of our overall plan to support and revitalize the communities we serve."

The 7(a) loan program is one of the SBA's primary lending programs to help finance existing small businesses and start-ups that are not able to obtain business loans through traditional lending channels. The 7(a) loans are the SBA's most basic, most commonly used, and most flexible type of loans.

The name of the program derives from section 7(a) of the Small Business Act, which authorizes the SBA to provide business loans to American small businesses. While loans are not provided by the agency directly, the SBA does guarantee a portion of loans made and administered by commercial lending institutions.

"These loans guarantee financing for a variety of general business purposes," explained Ehst. "For example, they may be provided for machinery and equipment, working capital, furniture and fixtures, or for the purchase or renovation of buildings or new construction. Making these loans accessible to small business owners is an ongoing focus of our bank."

Customers Bank has a loan production office at Progress Plaza -- Sullivan Building, 1501 N. Broad St.

About Customers Bancorp, Inc. and Customers Bank

Customers Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company in Wyomissing, Pa., engaged in banking and related businesses through its subsidiary, Customers Bank. Customers Bank is a community-based, full-service bank with assets of $5.6 billion. A member of the Federal Reserve System and deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC"), Customers Bank is an equal housing lender that provides a full range of banking services to small- and medium-sized businesses, professionals, individuals and families through offices in Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Committed to fostering customer loyalty, Customers Bank uses a High Tech/High Touch strategy that includes use of industry-leading technology to provide customers better access to their money, as well as a continually expanding portfolio of loans to small businesses, multi-family projects, mortgage companies and consumers. BankMobile, a division of Customers Bank, is a purely mobile banking platform scheduled to launch in 2014.

Customers Bancorp, Inc. is listed on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol CUBI. Additional information about Customers Bancorp, Inc. can be found on the company's website, www.customersbank.com.

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