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BBVA Compass Announces Alliance With WNBA Phoenix Mercury

PHOENIX, June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BBVA Compass announced today that it has signed a multi-year marketing agreement with the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury. BBVA Compass has 78 banking centers in the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area and is the fifth largest bank in Arizona based on deposit market share. With operations throughout seven states in the Sunbelt Region, BBVA Compass ranks among the top-20 largest financial institutions in the United States.

As part of the agreement with the Mercury, an all-female BBVA Compass Business Leadership Board comprised of successful women who have supported and mentored other business women will be created. Two of the women from the new BBVA Compass Business Leadership Board will be recognized for their influential work in the community – one during halftime at the Mercury's July 15 game and the second at the August 7 game.

Additionally, BBVA Compass will host a financial literacy program with the Mercury's Adopt-a-Team prior to a home game on August 11. Through the BBVA Compass financial literacy program, a high school girls' basketball team will learn the importance of financial responsibility. The program will take business lessons learned in the world of sports and apply them to everyday life situations, such as financial discipline, budgeting and balancing a checkbook.

"We are proud to be part of the Phoenix community and excited to identify ourselves with an outstanding organization like the Phoenix Mercury," said Lynne Herndon, Phoenix City President for BBVA Compass. "Their longstanding commitment to Phoenix mirrors our own. By working together, we will no doubt create an unbeatable combination of passion, teamwork and community support."

"The Mercury and BBVA Compass are a natural fit for a partnership because the goals of both organizations are perfectly aligned," said Amber Cox, Chief Operating Officer for the Mercury. "Both companies work to provide a first-class experience for customers as well as create a positive impact in the community."

BBVA Compass will also be the presenting sponsor of the Mercury's Girls Night Out pack, which includes one lower-level ticket and a beverage voucher for the Mercury's July 15, August 7, August 20 and September 3 matchups.

BBVA Compass is the U.S. subsidiary of BBVA, a global financial services group with operations in more than 30 countries. In October 2010, BBVA signed a multi-year marketing partnership whereby it is the Official Bank of the NBA, the WNBA and the NBA Development League in the United States, Spain and Puerto Rico.

The Mercury, one of the eight original WNBA clubs, is part of the longest running professional women's team sports league in the United States and is celebrating Season 15 this year. The club's next home game is Friday, July 1 against the Chicago Sky at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.phoenixmercury.com or call 602-252-WNBA.

ABOUT BBVA COMPASS

BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates more than 717 branches including 379 in Texas, 93 in Alabama, 65 in California, 78 in Arizona, 45 in Florida, 36 in Colorado and 21 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 20 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (3rd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the nation's leading Small Business Administration (SBA) lenders, earning 'Lender of the Year' honors in 2009 and 2010. Additional information concerning BBVA Compass can be found on our website www.bbvacompass.com.

BBVA Compass is a subsidiary of BBVA Compass Bancshares, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) (MAD: BBVA). BBVA is a financial services group with approximately $770 billion in total assets, 48 million clients, 7,400 branches and approximately 109,000 employees in more than 30 countries. BBVA ranks among the top 20 largest financial institutions in the world based on market capitalization and 21st in Global Finance magazine's list of the "World's 50 Safest Banks" for 2010. BBVA provides its customers around the world with a full range of financial services, including commercial and wholesale banking, retail banking services, consumer loans, mortgages, credit cards, securities brokerage, wealth management, pension plan management and insurance. The BBVA Group maintains a leadership position in Spain, Mexico, Latin America and the Sunbelt Region of the United States, as well as operations in China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. More information about the BBVA Group can be found at www.bbva.com.

Editor's Note:
BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank. Compass Bank, member FDIC.

SOURCE BBVA Compass

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