Beneficial Bancorp, Inc.
Nov 12, 2008

Beneficial Mutual Bancorp Announces Decision Not to Participate in the Treasury Department's Capital Purchase Program

PHILADELPHIA, Nov 12, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Beneficial Mutual Bancorp, Inc. (Beneficial) (Nasdaq: BNCL), the parent company of Beneficial Bank, today announced today that it will not apply for funds available through the U.S. Treasury's Capital Purchase Program.

"After careful consideration, we have decided not to participate in the Treasury's Capital Purchase Program," said Gerard Cuddy, Beneficial's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Beneficial is very well-capitalized, and enjoys significant liquidity and a strong balance sheet. We are well positioned to meet our customers' needs and to execute on our growth strategies."

About Beneficial Mutual Bancorp

Beneficial is a community-based, diversified financial services company providing consumer and commercial banking services. Its principal subsidiary, Beneficial Bank, has served individuals and businesses in the Delaware Valley area for more than 150 years. The Bank is the oldest and largest bank headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with 72 offices in the greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey regions. Insurance services are offered through Beneficial Insurance Services, LLC and wealth management services are offered through Beneficial Advisors, LLC, both wholly owned subsidiaries of the Bank. For more information about Beneficial, please visit

Forward Looking Statements

This news release may contain forward-looking statements, which can be identified by the use of words such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates" or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements and all other statements that are not historic facts are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, changes in the interest rate environment, legislative or regulatory changes that may adversely affect our business, changes in accounting policies and practices, changes in competition and demand for financial services, adverse changes in the securities markets, changes in deposit flows and changes in the quality or composition of Beneficial's loan or investment portfolios. Additionally, other risks and uncertainties may be described in Beneficial's Annual Report on Form 10-K, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or its other reports as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available through the SEC's website at Should one or more of these risks materialize, actual results may vary from those anticipated, estimated or projected. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Except as may be required by applicable law or regulation, Beneficial assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

    Joseph F. Conners
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    Phone: (215) 864-6000

SOURCE Beneficial Mutual Bancorp, Inc.

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