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Preliminary Proration Results of Transaction Consideration to Be Received by Compass Stockholders in BBVA's Acquisition of Compass

MADRID, Spain & BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 6, 2007--Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (NYSE: BBV) (MAD: BBVA) and Compass Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBSS) today preliminarily announced the transaction consideration to be received by Compass stockholders in BBVA's pending acquisition of Compass.

Based on election results and applying the proration procedures described in the transaction agreement, holders of Compass stock upon the closing of the transaction are preliminarily expected to receive the following transaction consideration:

  • Compass stockholders who made a valid stock election will receive 2.8 BBVA American Depositary Shares ("BBVA ADSs") per share of Compass common stock covered by that election;
  • Compass stockholders who made a valid cash election will receive $71.82 per share in cash for approximately 60% of the shares of Compass common stock covered by such election and 2.8 BBVA ADSs per share for the remaining shares covered by that election;
  • Compass stockholders who did not make a valid election will receive 2.8 BBVA ADSs per share.

Under the terms of the transaction agreement, no fractional BBVA ADSs will be issued. In lieu of the issuance of any fractional BBVA ADSs, each Compass stockholder who otherwise would be entitled to receive a fractional BBVA ADS will receive cash as described in the transaction agreement.

The final transaction consideration and the proration thereof will be computed using the proration formula in the transaction agreement and will be based on, among other things, the actual number of shares of Compass common stock outstanding immediately prior to the closing time and the final results of the election process.

A more complete description of the transaction consideration and the proration procedures applicable to elections is contained in the proxy statement/prospectus dated June 29, 2007, mailed to Compass stockholders of record on or about July 3, 2007. Compass stockholders are urged to read the proxy statement/prospectus carefully and in its entirety. Copies of the proxy statement/prospectus may be obtained for free by following the instructions below under "Additional Information About this Transaction."

The Compass stockholders approved the transaction at a special shareholders meeting held on August 8, 2007. On June 21, 2007, BBVA shareholders approved a capital increase to partially fund the acquisition of Compass. The transaction is expected to be completed on September 7, 2007, assuming the satisfaction of the conditions contained in the transaction agreement.

About BBVA

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. is a financial group with more than $620 billion in total assets, 42 million clients, 7,500 branches and approximately 101,000 employees in more than 30 countries. The BBVA Group maintains a leadership position in Spain, Mexico, Latin America and has started a growth and diversification strategy in the U.S. and Asia.

About Compass

Compass Bancshares, Inc. is a $34.9 billion Southwestern financial holding company which operates 415 full-service banking offices including 164 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 75 in Arizona, 44 in Florida, 33 in Colorado and 10 in New Mexico. Compass is among the top 30 U.S. bank holding companies by asset size and ranks among the top earners of its size based on return on equity. Shares of Compass' common stock are traded through the NASDAQ Global Select Market(SM) exchange under the symbol CBSS. Additional information about Compass, a member of the S&P 500 Index and Dow Jones Select Dividend Index, can be found at www.compassbank.com.

Additional Information About this Transaction

Compass stockholders are urged to read the proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed transaction of BBVA and Compass, which was first mailed to Compass stockholders on or about July 3, 2007, because it contains important information. They may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement/prospectus and other related documents filed by BBVA and Compass with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. The proxy statement/prospectus and the other documents also may be obtained for free by accessing Compass's website at www.compassbank.com or in hard copy upon request to the information agent, Morrow & Co., Inc., at 1-800-460-1014.

Forward-looking Statements

Statements in this news release that are not historical facts should be considered forward-looking statements with respect to BBVA or Compass. Forward-looking statements of this type speak only as of the date of this report. By nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risk and uncertainties. Various factors, including, but not limited to, unforeseen local, regional, national or global events, economic conditions, asset quality, interest rates, loan demand, changes in business or consumer spending, borrowing or savings habits, deposit growth, adequacy of the reserve for loan losses, competition, stock price volatility, government monetary policy, anticipated expense levels, changes in laws and regulations, the level of success of the company's asset/liability management strategies as well as its marketing, product development, sales and other strategies, the effect of changes in accounting policies and practices, as may be adopted by the regulatory agencies as well as the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the International Financial Reporting Standards adopted by the European Union and applicable to BBVA, and other accounting standard setters, the costs and effects of litigation and of unexpected or adverse outcomes in such litigation, matters related to the proposed transaction between BBVA and Compass (including, among others, receipt of regulatory approvals, risks related to integration issues, and cost and revenue synergies) and changes in the assumptions used in making the forward-looking statements, could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. BBVA and Compass undertake no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent circumstances, events or information or for any other reason.

Ricardo Marine, 212-728-1660
Investor Relations, New York Office
Compass Bancshares, Inc
Ed Bilek, 205-297-3331
Investor Relations

SOURCE: Compass Bancshares, Inc. and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.

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