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Summarized by Kent Larsen

First Security Shareholders Vote for Wells Fargo Merger

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Shareholders of First Security Corporation, the bank founded by the family of LDS pioneer David Eccles, voted July 31st to join California-based Wells Fargo bank, effectively ending the bank's independence. While the transaction still faces some regulatory hurdles, bank officials expect that it will be completed in the last three months of this year.

"I believe we have taken the right steps today, and I am very pleased our shareholders voted in favor of the merger," said Spencer F. Eccles, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Security Corporation and descendant of David Eccles. "Wells Fargo is an outstanding franchise and everything we could ever want in a partner. Together, we're looking forward to continuing to be the number one bank in Utah and preserving our heritage as a leader in the Intermountain West."

First Security had grown to become the second largest independent bank headquartered in the West. It has nearly 400 offices in Utah, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, New Mexico and Wyoming and has almost 150 commercial lending offices in 26 states. Late last year it agreed to merge with Utah-based Zions Bancorp, the bank once owned by the LDS Church and currently controlled by LDS Church member Harris Simmons. However, that merger failed as economic conditions changed and investors decided the terms of the deal no longer represented the relative values of the two banks.

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