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Pinnacle Financial Announces $21.55 Million Loan Charge-Off

May 01, 2009

Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. (Nasdaq/NGS: PNFP) today announced it charged off a $21.55 million loan to a bank holding company after learning that the banking subsidiary of the borrower had been placed in receivership by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The charge-off will approximate $0.53 per fully diluted share and will negatively impact Pinnacle’s second quarter 2009 results of operations.

"As we noted when we announced our first quarter results and in our conference call last month, this loan was to a financial institution holding company that was experiencing regulatory pressure with respect to its capital position and was not a borrower typical of our client mix in that it was our only loan to a financial institution," said M. Terry Turner, Pinnacle president and chief executive officer. "Apparently, this borrower was unable to satisfy regulatory concerns with respect to its capital position which we believe deteriorated rapidly and contributed to today's unanticipated regulatory action. We look forward to putting this behind us so we can continue to focus on those things that have made Pinnacle successful.

"This event will have a minimal impact on our capital ratios," Turner said. "Our capital position remains strong and above that of all of our major competitors, and we do not believe this event will limit the growth opportunity we continue to have."

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