Metro Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: METR) and Republic First Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: FRBK) today announced that their boards of directors have voted to terminate their merger agreement, dated November 7, 2008, because of uncertainties regarding regulatory approval of the application for the merger.

“Although we saw many benefits from the merger, we now intend to resume our focus on growing our earnings, organic growth and improved performance,” said Metro Bancorp Chairman, President and CEO Gary L. Nalbandian. “With our very strong capital base, Metro Bancorp intends to pursue de novo expansion in both our existing Central Pennsylvania footprint as well as Metro Philadelphia.”

About Metro Bank

Metro Bank, subsidiary of Metro Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: METR), is a financial services retailer with 33 stores in the counties of Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York. Headquartered in Harrisburg, the bank’s services include seven-day banking, free checking, free instant-issue Visa debit card, free coin-counting machines, free online banking and 24/7 live customer service. The bank also offers commercial banking services including term loans, commercial mortgages, lines of credit and cash management services. For more information about Metro Bank, visit


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