ECB Bancorp, Inc. Announces Termination Of Securities Purchase Agreement

ECB Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”), the parent company of East Carolina Bank (the “Bank”), today announced that the Company and FIE I LLC, an affiliate of PIMCO BRAVO Fund, L.P. (“BRAVO Fund”), Patriot Financial Partners, L.P. (“Patriot”), an affiliate of Endicott Management Company (“Endicott”) and three other institutional investors (collectively with BRAVO Fund, Patriot and Endicott, the “Investors”) mutually agreed to terminate their previously reported Securities Purchase Agreement, as amended and restated (the “Agreement”). As previously disclosed, the Company and each of the Investors had entered into the Agreement under which the Company would issue $79.7 million in Company common stock in a private placement offering at a price of $16.00 per share. Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, the Company had also agreed to issue to the Investors warrants to purchase shares of either voting common stock or a new class of the Company’s mandatorily convertible non-voting common stock at a purchase price of $8.00 per share and in an amount equal to 25% of the number of shares of common stock each Investor would purchase in the Offering. Not all the required regulatory approvals necessary to complete the transaction had been received by all of the Investors as of the termination date.

Despite the termination, the Company and the Investors expect to work on an alternate private placement offering. No assurances can be made that a new securities purchase agreement can be reached between the parties or that the terms and conditions of any such new agreement, including the purchase price, would not differ materially from the terms of the prior Agreement.

Important Information

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

Cautionary Notice Regarding Forward Looking Statements

Statements in this press release relating to plans, strategies, economic performance and trends, projections of results of specific activities or investments, expectations or beliefs about future events or results, and other statements that are not descriptions of historical facts, may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by terms such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “could”, “expects”, “plans”, “intends”, “anticipates”, “feels”, “believes”, “estimates”, “predicts”, “forecasts”, “potential” or “continue”, or similar terms or the negative of these terms, or other statements concerning opinions or judgments of the Company’s management about future events. Forward-looking information is inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, which include, but are not limited to, any inability to re-structure and successfully close the Company’s capital raise and the risk factors discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2011, June 30, 2011 and September 30, 2011 and in other documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements in this paragraph. The Company has no obligation, and does not intend, to update these forward-looking statements.

About ECB Bancorp, Inc.

ECB Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company, headquartered in Engelhard, North Carolina, whose wholly-owned subsidiary, The East Carolina Bank, is a state-chartered, independent community bank insured by the FDIC. The Bank provides a full range of financial services through its 25 offices covering eastern North Carolina from Currituck to Ocean Isle Beach and Greenville to Hatteras. The Bank also provides mortgages, insurance services through the Bank’s licensed agents, and investment and brokerage services offered through a third-party broker-dealer. The Company’s common stock is listed on NYSE Amex under the symbol “ECBE”. More information can be obtained by visiting ECB's web site at

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