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Capital Bank Financial Corp. Announces Lifting of Operating Agreement and Related Requirements

CORAL GABLES, Fla., Aug. 31, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capital Bank Financial Corp. (Nasdaq:CBF) (the "Company") today announced that the operating agreement between its subsidiary, Capital Bank NA (the "Bank"), and its primary regulator, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has been terminated effective immediately. The operating agreement was entered into during August 2010 as part of Capital Bank's approval to operate as a denovo bank. The agreement required the Bank to maintain certain capital, placed restrictions on its ability to pay dividends and limited its ability to make certain other business decisions.

Gene Taylor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "The lifting of this agreement is an important milestone for Capital Bank, as it indicates that we are operating in a safe and sound manner consistent with expectations for a midsized national bank. We will continue to operate within supervisory expectations as we focus on executing on our growth, profitability, and return targets."

The Company's CFO, Chris Marshall, added, "We will continue to operate with strong capital levels that are prudently above minimum regulatory requirements, but now we have the flexibility to set capital targets that are consistent with the Bank's risk profile and risk management capabilities. Deploying excess capital will remain a priority for us."

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About Capital Bank Financial Corp.

Capital Bank Financial Corp. is a national bank holding company, formed in 2009 to create a premier regional banking franchise in the southeastern United States. CBF is the parent of Capital Bank N.A., a national banking association with $7.1 billion in total assets as of June 30, 2015, and 153 full-service banking offices throughout Florida, North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. To learn more about Capital Bank, N.A., please visit www.capitalbank-us.com.

CONTACT: Kenneth A. Posner Chief of Strategic Planning and Investor Relations Phone: (212) 399-4020 Kposner@cbfcorp.com

Source:Capital Bank Financial Corp.