updated 6/21/2011 4:48:09 PM ET 2011-06-21T20:48:09

BETHESDA, Md., June 21, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eagle Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:EGBN), the parent company of EagleBank, today announced that it has received preliminary approval to receive an investment of up to $56.6 million in the Company's preferred stock from the United States Department of the Treasury under the Small Business Lending Fund (the "SBLF"). The SBLF is a voluntary program intended to encourage small business lending by providing capital to qualified community banks at favorable rates.

In connection with the investment, $23.235 million of the SBLF funds will be used to redeem the shares of preferred stock issued to the Treasury under the TARP Capital Purchase Program, providing the Company with up to approximately $33.3 million of additional capital to support its growth. Ronald D. Paul, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer commented: "The types of small business loans intended by the SBLF program represent a significant part of EagleBank's loan portfolio. We are proud of our record of lending to the small business community and we are committed to continuing our activity in this area." 

Subject to review of the SBLF documentation and final due diligence by the Treasury, the Company expects to seek the full amount of the approved investment. Closing is expected to occur within approximately 30 days.

About Eagle Bancorp: The Company is the holding company for EagleBank which commenced operations in 1998. The Bank is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, and conducts full service commercial banking through thirteen offices, located in Montgomery County, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Fairfax County, Virginia. The Company focuses on building relationships with businesses, professionals and individuals in its marketplace. 

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Forward-looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements of goals, intentions, and expectations as to future trends, plans, events or results of Company operations and policies and regarding general economic conditions. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by use of words such as "may," "will," "anticipates," "believes," "expects," "plans," "estimates," "potential," "continue," "should," and similar words or phrases. These statements are based upon current and anticipated economic conditions, nationally and in the Company's market, interest rates and interest rate policy, competitive factors, and other conditions which by their nature, are not susceptible to accurate forecast and are subject to significant uncertainty. Because of these uncertainties and the assumptions on which this discussion and the forward-looking statements are based, actual future operations and results in the future may differ materially from those indicated herein. For details on factors that could affect these expectations, see the risk factors and other cautionary language included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and in other periodic and current reports filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned against placing undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. The Company's past results are not necessarily indicative of future performance.

CONTACT: Eagle Bancorp, Inc. Contact:
         Michael T. Flynn
         301.986.1800

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