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Announcement:

Moody's continues to review Banco Santander (Brasil)'s ratings for downgrade

Global Credit Research - 18 May 2012

Sao Paulo, May 18, 2012 -- Moody's Investors Service said it is continuing to review for downgrade the standalone bank financial strength rating and the long- and short-term global local currency deposit ratings assigned to Banco Santander (Brasil) S.A. (Santander Brazil), following Moody's downgrade of the ratings of its parent bank, Banco Santander in Spain. For more information on the Banco Santander rating downgrade, please see Moody's May 17, 2012 press release on the Spanish banks. Moody's expects to conclude its review of Santander Brasil's ratings by mid June.

The following ratings assigned to Banco Santander (Brasil) remain on review for possible downgrade:

Bank Financial Strength Rating of C

Long-Term Global Local Currency Deposit Rating of A2

Short-Term Global Local Currency Deposit Rating of Prime-1

The review began on February 24, 2012.

The following ratings are not under review:

Long-Term Foreign Currency Deposit Rating of Baa2, positive outlook

Short-Term Foreign Currency Deposit Rating of Prime-2

Long-Term Senior Unsecured Debt Rating assigned to GMTN Programme of (P)Baa1, positive outlook

Short-term Senior Unsecured Debt Rating assigned to the GMTN Programme of (P) Prime-2

Long-Term Brazilian National Scale Deposit Rating of Aaa.br

Short-Term Brazilian National Scale Deposit Rating of BR-1

For additional information on bank ratings, please refer to the webpage containing Moody's related announcements http://www.moodys.com/bankratings2012

RATING RATIONALE

The ongoing review of Santander Brazil's ratings will take into account Moody's global assessment of the correlation between a bank's standalone credit profile and that of the sovereign in which the bank is domiciled. The review will also factor in the linkages between the parent bank's ratings and the Brazilian subsidiary, which may affect Santander Brazil's local currency deposit ratings.

The review of sovereign linkage will take into account (i) the extent to which the bank's business depends on the domestic macroeconomic and financial environment, (ii) the degree of reliance on market-based, and therefore more confidence-sensitive funding and (iii) the direct or indirect exposures to domestic sovereign debt compared to Santander Brazil's capital base. Moody's discusses this assessment further in the rating implementation guidance "How Sovereign Credit Quality May Affect Other Ratings" published on February 13, 2012 and in the special comment "Banks and Sovereigns: Risk Correlations Constrain Standalone Bank Credit Assessments" published on April 30, 2012.

The last rating action taken on Banco Santander (Brasil) was on February 24, 2012 when Moody's placed on review for downgrade the standalone BFSR and the long- and short-term global local currency deposit ratings of Banco Santander (Brasil). Other ratings remained unchanged.

The methodologies used in these ratings were the "Bank Financial Strength Ratings: Global Methodology" published in February 2007, and "Incorporation of Joint Default Analysis into Moody's Bank Ratings: A Refined Methodology" published in March 2012. Please see the Credit Policy page on www.moodys.com for a copy of these methodologies.

Based in São Paulo, Banco Santander (Brasil) S.A. had total assets of R$415.6 billion (US$228.2 billion) and equity of R$36.3 billion (US$383.1 million) as of March 31, 2012.

Moody's National Scale Ratings (NSRs) are intended as relative measures of creditworthiness among debt issues and issuers within a country, enabling market participants to better differentiate relative risks. NSRs differ from Moody's global scale ratings in that they are not globally comparable with the full universe of Moody's rated entities, but only with NSRs for other rated debt issues and issuers within the same country. NSRs are designated by a ".nn" country modifier signifying the relevant country, as in ".mx" for Mexico. For further information on Moody's approach to national scale ratings, please refer to Moody's Rating Methodology published in March 2011 entitled "Mapping Moody's National Scale Ratings to Global Scale Ratings".

REGULATORY DISCLOSURES

The Global Scale Credit Ratings on this press release that are issued by one of Moody's affiliates outside the EU are endorsed by Moody's Investors Service Ltd., One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E 14 5FA, UK, in accordance with Art.4 paragraph 3 of the Regulation (EC) No 1060/2009 on Credit Rating Agencies. Further information on the EU endorsement status and on the Moody's office that has issued a particular Credit Rating is available on www.moodys.com.

For ratings issued on a program, series or category/class of debt, this announcement provides relevant regulatory disclosures in relation to each rating of a subsequently issued bond or note of the same series or category/class of debt or pursuant to a program for which the ratings are derived exclusively from existing ratings in accordance with Moody's rating practices. For ratings issued on a support provider, this announcement provides relevant regulatory disclosures in relation to the rating action on the support provider and in relation to each particular rating action for securities that derive their credit ratings from the support provider's credit rating. For provisional ratings, this announcement provides relevant regulatory disclosures in relation to the provisional rating assigned, and in relation to a definitive rating that may be assigned subsequent to the final issuance of the debt, in each case where the transaction structure and terms have not changed prior to the assignment of the definitive rating in a manner that would have affected the rating. For further information please see the ratings tab on the issuer/entity page for the respective issuer on www.moodys.com.

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Please see www.moodys.com for any updates on changes to the lead rating analyst and to the Moody's legal entity that has issued the rating.

Ceres Lisboa
VP - Senior Credit Officer
Financial Institutions Group
Moody's America Latina Ltda.
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Maria Celina?Vansetti-Hutchins
MD - Banking
Financial Institutions Group
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Moody's continues to review Banco Santander (Brasil)'s ratings for downgrade
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