MetaBank® Released from OCC Consent Order

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Aug. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Meta Financial Group, Inc. ("MFG" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: "CASH" – NEWS) announced that its bank subsidiary, MetaBank, has been released from its Consent Order by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC").  The Consent Order, originally issued by the Office of Thrift Supervsion ("OTS") in July 2011, was terminated by the OCC effective August 7, 2014.    

Chairman and CEO J. Tyler Haahr commented, "I am very proud of our employees, who have worked extremely hard with and under the guidance of our board, management, and our regulators over the last few years to improve processes and controls, while continuing to serve our customers.  While under the OCC Consent Order, we were able to increase earnings and grow the balance sheet, raise significant amounts of new capital, and make significant investments in compliance-related infrastructure.  Now that the Consent Order is lifted, we believe our growth prospects are even stronger.  We are excited about the opportunities to more easily add new strategic partnerships, and in fact we recently signed a new prepaid program manager.  We also look forward to deepening our existing relationships, and we are excited to roll out new products and services and enhance existing products, all of which we think will add new and diversified revenue streams and spur further growth with current and new partners and customers."

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