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Columbia Bank acquisition of West Coast finalized

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on April 2, 2013 at 11:11 am with No Comments »
April 2, 2013 11:11 am

Columbia Banking System has announced the completion of its acquisition of West Coast Bancorp, the parent company of West Coast Bank. With the completion of the merger, Columbia’s total assets exceed $7 billion, with 157 branches in 38 counties in Washington and Oregon.

Columbia also appointed David A. Dietzler, a former director of West Coast, to serve on Columbia’s board and the board of its wholly owned subsidiary, Columbia State Bank.

Melanie J. Dressel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia said in a release, “We are delighted to welcome the customers, employees, and shareholders of West Coast to Columbia. The merging of Columbia and West Coast moves us significantly toward our stated objective of being the leading Pacific Northwest regional community bank. The complementary aspects of the companies’ businesses, including customer focus, geographic coverage, business orientation and compatibility of management and operating styles, makes the merger a natural fit.”

Columbia also announced the final results of the elections made by the former shareholders of West Coast regarding the form of consideration to be received in connection with the merger. Pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement, dated September 25, 2012, former West Coast shareholders were entitled to receive merger consideration consisting of shares of Columbia common stock only, cash only or a unit consisting of a mix of Columbia Shares and cash, in each case with a value equal to approximately $24.11.

The final results of the elections made by former West Coast shareholders are as follows:
• Holders of 13,215,490 West Coast shares of common stock, or approximately 57.5 percent of the outstanding West Coast Shares, made valid elections to receive Columbia Shares only.
• Holders of 4,562,805 West Coast shares, or approximately 19.9 percent of the outstanding West Coast shares, made valid elections to receive cash only.
• Holders of 1,970,264 West Coast Shares, or approximately 8.6 percent of the outstanding West Coast shares, made valid elections to receive a unit consisting of Columbia shares and cash.

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