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Western Alliance Reports Fourth Quarter 2011 Net Income Of $7.1 Million, Or $0.07 Per Share

Nonaccrual loans and repossessed assets decreased to $179.5 million or 2.6 percent of total assets at December 31, 2011, from $200.4 million or 3.1 percent of total assets at September 30, 2011, and from $224.7 million or 3.6 percent of total assets at December 31, 2010. Loans past due 90 days and still accruing totaled $2.6 million at December 31, 2011, up from $2.1 million at September 30, 2011 and $1.5 million at December 31, 2010. Loans past due 30-89 days totaled $13.7 million at quarter end, up slightly from $12.4 million at September 30, 2011 and down from $18.2 million at December 31, 2010.

Classified assets to Tier I capital plus allowance for credit losses, a common regulatory measure of asset quality, improved to 39 percent at December 31, 2011 from 52 percent at December 31, 2010. 1

Net loss on sales and valuation of repossessed assets (primarily other real estate) was $7.7 million for the fourth quarter 2011 compared to $2.1 million in the prior quarter. At December 31, 2011, other repossessed assets were valued at $89 million compared to $87 million at September 30, 2011 and $108 million one year ago.

Balance Sheet

Gross loans totaled $4.78 billion at December 31, 2011, an increase of $254 million from September 30, 2011 and an increase of $540 million from $4.24 billion at December 31, 2010. At December 31, 2011 the allowance for credit losses was 2.07 percent of total loans down from 2.21 percent at September 30, 2011 and 2.61 percent at December 31, 2010.

Deposits totaled $5.66 billion at December 31, 2011, an increase of $26 million from $5.63 billion at September 30, 2011 and an increase of $320 million from $5.34 billion at December 31, 2010.

Non-interest bearing deposits increased $39 million at December 31, 2011 from September 30, 2011 and increased $115 million from $1.44 billion at December 31, 2010. Non-interest bearing deposits comprised 27.5 percent of total deposits at December 31, 2011, compared to 27.0 percent a year ago.

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