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First PacTrust Bancorp Announces Quarterly Dividend

First PacTrust Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: BANC), the multi-bank holding company for PacTrust Bank and Beach Business Bank, today announced that, based upon third quarter results, the Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share on its outstanding common stock. The dividend will be payable on December 30, 2012 to shareholders of record as of December 14, 2012. Based upon the trading price as of November 30, 2012 of $11.80, this cash dividend results in an annualized dividend yield of 4.07% percent.

Steven Sugarman, the Chief Executive Officer of First PacTrust Bancorp, stated: “Management and the Board are pleased to continue our dividend policy which we believe provides our shareholders an attractive, tax-efficient return. During the third quarter we completed the acquisition of two significant banking institutions which, we believe, will further build upon our strategy and franchise, and accelerate First Pactrust Bancorp’s future earnings and dividend growth.”

This will be the seventh cash dividend that is subject to First PacTrust Bancorp’s Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRIP). All registered shareholders participate in the DRIP program unless an “opt-out” form is submitted to First PacTrust Bancorp’s transfer agent, Registrar and Transfer Company. Participants in the DRIP program are able to convert the value of their cash dividend into the direct purchase of stock from the Company at a 3% discount from the applicable market price.

About First PacTrust Bancorp

Based in Irvine, Calif., First PacTrust Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company of PacTrust Bank and Beach Business Bank which together operate branch locations in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Riverside counties. Including the recently completed acquisition of Gateway Business Bank, First PacTrust has approximately $1.6 billion in assets and operates a total of 19 banking offices and 23 loan production offices in California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “Safe-Harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are necessarily subject to risk and uncertainty and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated due to various factors, including those set forth from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any such statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date on which the forward-looking statement is made.

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