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Western Alliance Reports Fourth Quarter 2012 Net Income Of $32.1 Million, Or $0.37 Per Share; Full Year Net Income Of $72.8 Million, Or $0.83 Per Share

The Torrey Pines Bank segment, which excludes discontinued operations, reported that loans increased $78 million during the fourth quarter 2012 and $189 million during the last 12 months to $1.51 billion. Deposits increased $65 million in the fourth quarter 2012 and $263 million over the last 12 months to $1.68 billion. Net income for Torrey Pines Bank was $5.2 million during the fourth quarter 2012 compared with net income of $6.4 million for the third quarter of 2012 and net income of $5.9 million during the fourth quarter 2011.

The other segment reported loans increased during the fourth quarter 2012 by $11 million as the result of the acquisition of Las Vegas Sunset Properties (former subsidiary of Western Liberty, now a subsidiary of Western Alliance Bancorporation) and increased $24 million during the last 12 months.

Attached to this press release is summarized financial information for the quarter ended December 31, 2012.

Subsequent Event

On January 18, 2013, the Company’s Western Alliance Bank subsidiary executed a definitive agreement to acquire Centennial Bank, located in Fountain Valley, California, for $57.5 million in cash, distribution of specified loans and assumption of Centennial Bank’s transactional expenses up to $1.0 million. Subject to bankruptcy court and regulatory approval, the transaction is expected to close in the late first quarter 2013. The Company expects the acquisition to be accretive to its earnings per share.

Conference Call and Webcast

Western Alliance Bancorporation will host a conference call and live webcast to discuss its fourth quarter 2012 financial results at 12:00 p.m. ET on Friday, January 25, 2013. Participants may access the call by dialing 1-888-317-6003 and using passcode: 7853474 or via live audio webcast using the website link: https://services.choruscall.com/links/wal130125.html. The webcast is also available via the Company’s website at www.westernalliancebancorp.com. Participants should log in at least 15 minutes early to receive instructions. The call will be recorded and made available for replay after 2:00 p.m. ET, January 25 th through February 25 th at 9:00 a.m. ET by dialing 1-877-344-7529 using the conference number 10023314.

About Western Alliance Bancorporation

Western Alliance Bancorporation is the parent company of Bank of Nevada, Western Alliance Bank doing business as Alliance Bank of Arizona and First Independent Bank, and Torrey Pines Bank. These dynamic organizations provide a broad array of deposit and credit services to clients in Nevada, Arizona and California. Staffed with experienced financial professionals, these organizations deliver a broader product array and larger credit capacity than community banks, yet are empowered to be more responsive to customers' needs than larger institutions. Additional investor information can be accessed on the Investor Relations page of the company's website, www.westernalliancebancorp.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements that relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. The forward-looking statements contained herein reflect our current views about future events and financial performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and changes in circumstances that may cause our actual results to differ significantly from historical results and those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Some factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical or expected results include: factors listed in the Form 10-K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission; changes in general economic conditions, either nationally or locally in the areas in which we conduct or will conduct our business; inflation, interest rate, market and monetary fluctuations; increases in competitive pressures among financial institutions and businesses offering similar products and services; higher defaults on our loan portfolio than we expect; changes in management’s estimate of the adequacy of the allowance for credit losses; legislative or regulatory changes or changes in accounting principles, policies or guidelines; management’s estimates and projections of interest rates and interest rate policy; the execution of our business plan; and other factors affecting the financial services industry generally or the banking industry in particular.

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