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Washington Banking Declares Its 59th Consecutive Quarterly Dividend

OAK HARBOR, Wash., Jan. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Washington Banking Company (Nasdaq:WBCO), the holding company for Whidbey Island Bank, announced today that the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per common share to shareholders of record on February 11 th and payable on February 26, 2013.

"We earned thirty cents per share in the 2012 fourth quarter and are paying half of that back to the shareholders," stated Jack Wagner, President & CEO. "We continue to use a two-tiered approach for determining the dividend amount. We currently consider six cents as our "basic" dividend portion and then add a variable amount to equate to a total dividend payout not to exceed 50% of quarterly earnings."

The payment of dividends is at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors and will depend upon a number of factors, including capital requirements, the Company's and the Bank's financial condition and results of operations, tax considerations, statutory and regulatory limitations, general economic conditions and any applicable restrictions.

In a separate release today, Washington Banking announced 2012 fourth quarter results, reporting net income of $4.6 million, or $0.30 per diluted common share. Management will host a conference call on Friday, February 1, at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time (1:00 p.m. ET) to discuss the results. This call will also be broadcast live via the internet. Investment professionals and all current and prospective shareholders are invited to access the live call by dialing (480) 629-9835 at 10:00 a.m. PT for conference ID #4588072. To listen to the call online, either live or archived, visit the Investor Relations page of Whidbey Island Bank's website at .

Direct deposit of dividends is available for registered holders of WBCO. The quickest way for registered holders to have their dividends deposited directly into a transaction account is to log-in to the "Investor Centre" area of the transfer agent's website at . Registered holders of WBCO shares may also enroll in this service by calling Computershare at 1-800-962-4284 and requesting an enrollment form.


Washington Banking Company is a bank holding company based in Oak Harbor, Washington, that operates Whidbey Island Bank, a state-chartered full-service commercial bank. Founded in 1961, Whidbey Island Bank provides various deposit, loan and investment services to meet customers' financial needs. With its two FDIC-assisted acquisitions in 2010, Whidbey Island Bank currently operates 31 full-service branches located in six counties in Northwestern Washington. In June 2009, Washington Banking was added to the Russell 2000 Index, a subset of the Russell 3000 Index. Both indices are widely used by professional money managers as benchmarks for investment strategies.

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