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Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. And San Diego Trust Bank Announce Merger Agreement

Stocks in this article: PPBI SDBK

Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: PPBI) (“Pacific Premier” or the “Company”) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire San Diego Trust Bank (OTCBB: SDBK), a San Diego, California, based state-chartered bank with $242.0 million in total assets and $187.9 million in total deposits at December 31, 2012. This transaction will expand Pacific Premier’s banking footprint into San Diego County and is expected to further improve Pacific Premier’s deposit mix.

Steven R. Gardner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Premier commented, “This is an attractive opportunity for us to expand into the San Diego marketplace with the acquisition of San Diego Trust Bank, one of the top performing community banks in this market. We believe San Diego is a logical extension for our franchise that will allow us to continue to execute on our strategic plan. This acquisition will enable us to introduce the Pacific Premier brand, products and services into a new market with similar demographics to our current footprint. Further, the transaction will provide us with significant opportunities for synergies due to San Diego Trust Bank’s strong relationship based business banking model.”

Mr. Gardner continued, “We are excited that San Diego Trust Bank has agreed to join and grow with Pacific Premier. We see this as an exciting opportunity for our combined shareholders, customers and employees. San Diego Trust Bank’s existing customers will continue to receive the same excellent customer service and products without disruption. Additionally, the acquisition of San Diego Trust Bank will allow Pacific Premier to deploy a portion of its current capital base into a compelling investment. Lastly, we expect to be able to leverage the strong core deposit franchise of San Diego Trust Bank with our robust loan product offerings.”

“We are thrilled to announce this strategic partnership with Pacific Premier,” said Michael Perry, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of San Diego Trust Bank. “Not only does this combination provide our original shareholders with the opportunity to realize a meaningful return on their initial capital investment of $12 million, it allows them the opportunity to participate in the enhanced value created by the collective efforts of our respective organizations,” he added. “Our clients will benefit from the increased lending capacity as a result of this merger and the broad array of financial services and products that Pacific Premier currently offers. Most importantly, our valued clients will continue to be served by the same exceptional team they have known and trusted for years at San Diego Trust Bank. This is truly a situation where our shareholders, clients, staff and the San Diego community benefit greatly from the combined efforts and resources of two exceptional banking institutions,” concluded Perry.

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