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First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. Reports Strong Third Quarter Earnings On Improved Credit Quality

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The Company charged-off loans of $5 million during third quarter 2013, compared to $4 million during second quarter 2013 and $15 million during third quarter 2012. Recoveries of charged-off loans were $2 million during third quarter 2013, compared to $4 million during second quarter 2013 and $2 million during third quarter 2012. Approximately 29% of the third quarter 2013 charge-offs related to the loans of one commercial and one commercial real estate borrower.

The Company reversed $3.0 million of provision for loan losses during third quarter 2013, as compared to recording provisions of $375 thousand during second quarter 2013 and $9.5 million during third quarter 2012. The third quarter 2013 reversal of provision is reflective of continued improvement in and stabilization of credit quality as evidenced by declining levels of non-performing assets and criticized loans. As of September 30, 2013, non-performing assets and total criticized assets were at their lowest quarterly levels since 2008.

Beginning in 2013, the Company no longer presents accruing loans modified in troubled debt restructurings as non-performing loans. While still considered impaired under applicable accounting guidance, these loans are performing as agreed under their modified terms and management expects performance to continue. Prior period balances and ratios have been adjusted to reflect this change.

Third Quarter 2013 Conference Call for Investors

First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. will host a conference call to discuss third quarter 2013 results at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. MT) on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. The conference call will be accessible by telephone and through the Internet. Participants may join the call by dialing 1-888-317-6016 or by logging on to The call will be recorded and made available for replay after 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (11:00 a.m. MT) on October 22, 2013 through November 22, 2013 by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (using conference ID 10034035). The call will also be archived on our website,, for one year.

About First Interstate BancSystem, Inc.

First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. is a financial and bank holding company incorporated in 1971 and headquartered in Billings, Montana. The Company operates 74 banking offices, including detached drive-up facilities, in 41 communities in Montana, Wyoming and western South Dakota. Through First Interstate Bank, the Company delivers a comprehensive range of banking products and services to individuals, businesses, municipalities and other entities throughout the Company's market areas.

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