First PacTrust Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”) (Nasdaq: BANC), the holding company for Pacific Trust Bank and Beach Business Bank, announced today the closing of its sale of $45 million aggregate principal amount of 7.50% Senior Notes due April 15, 2020 (the “Notes”). Net proceeds after discounts, commissions and expenses, and exclusive of accrued interest on the Notes from October 15, 2012 and the underwriters’ over-allotment option, were approximately $43.1 million. In addition, the underwriters have exercised in full their over-allotment option in respect of an additional $6.75 million aggregate principal amount of the notes (the “Over-Allotment Notes”). Net proceeds in respect of the sale of the Over-Allotment Notes, after discounts, commissions and expenses, and exclusive of accrued interest from October 15, 2012, are expected to be approximately $6.5 million. The net proceeds of the Notes and the Over-Allotment Notes are expected to be used for possible acquisitions, support of organic growth, investments in, or extensions of credit to, the Company’s subsidiaries, investments in securities and for general corporate purposes. The offering constituted a reopening of the offering of $33,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 7.50% Senior Notes due April 15, 2020 issued by the Company on April 23, 2012. UBS Securities LLC and Raymond James & Associates, Inc. acted as joint book-running managers for the offering. D.A. Davidson & Co. acted as lead manager and Sterne, Agee & Leach, Inc. and Wunderlich Securities, Inc. acted as co-managers for the offering. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz served as outside legal counsel to the Company. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein, nor shall there be any offer or sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The Company has conducted the offering pursuant to an effective Registration Statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-170622) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The senior notes offering has been made solely by means of a separate prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus. Prospective investors should read the prospectus in that registration statement, the prospectus supplement and other documents that the Company has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) for more complete information about the Company and the offering. Investors may obtain these documents without charge by visiting the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, copies of the prospectus supplement and the prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from UBS Securities LLC, 299 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10171, Attention: Prospectus Specialist, toll-free at 1-877-827-6444, ext. 561-3884. About the Company Based in Irvine, CA, First PacTrust Bancorp, Inc. is the $1.6-billion multi-bank holding company of Pacific Trust Bank and Beach Business Bank, which together operate 19 banking offices in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Riverside counties, and 23 loan production offices in California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington.