Sterling Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: STSA) will now do business in California as Argent Bank. Previously, Sterling Financial Corporation’s California banking locations operated as Sonoma Bank in Northern California and Borrego Springs Bank in the San Diego area. Today signifies the completion of the conversion process, unifying all California banking operations under the new name Argent Bank. “We are pleased to unite all of our California banking operations under Argent Bank,” said David DePillo, vice chairman of Sterling Financial. “With 16 locations in the state, a consistent, cohesive identity was vital in helping our teams to best deliver financial solutions to California customers.” For more information, please visit the BankWithArgent.com website, Argent Bank on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/ArgentBank or follow Argent Bank on Twitter @BankWithArgent. About Argent Bank Argent Bank is the California dba of Sterling Savings Bank, the banking subsidiary of Sterling Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:STSA) of Spokane, Washington. Sterling Savings Bank is a Washington state chartered and federally insured commercial bank. Sterling Savings Bank does business as Argent Bank in California and as Sterling Bank in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Argent Bank offers banking products and services, mortgage lending, and trust and investment products to individuals, small businesses, corporations and other commercial organizations. As of June 30, 2013, Sterling Financial Corporation had assets of $9.94 billion and operated depository branches in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California. Visit Argent Bank’s website at www.bankwithargent.com.