About Mountain West Financial Corp.Mountain West is a Helena, Montana-based bank holding company that operates one wholly-owned subsidiary bank, Mountain West Bank, which was founded in 1991. As of December 31, 2013, Mountain West Bank had total assets of approximately $646 million. Mountain West Bank operates 12 branches in five primary markets in Montana – Helena, Great Falls, Missoula, the Flathead Valley (Kalispell and Whitefish) and Bozeman. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Rule 175 promulgated thereunder, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Rule 3b-6 promulgated thereunder, that involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Any statements about First Interstate’s or the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations, strategies, beliefs, or future performance or events constitute forward-looking statements. Such statements are identified as those that include words or phrases such as “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “trend,” “objective,” “continue” or similar expressions or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “might,” “may” or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions, estimates and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from any results, performance or events expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including the possibility that the merger and the subsequent bank merger may not close when expected or at all because required regulatory or other approvals and other conditions to closing are not received or satisfied on a timely basis or at all. All forward-looking statements attributable to First Interstate’s or the combined company’s or persons acting on First Interstate’s behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements set forth above. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and First Interstate does not undertake or assume any obligation to update publicly any of these statements to reflect actual results, new information or future events, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable laws. If First Interstate updates one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that First Interstate will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.
Additional Information About the Merger and Where to Find itFirst Interstate has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials in connection with the merger, including the merger agreement. The proxy statement/prospectus has been mailed to the shareholders of Mountain West. First Interstate’s registration statement on Form S-4 has been declared effective, and on May 13, 2014, First Interstate was informed by Mountain West that, at its special meeting of stockholders held for the purpose on such date, the merger agreement and the merger to be effected pursuant thereto was approved by the Mountain West stockholders. Investors are urged to read the proxy statement/prospectus and the other relevant materials because they contain important information about Mountain West, First Interstate and the merger. The proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials, and any other documents filed by First Interstate with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors may obtain free copies of the documents filed by First Interstate with the SEC by contacting Amy Anderson, First Interstate BancSystem, Inc., 401 N. 31 st Street, Billings, MT, 59101; telephone 406-255-5390.