SEATTLE, Oct. 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:SFBC), parent company of Sound Community Bank, today announced that the Bank has entered into an agreement with Sunwest Bank of Irvine, California to acquire approximately $17.7 million of deposits for a core deposit premium of 3.35% and its University Place, Washington branch located at 4922 Bridgeport Way West.  The cost of funds from this branch is an attractive 17 basis points and the cash received is expected to be used to pay down FHLB borrowings.  The transaction is projected to be accretive to earnings by the end of 2017. 

Laurie Stewart, President and CEO of Sound Community Bank, stated: "We are very excited to expand our franchise in Pierce County by adding a second retail location in University Place in addition to our existing facility at 2941 South 38 th Street.  The acquisition supports our growth strategy to capitalize on opportunities that leverage our capital while extending our market footprint.  We will take the necessary steps to ensure a smooth transition of service for these new customers while continuing our long-term commitment to providing exemplary service to all of the communities we serve."

The Bank is not acquiring any loans as part of the transaction.  The Bank expects to retain the current branch staff at the location. The transaction is expected to close in the first calendar quarter of 2017, following approval by regulators and satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc., a bank holding company established in August 2012, is the parent company of Sound Community Bank, established in 1953 and headquartered in Seattle, Washington with full-service branches in Seattle, Tacoma, Mountlake Terrace, Sequim, Port Ludlow and Port Angeles. Sound Community Bank is a Fannie Mae Approved Lender and Seller/Servicer with an additional Loan Production Office in the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. For more information, please visit

Silver, Freedman, Taff & Tiernan LLP served as Sound Financial Bancorp's legal adviser.  Sunwest Bank was advised by Hovde Group LLC and King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano, LLP served as legal counsel.

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Media:Laurie StewartPresident/CEO(206) 448-0884 x306Financial:Matt DeinesEVP/CFO(206) 448-0884 x305

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