First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. ("First Interstate") (NASDAQ: FIBK) and Cascade Bancorp ("Cascade") (NASDAQ: CACB) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which First Interstate, parent company of First Interstate Bank, will acquire Cascade, parent company of Bank of the Cascades, in a cash and stock transaction for total consideration valued at approximately $589 million in aggregate, or $7.60 per share based on the First Interstate closing price of $38.30 per share on November 16, 2016. The transaction creates a unique regional banking franchise that extends from the Mountain West to the Pacific Northwest and provides First Interstate with a presence in several high-growth markets, including Bend, Oregon and Boise, Idaho. Cascade is a relationship-oriented community bank based in Bend, Oregon with total assets of $3.2 billion, deposits of $2.7 billion, loans of $2.1 billion and 50 banking offices across Oregon, Idaho and Washington. After completion of the acquisition, First Interstate will have approximately $12.1 billion in total assets, $10.1 billion in total deposits, $7.6 billion in total loans and 131 banking offices. "We are very excited to announce this transformational acquisition that leverages our significant investment in people, processes and technology. This opportunity is a good fit for us geographically, strategically, financially and culturally. Cascade's operating philosophy, commitment to community banking and corporate responsibility are similar to ours, allowing for a seamless integration of our two companies," said First Interstate President and Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Riley. "We are pleased to welcome Cascade's employees, customers and shareholders and look forward to continuing the good work that Cascade has been doing. Both of our banks have very strong, relationship-centered cultures and this is an ideal extension of First Interstate into markets we have been evaluating for several years," continued Mr. Riley. "We believe First Interstate is an exceptional banking partner for Cascade," commented Terry Zink, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascade Bancorp. "Strategically they intend to grow Cascade's branch network, as well as our metropolitan commercial banking centers across the northwest. It follows that they highly value the many Cascade bankers who are on the front line with our customer relationships and are committed to ensuring our loyal customers will benefit from this combination."