Umpqua Bank Branches Out with Western Sierra Bancorp Acquisition
Jun 06,2006 00:00 by Bend Weekly News Sources

Umpqua Holdings Corporation, parent company of Umpqua Bank and Strand, Atkinson, Williams & York, Inc., announced today the completion of its acquisition of California-based Western Sierra Bancorp by merger on June 2, 2006. Western Sierra shareholders will receive 1.61 shares of Umpqua common stock for each share of Western Sierra common stock, giving the transaction a total value of approximately $352 million.

As of June 5th, all Western Sierra Bancorp branches, including those of Western Sierra National Bank, Central California Bank, Lake Community Bank and Auburn Community Bank, will operate under the Umpqua Bank name. The merger adds the former Western Sierra Bancorp's 31 Northern California branches to Umpqua Bank's network of 96 Northern California, Oregon and Washington locations, for a total of 127 stores and 150 ATMs. Western Sierra associates have already been enrolled in Umpqua Bank's internal employee programs and starting today will offer Umpqua products and services in their branches. Umpqua Bank offers a complete portfolio of commercial, small business and retail banking services throughout Northern California, Oregon and Washington.

"As separate organizations, Umpqua Bank and Western Sierra already shared a strong commitment to community banking and a focus on customer service," said Davis. "Since announcing the acquisition, we have worked closely to integrate the best of both companies. The expanded Umpqua Bank provides customers, employees and shareholders with a larger bank network, increased opportunities, and the same unwavering commitment to the communities we serve."

Ray Davis will continue to lead the combined organizations as president and CEO of Umpqua Holdings Corporation. Bill Fike, president of Umpqua Bank California, will continue to oversee Umpqua's California operations.

Approximately 12.7 million shares of Umpqua Holdings Corporation common stock will be issued in connection with the merger. The combined organization has assets of approximately $7.1 billion, deposits of approximately $5.2 billion and shareholder's equity of approximately $1.1 billion.

Pursuant to the reorganization agreement, Umpqua Holdings' board of directors has appointed former Western Sierra director Matthew Bruno to Umpqua's board. Mr. Bruno was a founding director of Central California Bank and is currently the president of Turlock Dairy and Refrigeration, Inc., a large distributor of dairy equipment.

About Umpqua Holdings Corporation:

Umpqua Holdings Corporation is the parent company of Umpqua Bank, an Oregon-based community bank recognized for its entrepreneurial approach, innovative use of technology, and distinctive banking solutions. Umpqua Bank has 127 locations stretching from the greater Sacramento area and San Joaquin Valley to Seattle, Wash., as well as along the Oregon and Northern California Coast and in Central Oregon. Umpqua Holdings also owns retail brokerage subsidiary Strand, Atkinson, Williams & York, Inc., which has locations in Umpqua Bank stores and in dedicated offices throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. Umpqua Bank's Private Client Services Division provides tailored financial services and products to individual customers. Umpqua Holdings Corporation is headquartered in Portland, Ore. For more information, visit