Bank of The Cascades Headquartered in Bend, Oregon Announces Acquisition of 15 Branches in Oregon & Washington. Reports Third Quarter 2015 Net Income of $5.1 Million.

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Cascade Bancorp, the holding company for Bank of the Cascades, today announced that the Bank has entered into an agreement to purchase 12 Oregon branch locations and three Washington branch locations from Bank of America, National Association. This acquisition allows Cascade the opportunity to enhance and strengthen its footprint in Oregon while providing entry into the Washington market.

Cascade will assume approximately $707 million of branch deposits in the transaction. Pending regulatory approval and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, the completion of the transaction is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2016. Cascade plans to retain current employees working at the branches and is committed to a smooth transition for customers.

“I am pleased to announce that this acquisition will include additional locations in Southern Oregon, as well as new branches in Coastal Oregon communities and will provide an entry into neighboring Washington State. We look forward to welcoming our new employees and customers to a locally-based bank that has served communities in the Pacific Northwest for nearly 40 years,” commented Terry Zink, President and CEO of Cascade.

“We believe our new customers will be very pleased with our personalized approach to banking, including convenient branch locations and best-in-class banking services, such as service-charge-free nationwide ATM access, and 24/7 online and mobile banking for businesses and consumers. Importantly, we believe our new employees will be pleased with Cascade’s commitment to our people and our communities, as well as support of volunteer efforts in tandem with donations to local not-for-profit organizations.”

The acquisition will strengthen Cascade’s core deposit and customer relationship base in the Southern and Coastal counties of Oregon, with its deposit market share increasing to a top three ranking in many of these communities. Cascade’s strategic goal is to grow the company to $5 billion in assets over time through both organic loan growth and value-enhancing bank acquisitions in the Northwest.

Cascade Bancorp was advised in this transaction by Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc. as financial advisor and Hunton & Williams LLP as legal counsel. Additional information regarding the branch acquisition is available in the Company’s Form 8-K, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 28, 2015.

Cascade Bancorp Reports Third Quarter 2015 Net Income of $5.1 Million or $0.07 Per Share, Driven By Solid Organic Loan And Deposit Growth

Cascade Bancorp, the holding company for Bank of the Cascades , announced its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Third Quarter 2015 Financial Highlights
• Net income for the third quarter of 2015 was $5.1 million, or $0.07 per share, compared to $4.8 million, or $0.07 per share, for the second quarter of 2015 (“linked quarter”).

• Third quarter organic loan growth1 was approximately $26.3 million, or 7.7 percent annualized, and is net of a large
construction payoff. Year-to-date (“YTD”) annualized organic growth was 11.9 percent. At September 30, 2015, gross loans were $1.6 billion.

• Total deposits were $2.1 billion at September 30, 2015, up $36.5 million compared to the linked quarter with non- interest bearing accounts up $44.7 million, or 6.3 percent, from the linked quarter. At quarter-end, total checking balances represented over 57.5 percent of total deposits with an overall cost of funds of 0.08 percent.

• Third quarter net interest income was $20.4 million, up $1.1 million, or 5.4 percent, from the linked quarter.

• Net interest margin (“NIM”) was 3.72 percent for the third quarter of 2015, compared to 3.70 percent in the linked quarter.

• Third quarter net loan recoveries totaled $3.1 million, bringing the allowance for loan losses (“ALLL”) to 1.62 percent of gross loans.

• At September 30, 2015, stockholders’ equity was $331.6 million, with book value per share of $4.56 and tangible book value2 per share of $3.38.

• Return on average tangible assets3 was 0.85 percent compared to 0.83 percent in the linked quarter.

• Return on average tangible stockholders’ equity4 was 8.33 percent compared to 8.06 percent in the linked quarter.

• On October, 9, 2015, the Bank announced the hiring of a commercial banking team in the Seattle, Washington market.

“Cascade is truly a unique banking franchise because of our strong market share in the high growth markets of the Pacific Northwest. Our footprint in Oregon and Idaho is benefiting from strong population in-migration combined with solid economic trends. This robust backdrop has enabled Cascade to achieve a double-digit rate of organic loan growth during 2015,” said Terry Zink, President and CEO. “Importantly, organic loan demand remained strong in the third quarter with $26.3 million in net originations, representing annual growth of 7.7 percent. This growth was accomplished despite a sizable $13 million payoff of a completed commercial real estate construction loan during the quarter. Our current pipeline remains very solid, providing visibility for continued loan growth through the balance of the year and into 2016.”

Mr. Zink continued, “Our deposit flows are one of the differentiating traits for Cascade. Non-interest bearing checking deposits increased at a double-digit pace and reflect the strong economic growth in our markets that has contributed to increased average balances for both business and retail customers. This strength has supported our strategy to diversify our loan footprint to markets outside of our core branch network. Our Portland commercial banking center is a prime example of the successful execution of this strategy. We are optimistic that we can replicate this success in Seattle, where we opened a commercial banking center earlier this month with an experienced local banking team led by Brandon Elieff, who has 15 years of expertise in middle market commercial and industrial (“C&I”) and business banking in the Seattle Metro Area.”
1 Organic loan growth is a non-GAAP measure defined as total loan growth less acquired loans during the period. See the last page of this release for a reconciliation of organic loan growth.
2 Tangible book value per common share is a non-GAAP measure defined as total stockholders’ equity, less the sum of core deposit intangible (“CDI”) and goodwill, divided by total number of shares outstanding. See the last page of this release for a reconciliation of tangible book value per common share.
3 Return on average tangible assets is a non-GAAP measure defined as average total assets, less the sum of average CDI and goodwill, divided by net income.
See the last page of this release for a reconciliation of return on average tangible assets.
4 Return on average tangible stockholders’ equity is a non-GAAP measure defined as average total stockholders’ equity, less the sum of average CDI and goodwill, divided by net income. See last page of this release for a reconciliation of return on average tangible stockholders’ equity.

Financial Review
The financial statements as of September 30, 2015 and 2014 are inclusive of purchase accounting adjustments to Home Federal Bancorp (“HFB”) assets and liabilities, which were acquired on May 16, 2014. Year-over-year comparisons are significantly affected by the HFB-related results and one-time charges in the comparable periods of 2014.

The financial highlights for the third quarter of 2015 include continued loan and deposit growth which resulted in higher net interest income as compared to the linked quarter. This improvement was partially offset by a modest sequential decline in non- interest income arising from non-recurring items in the prior period.

Balance Sheet:
At September 30, 2015 as compared to June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014

Total assets at September 30, 2015 were $2.5 billion, up versus prior periods due mainly to increased organic loans and the acquisition of wholesale loans, as well as growth in core deposit balances.

Increases in cash and equivalents at September 30, 2015 relate mainly to increases in deposits net of changes in loan balances during the respective periods.

At September 30, 2015, investment securities classified as available-for-sale and held-to-maturity decreased to $439.9 million as compared to $472.5 million at December 31, 2014. During the quarter, the Company sold approximately $30.1 million in short duration mortgage-backed securities (“MBS”) with partial redeployment into current production adjustable rate mortgages (“ARMs”) to extend its “roll-down-the-curve” portfolio strategy.

Net of changes in both our organic and wholesale loan portfolios, gross loans at September 30, 2015 were $1.6 billion, up $21.4 million from the linked quarter. The current quarter included a large payoff of a commercial construction loan of approximately $13 million. Year-to-date, gross loans increased 10.4 percent, with growth distributed among commercial real estate, construction, and consumer residential loans. The latter included both retained and acquired ARMs. Strategically, the Bank continued to expand its ARM portfolio to further diversify its overall loan portfolio by geography and loan type. Organic growth was partially offset by a modest decline in the shared national credits (“SNC”) portfolio.

The ALLL at September 30, 2015 was $26.6 million as compared to $22.1 million at December 31, 2014. The increase is a result of year-to-date net recoveries of $6.6 million, less a $2.0 million provision credit in the first quarter of 2015. Net recoveries for the current quarter were $3.1 million, primarily related to a large project loan that was previously charged-off.

FHLB stock was $3.0 million at September 30, 2015 compared to $25.6 million at year end 2014. The 2015 reduction was due to changes in FHLB membership stock requirements in connection with the Seattle FHLB merging with Des Moines FHLB in the second quarter of 2015.

Total deposits as of September 30, 2015 increased 5.1 percent to $2.1 billion compared to December 31, 2014. Non-interest bearing accounts increased by $44.7 million to $749.9 million, or 6.3 percent, from the linked quarter and were up 21.1 percent for the year-to-date period. Offsetting this increase in non-interest bearing accounts was a reduction in time deposits of $16.0 million compared to the linked quarter and $50.2 million for the year-to-date period, owing to a strategic run-off of higher priced CDs acquired in the HFB acquisition. The year-to-date 2015 overall cost of funds was 0.09 percent.

Total stockholders’ equity at September 30, 2015 was $331.6 million compared to $315.5 million at December 31, 2014. This increase is primarily a result of 2015 net income of $15.0 million. Tangible common stockholders’ equity5 was $245.9 million, or $3.38 per share, at September 30, 2015 as compared to $227.7 million, or $3.14 per share, at December 31, 2014. The ratios of common stockholders’ equity to total assets and tangible common stockholders’ equity to total assets6 were 13.43 percent and 9.96 percent at September 30, 2015, respectively, and 13.48 percent and 9.73 percent at December 31, 2014, respectively.

5 Tangible stockholders’ equity is a non-GAAP measure defined as total stockholders’ equity, less the sum of CDI and goodwill. See the last page of this release for a reconciliation of tangible stockholders’ equity.

6 Tangible common stockholders’ equity to total assets is a non-GAAP measure defined as total stockholders’ equity, less the sum of core deposit intangible (“CDI”) and goodwill, divided by total assets. See the last page of this release for a reconciliation of tangible common stockholders’ equity to total assets.

At September 30, 2015 as compared to September 30, 2014 (the year ago period)
Compared to the year ago period, cash and cash equivalents decreased $12.2 million and investment securities classified as available-for-sale and held-to-maturity decreased $5.3 million. The decreases were due to excess liquidity resulting from the HFB acquisition being deployed into growth in loans over the period.

On a year-over-year basis, gross loans increased $181.1 million to $1.6 billion, or an increase of 12.4 percent. Approximately 73 percent of this increase is owed to organic growth, with the remaining growth in the wholesale loan portfolio for the strategic reasons described above.

Total deposits increased $96.6 million, or 4.9 percent, at September 30, 2015 compared to September 30, 2014. In this same period, non-interest bearing accounts increased by $105.9 million, or 16.4 percent, and interest bearing demand deposits increased by $43.0 million, or 4.4 percent. These increases were offset by runoff in higher priced CDs acquired with the HFB acquisition; overall time deposits decreased $57.2 million, or 23.4 percent.

Income Statement:
For the quarter ended September 30, 2015 as compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2015(the linked quarter)

Net income for the third quarter of 2015 was $5.1 million, or $0.07 per share, compared to $4.8 million, or $0.07 per share, in the linked quarter.

Total interest income was $20.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015 as compared to $19.8 million in the linked quarter due to higher volume of earning loans. The NIM for the three months ended September 30, 2015 was stable at 3.72 percent. Yields on earning assets remained stable while the cost of funds improved to 0.08 percent for the quarter.

Non-interest income for the third quarter of 2015 was $6.4 million, compared to $6.7 million in the linked quarter. Service fees were seasonally higher and SBA related revenues increased compared to the prior period. Other income was lower because the linked quarter included a combined $1.1 million related to a vendor production performance bonus and the sale of merchant services portfolio that was partially offset by an approximate $0.5 million in gain on sale of short duration securities in the current period.

Non-interest expense in the third quarter of 2015 was $19.1 million compared to $18.4 million in the linked quarter. Salary and benefit expense for the current quarter increased due to incentive and commission-related costs that were seasonally higher, as well as an increase in funding of management’s annual performance bonus pool. Current quarter expenses were lower in IT due to accrual timing, while occupancy expenses were down on a recovery on disposition of a decommissioned branch facility. Professional services were elevated due to costs for the Company’s conversion to a single imaging system and legal expenses, including those related to the large loan recovery described above.

The income tax provision for the third quarter of 2015 was $2.6 million, representing a 34.0 percent effective tax rate for the period, slightly lower than statutory due to the impact of permanent differences.

Income Statement:
For the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2015 compared to year ago periods

Net income for the third quarter of 2015 was $5.1 million compared to $2.4 million for the third quarter of 2014. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was $15.0 million as compared to a loss of $1.3 million for the year ago period. The nine months 2014 loss period was due to the costs incurred in the HFB acquisition. In addition, improvements in 2015 earnings are attributable to higher net interest income arising from increased earning assets from the HFB acquisition, as well as significantly increased non-interest income. The acquisition of HFB also resulted in a decline in the overall loan to deposit ratio due to HFB’s high level of cash and securities. Since the acquisition, the Company has been successful in growing its organic, community bank loan portfolio.

Non-interest income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 was $6.4 million and $19.2 million, respectively, up from $5.5 million and $13.7 million during the respective year ago periods. Much of the year-over-year improvement is related to the Company’s increased customer base arising from the HFB acquisition, as well as the implementation and expansion of sales in its card, mortgage, interest rate swap, and SBA lines of business. This progress also reflects improvement in the local economies in its service areas.

Non-interest expense in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 was $19.1 million and $56.3 million, respectively, compared to $19.7 million and $63.8 million in the respective year ago periods. The changes between the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 and the year ago periods relate primarily to the HFB acquisition costs incurred in 2014.

Income tax expense in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 was $2.6 million and $8.6 million, respectively, as compared to a tax expense of $2.0 million and a tax benefit of $2.8 million, respectively, in the year ago periods. The changes between the current three and nine month periods and the year ago periods relate to the tax impact of the HFB acquisition in 2014.

Asset Quality
Credit quality metrics were solid and remain stable for the current quarter. Net loan recoveries totaled $6.6 million year-to-date 2015, including $3.1 million for the third quarter, as compared to net loan recoveries of $0.3 million for the linked quarter and $0.9 million for the year ago quarter. The ratio of loan loss reserve to total loans increased to 1.62 percent as of September 30, 2015 and as compared to 1.45 percent at June 30, 2015 and 1.48 percent at December 31, 2014. A portion of the increase in reserves has been allocated to the SNC portfolio.

At September 30, 2015, delinquent loans were 0.31 percent of the loan portfolio. This compares to 0.07 percent at June 30, 2015, 0.27 percent at December 31, 2014, and 0.34 percent at September 30, 2014. Non-performing assets as a percentage of total assets was 0.36 percent at September 30, 2015, as compared to 0.41 percent at June 30, 2015, 0.64 percent at December 31, 2014 and 0.74 percent at September 30, 2014. General improvement in the rate of delinquency reflects improving economic conditions.

Acquired loans are recorded at fair value with no reserve provisions brought forward in accordance with purchase accounting principles. The net fair value adjustment to acquired loans from the HFB acquisition was $6.0 million, consisting of an interest rate and a credit mark which will be accreted over the life of the loans (approximately 10 years).

Cascade Bancorp (NASDAQ: CACB), headquartered in Bend, Oregon, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Bank of the Cascades, operate in Oregon, Idaho and Washington markets. Founded in 1977, Bank of the Cascades offers full-service community banking through 37 branches in Central, Southern and Northwest Oregon, as well as in the greater Boise/Treasure Valley, Idaho area. The Bank has a business strategy that focuses on delivering the best in community banking for the financial well-being of customers and shareholders. It executes its strategy through the consistent delivery of full relationship banking focused on attracting and retaining value-driven customers. For further information, please visit our website at www.botc.com.

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