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Sunwest Bank Announces Implementation Of Stock Repurchase Plan

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Sunwest Bank
Jason Raefski, Chief Financial Officer
714.430.4449


IRVINE, CALIFORNIA – Sunwest Bank announced today that, at a regularly scheduled meeting, the Bank’s Board of Directors unanimously adopted a resolution to implement a stock repurchase plan (the “Plan”), which was approved by the appropriate regulatory agencies.  Under the Plan, the Bank is authorized to purchase, during the twelve-month period beginning on March 27, 2013, up to an aggregate amount of $3,000,000 worth of the Bank’s issued and outstanding common stock.

Trading activity in the Bank’s common stock in the over-the-counter market is light and liquidity is limited. Accordingly, the Board of Directors believes that repurchasing shares of its common stock, at market or negotiated prices acceptable to the Bank, would be in the best interest of the Bank and its shareholders and, in particular, those shareholders seeking to liquidate or reduce their investment in the Bank.  The implementation of the Plan will not impair the Bank’s current “well-capitalized” institution rating, as its regulatory capital level will continue to exceed the minimum requirements established for a well-capitalized institution by the applicable regulators.
The Bank also confirmed today that its parent bank holding company, Sunwest Bancorp (“Bancorp”), is not currently planning to seek the merger of Bancorp with the Bank.  Bancorp may or may not seek a merger with the Bank at some future time.  In the event of any future merger, Bancorp will obtain an independent opinion as to the value of the Bank stock at that time.

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