Argent Bank is Open for Business in California

  Argent Bank is Open for Business in California

      Sonoma Bank and Borrego Springs Bank Now Operating as Argent Bank

Business Wire

SPOKANE, Wash. -- September 23, 2013

Sterling Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: STSA) will now do business in
California as Argent Bank. Previously, Sterling Financial Corporation’s
California banking locations operated as Sonoma Bank in Northern California
and Borrego Springs Bank in the San Diego area. Today signifies the completion
of the conversion process, unifying all California banking operations under
the new name Argent Bank.

“We are pleased to unite all of our California banking operations under Argent
Bank,” said David DePillo, vice chairman of Sterling Financial. “With 16
locations in the state, a consistent, cohesive identity was vital in helping
our teams to best deliver financial solutions to California customers.”

For more information, please visit the website, Argent Bank
on Facebook at or follow Argent Bank on
Twitter @BankWithArgent.

About Argent Bank

Argent Bank is the California dba of Sterling Savings Bank, the banking
subsidiary of Sterling Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:STSA) of Spokane,
Washington. Sterling Savings Bank is a Washington state chartered and
federally insured commercial bank. Sterling Savings Bank does business as
Argent Bank in California and as Sterling Bank in Washington, Oregon and
Idaho. Argent Bank offers banking products and services, mortgage lending, and
trust and investment products to individuals, small businesses, corporations
and other commercial organizations. As of June 30, 2013, Sterling Financial
Corporation had assets of $9.94 billion and operated depository branches in
Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California. Visit Argent Bank’s website at


Sterling Financial Corporation
Cara L. Coon, 509-626-5348
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