Argent Bank Fully Deployed in California

  Argent Bank Fully Deployed in California

             Commerce National Bank now operating as Argent Bank

Business Wire

SPOKANE, Wash. -- November 4, 2013

Sterling Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: STSA) is now operating all California
locations as Argent Bank. Previously, Sterling Financial Corporation’s
California banking locations operated in the greater Los Angeles area as
Commerce National Bank – which Sterling Financial Corporation acquired in
October 2013 – and in Northern California and other parts of Southern
California as Argent Bank. Today signifies the completion of the Commerce
National Bank conversion process, unifying all California banking operations
under the Argent Bank name.

“We are pleased to now have a single name to unite all of our California
banking operations,” said David DePillo, vice chairman of Sterling Financial.
“A consistent, cohesive identity is valuable to help our teams 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 principal
operating subsidiary of Sterling Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:STSA) of
Spokane, Washington. Sterling Savings Bank is a Washington state chartered and
federally insured commercial bank that also does business 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 $9.98 billion and
operated depository branches in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California.
Visit Argent Bank’s website at


Argent Bank
Cara L. Coon, 509-626-5348
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