Columbia State Bank Acquires Substantially All of the Deposits and Assets of American Marine Bank, Bainbridge Island, Washington

Jan 29, 2010, 21:46 ET from Columbia Banking System, Inc.

TACOMA, Wash., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Columbia Banking System, Inc. (Nasdaq: COLB) today announced its wholly owned subsidiary, Columbia State Bank, has acquired substantially all of the deposits and assets of American Marine Bank from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), which was appointed receiver of the institution.  No holding company assets or liabilities were acquired by Columbia State Bank in the transaction.

"We warmly welcome former American Marine Bank customers into our network of 73 Columbia Bank branches in Washington and Oregon," said Melanie J. Dressel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Columbia Banking System. "While branches will open under new ownership, customers will be able to bank as usual during regular business hours and their deposits are safe, accessible and remain FDIC insured to the maximum provided by law.  We anticipate a smooth transition, and look forward to working with the American Marine team, who have served their community so well."

Columbia Banking System will acquire approximately $350 million in assets and approximately $270 million in deposits located in 11 branches, enhancing our presence on the Western Puget Sound.  American Marine's loan portfolio of approximately $250 million will be subject to a loss-sharing agreement with the FDIC.  In addition, as part of this acquisition, Columbia Bank received regulatory approval to exercise trust powers and will continue to operate the Trust and Wealth Management Division of American Marine Bank.

Columbia Bank participated in a competitive bid process, whereby it agreed to assume all non-brokered deposits and nearly all of the assets of American Marine Bank.  The accepted bid included a 1% deposit premium on non-brokered deposits and a negative bid of $23.0 million on net assets acquired. Together with the recently announced Columbia River Bank acquisition, this transaction will bring total assets to approximately $4.5 billion.

About Columbia

Headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, Columbia Banking System, Inc. is the holding company of Columbia State Bank, a Washington state-chartered full-service commercial bank which was awarded second place in the large employer category by Seattle Business Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For 2009".  With the January 22, 2010 FDIC-assisted acquisition of Columbia River Bank, Columbia Banking System has 73 banking offices in ten counties in Washington State, and eleven counties in Oregon.  Columbia Bank does business under the Bank of Astoria name at the Bank of Astoria's former branches located in Astoria, Warrenton, Seaside and Cannon Beach in Clatsop County and in Manzanita and Tillamook in Tillamook County.  More information about Columbia can be found on its website at

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Melanie J. Dressel, President and

Chief Executive Officer

(253) 305-1911

Gary R. Schminkey, Executive Vice President

and Chief Financial Officer

(253) 305-1966

SOURCE Columbia Banking System, Inc.