TACOMA, Wash.–(PRNewswire)–Columbia Banking System, Inc. (NASDAQ: COLB, “Columbia“) today announced the completion of its acquisition of Intermountain Community Bancorp (“Intermountain”), the parent company of Panhandle State Bank, effective as of November 1, 2014. Immediately following completion of the acquisition, Panhandle State Bank was merged with and into Columbia’s wholly owned subsidiary, Columbia State Bank. With this transaction, which was completed in just over three months since the merger agreement was signed, Columbia’s total assets are approximately $8.5 billion, with over 150 branches throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Columbia also appointed Ford Elsaesser, the former Chairman of Intermountain, to serve on Columbia’s Board and the Board of Columbia State Bank.
Melanie J. Dressel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia, said, “We are delighted to welcome the customers, employees, and shareholders of Intermountain to Columbia. This acquisition marks our entry into the Idaho market and furthers our long stated objective of being the leading Pacific Northwest regional community bank. The complementary aspects of the companies’ businesses, including customer focus, business orientation and compatibility of values and operating styles, make the merger a natural fit.”