Sound Community Bank to Acquire Three Branch Locations With Deposits From Columbia Bank on the Olympic Peninsula

| Source: Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc.

SEATTLE, May 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:SFBC), parent company of Sound Community Bank, today announced that the Bank has entered into an agreement with Columbia Bank to acquire three retail branches located on the Olympic Peninsula in Sequim, Port Ludlow and Port Angeles, Washington. The purchase will increase the Bank's existing deposit market share in Sequim and Port Angeles and will extend the Bank's retail footprint into Port Ludlow. Employees at the locations will become employees of Sound Community Bank.

Sound plans to consolidate their existing Sequim Branch into the nearby Sequim Village Branch of Columbia Bank. In Port Angeles the Columbia Branch will relocate eight blocks to the East into the Sound Community Bank Branch. No location changes are anticipated in Port Ludlow. 

Laurie Stewart, President & CEO of Sound Community Bank stated, "We are very excited to expand our franchise on the Peninsula. The acquisition extends our ability to meet the needs of businesses and individuals throughout the region while continuing our long-term commitment to serving the community."

"Today we announced the sale of our Port Angeles, Port Ludlow and Sequim branches. Although we did not seek out this transaction, after careful consideration, we determined that it made sense," noted Melanie Dressel, President and CEO of Columbia Bank and Columbia Banking System, Inc.  "Among consideration in this decision was the treatment of our employees and customers going forward. With Sound's long history on the Peninsula, they have a commitment to these communities and a well-known reputation as a good employer."

Sound Community Bank anticipates receiving approximately $30 million of deposits and $1 million of loans from the transaction. Sound Community Bank will pay Columbia Bank a 2.35% total deposit premium on the transaction. The cost of funds from these branches is an attractive 14 basis points and the cash received will be used to pay down FHLB borrowings in the short term. Therefore, the transaction is expected to be accretive by the end of 2014. The branch facilities are being acquired at book value.

Subject to regulatory approval from the Federal Deposit Insurance Company and the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2014.

Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc., a bank holding company established in August 2012, is the parent company of Sound Community Bank, established in 1953 and headquartered in Seattle, Washington with full-service branches in Seattle, Tacoma, Mountlake Terrace, Sequim and Port Angeles. Sound Community Bank is a Fannie Mae Approved Lender and Seller/Servicer with an additional Loan Production Office in the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. For more information, please visit

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Laurie Stewart
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