EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - April 7, 2016) - Canadian Western Bank (CWB) (TSX:CWB) today announced its recent signing of an asset purchase agreement to acquire GE Capital's Canadian Franchise Finance business. The business provides financing across Canada to a diverse group of established companies in the hospitality and restaurant industries. The acquisition will include key employees required to complement CWB's continued strategic commercial banking growth and geographic expansion. The balance of loans to be acquired is approximately $350 million. The transaction is expected to close in CWB's third quarter of fiscal 2016, subject to customary approvals.

About CWB Group

CWB Group (CWB) is a diversified financial services organization serving businesses and individuals across Canada. Operating from its headquarters in Edmonton, Alberta, CWB's key business lines include full-service business and personal banking offered through 42 branches of Canadian Western Bank and Internet banking services provided by Canadian Direct Financial (CDF). Highly responsive specialized financing is delivered under the banners of CWB Equipment Financing, National Leasing, CWB Maxium Financial and CWB Optimum Mortgage. Trust Services are offered through Canadian Western Trust. Comprehensive wealth management offerings are provided through CWB Wealth Management, which includes the businesses of Adroit Investment Management, McLean & Partners Wealth Management and Canadian Western Financial. As a public company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), CWB trades under the symbols "CWB" (common shares), "CWB.PR.B" and "CWB.PR.C" (Series 5 Preferred Shares and Series 7 Preferred Shares, respectively). Learn more at www.cwb.com.

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Canadian Western Bank
Kirby Hill, CFA
Vice President, Strategy & Communications
(780) 441-3770

Canadian Western Bank
Matt Evans, CFA
AVP, Investor Relations
(780) 969-8337