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Washington Federal to get in California with $654 million acquisition

Washington Federal in Seattle consented to purchase Luther Burbank Corp. in a $654 million, all-stock quote to broaden into California.

Luther Burbank runs 10 branches in California and one in Washington. It likewise has 6 loan production workplaces in California and one in Oregon. It has properties of $7.9 billion, overall loans of $6.9 billion, and deposits of $5.8 billion.

The $20.8 billion Washington Federal stated the offer might close as quickly as the 2nd quarter of 2023. The combined organization would have about $29 billion of properties, $23 billion of loans and $22 billion of deposits with 210 areas in Washington, California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

“One thing I have learned is that you do not find the right deal — the right deal finds you. That is the case here,” Brent Beardall, president and CEO of Washington Federal, stated in a release revealing the offer Sunday. “It checks all the boxes. It creates scale. It creates a contiguous footprint from Seattle to Austin,” Texas.

The offer for Luther Burbank “checks all the boxes. It creates scale. It creates a contiguous footprint from Seattle to Austin,” stated Brent Beardall, president and CEO of Washington Federal.

“Unlike so many comparable transactions, this transaction does not negatively affect our tangible book value and is accretive to forward-estimated earnings and capital,” Beardall included.

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods was monetary consultant and Davis Wright Tremaine LLP legal counsel to Washington Federal. Piper Sandler & Co. was monetary consultant and Holland & Knight LLP legal counsel to Luther Burbank. 

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