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Heritage Oaks Bancorp Repurchases Preferred Shares Issued to Treasury


July 18 - Heritage Oaks Bancorp (Nasdaq: HEOP), a bank holding company and parent of Heritage Oaks Bank, Paso Robles, Calif., has repurchased all shares of the series A senior preferred stock issued to the U.S. Department of the Treasury as part of the Troubled Asset Relief ProgramóCapital Purchase Program at par, plus accrued dividends. Total proceeds of $21 million plus $181,000 of accrued dividends were paid through a one-time dividend from the bank to the company.

"We are pleased to announce the repurchase of preferred stock from the U.S. Department of the Treasury," said Simone Lagomarsino, president and CEO of Heritage Oaks Bancorp. "Our ability to repurchase these shares with internal resources reflects our overall financial strength and marks another major milestone in our return to financial health. The repurchase of the preferred stock will eliminate the dilutive effect of preferred dividends to our common shareholders."

Pro-forma regulatory capital ratios at June 30, 2013, after considering the repurchase of preferred stock are 10.6 percent and 14.6 percent for Tier 1 leverage and total risk-based capital, respectively. Pro-forma regulatory capital ratios are significantly higher than the minimum ratios of 5 percent and 10 percent for Tier 1 leverage and total risk-based capital, respectively, generally required to be classified as a well-capitalized institution for regulatory purposes.

About Heritage Oaks Bancorp
With $1.1 billion in assets, Heritage Oaks Bancorp is the holding company for Heritage Oaks Bank which operates as Heritage Oaks Bank and Business First, a division of Heritage Oaks Bank. Heritage Oaks Bank has its headquarters and two branch offices in Paso Robles, Calif., two branch offices in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria, single branch offices in Cambria, Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Templeton, and Morro Bay, as well as loan production offices in Goleta and Ventura/Oxnard, all in California. Heritage Oaks Bank conducts commercial banking business in the counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura, Calif. The Business First division has one branch office in Santa Barbara. Visit Heritage Oaks Bancorp on the web at