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Cascade Bancorp And Home Federal Bancorp Agree To Join Forces


Oct 24 - Cascade Bancorp (Nasdaq: CACB), the holding company for Bank of the Cascades, and Home Federal Bancorp Inc. (Nasdaq: HOME), the holding company for Home Federal Bank, have announced the signing of a definitive agreement and plan of merger whereby Cascade and Home Federal will merge in a transaction valued at approximately $265.7 million, payable in a mix of cash and Cascade common stock to Home Federal's stockholders. The combined company will have approximately $2.4 billion in assets, serving communities across Oregon and Idaho.

The transaction is expected to create a premier Pacific Northwest bank with scale in high-growth markets while simultaneously unlocking earnings and efficiency improvements. A hallmark of the combination between Cascade and Home Federal is expected to be its strong core deposit base, which will likely rank among the top banks in the nation. Importantly, the Transaction provides the opportunity to right-size the branch distribution networks and infrastructure of the combined bank.

The boards of directors of Cascade and Home Federal unanimously approved the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, approval by the shareholders of Cascade and Home Federal, and other customary conditions of closing. The transaction provides for the payment to Home Federal shareholders and option holders of $120.8 million in cash (subject to adjustment based on closing capital and other adjustments described in the definitive merger agreement) and 24,309,066 shares of Cascade common stock, subject to adjustment described in the definitive merger agreement.

Based on the closing price of $5.96 for Cascade shares on Oct. 22, 2013, the transaction would have an aggregate value of $265.7 million. Cascade expects the transaction to be immediately accretive to its earnings per share, excluding one-time transaction expenses. On closing of the transaction, which is anticipated to take place in the first quarter of 2014, Home Federal will be merged into Cascade and Home Federal Bank will be merged into Bank of the Cascades. As of June 30, 2013, Home Federal had tangible common equity of $168.1 million.

Terry E. Zink, Cascade Bancorp president and CEO, commented "We are truly pleased to join forces with Home Federal and to provide an opportunity of unique and compelling value to both organizations. The combination of our two outstanding franchises will result in a strong balance sheet and capital base, attractive margins and good earnings potential. For our customers, we believe the banks are culturally compatible and the combined institution will deliver an expanded product offering and stronger lending capacity. For shareholders, we believe the increased scale of the combined company will position our bank to grow organically while also providing additional strength to pursue future acquisition opportunities. Finally, for our communities, we believe our combined organization will provide increased opportunity to deliver the advantages of community banking and to contribute to regional economic vitality."

Len E. Williams, Home Federal president and CEO, commented, "We are very excited about the transaction. Home Federal and Cascade have similar cultures, complementary geographies, and service strengths that make this transaction a natural fit. Cascade shares our commitment to customers and community, and this transaction is a terrific result for our shareholders. We see great opportunity in combining to create a bank with enormous potential for future success."

Cascade's management believes this transaction represents an opportunity to realize significant cost savings and, in doing so, allows Cascade to pursue efficiencies in infrastructure. The annualized combined synergies are estimated at 24 percent of the combined core non-interest expense. Deposit cost reductions and scale efficiencies are currently expected to create opportunity for the Transaction to result in favorable revenue synergies.

The transaction is intended to qualify as a tax-free reorganization for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

Cascade was advised in this Transaction by Macquarie Capital, as financial advisor, and Hunton & Williams LLP, as legal counsel. Home Federal was advised by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, as financial advisor, and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, as legal counsel.

About Cascade Bancorp
Cascade Bancorp (Nasdaq: CACB), headquartered in Bend, Ore., and its wholly owned subsidiary, Bank of the Cascades, operate in the Oregon and Idaho markets. Founded in 1977, Bank of the Cascades offers full-service community banking through 32 branches in Central, Southern and Northwest Oregon, as well as in the greater Boise/Treasure Valley, Idaho area. The Bank has a business strategy that focuses on delivering the best in community banking for the financial well-being of customers and shareholders. It executes its strategy through the consistent delivery of full relationship banking focused on attracting and retaining value-driven customers.

About Home Federal Bancorp
Home Federal Bancorp (Nasdaq: HOME) is headquartered in Nampa, Idaho, and is the bank holding company for Home Federal Bank, an Idaho state-chartered community bank organized in 1920. Today, with $1 billion in assets, the Home Federal serves Southwestern Idaho, Central and Western Oregon through 24 full service branches and three commercial loan production offices.