Analyst Research on Zions Bancorp and East West Bancorp Inc. - Pacific Banks Enjoying the Improving Credit Environment

April 25, 2012

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire -04/25/12)- www.stockcall.com/ offers investors comprehensive research on the Regional - Pacific Banks industry and has completed analytical research on Zions Bancorp (ZION - News) and East West Bancorp Inc. (EWBC - News). Register with us today at www.stockcall.com/ to have free access to these researches.

Pacific banks appear to be feeling the effects of the improving economy. Although the low-interest-rate environment remains a challenge for the industry, credit quality has been regaining strength over the past couple of years, reducing credit costs. Register now at https://stockcall.com/development/stockcall/page.php?name=register.html to have free access to our reports on the Regional - Pacific Banks industry.

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In its recent first quarter earnings report, East West Bancorp Inc. saw a 70 percent year-over-year improvement in net charge-off as well as a reduction in nonperforming assets. East West's net income of $68.1 million for the quarter was 21 percent higher than a year ago, in part driven by solid loan and deposit growth strengthening margins. Investors looking for complimentary research on East West Bancorp Inc. are welcome to sign up at www.stockcall.com/EWBC250412.pdf for our new report.

Since the generally positive stress test results, industry players have been focused on improving shareholder value and repaying bailout money. In the first quarter, East West Board of Directors okayed a dividend increase to $0.40 per year as well as a stock repurchase plan worth $200 million. Visit www.stockcall.com/ to see how companies in this industry have grown over the past years and how they are expected to perform in the future.

Meanwhile, Zions Bancorp has redeemed $700 million of its Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock Series D, the equivalent of repaying 50 percent of its total dues. Zions released their earnings on April 23rd with higher profits. The earnings release also brought news that the company intends to settle its TARP debts in the second part of 2012. Investors looking for free research on Zions Bancorp are welcome to sign up at www.stockcall.com/ZION250412.pdf for our new report.

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