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Pacific Premier Bancorp Announces Receipt of Regulatory Approvals for Acquisition of Heritage Oaks Bancorp

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. (PPBI), the holding company of Pacific Premier Bank, announced today that it has received the required regulatory approvals from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the California Department of Business Oversight for its acquisition of Heritage Oaks Bancorp (HEOP) (“Heritage Oaks”), the holding company of Heritage Oaks Bank. The consummation of the acquisition of Heritage Oaks remains subject to the approval of the Heritage Oaks shareholders of the acquisition, the approval by the Pacific Premier shareholders of the issuance of the shares of Pacific Premier’s common stock in connection with the acquisition, and the satisfaction of other closing conditions. Pacific Premier expects that the Heritage Oaks acquisition will close late in the first quarter or early in the second quarter of 2017.

Steve R. Gardner, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Premier Bancorp, commented, “We are pleased to have received all of the required regulatory approvals for our acquisition of Heritage Oaks. We believe that the combination of Pacific Premier and Heritage Oaks will create one of the most attractive commercial banks in California with significant opportunities to enhance the banking experience for our customers and drive increased value for our shareholders.”

About Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc.

Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Pacific Premier Bank, one of the largest banks headquartered in Southern California with $4.0 billion in assets. Pacific Premier Bank is a business bank primarily focused on serving small and middle market businesses in the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego, California. Pacific Premier Bank offers a diverse range of lending products including commercial, commercial real estate, construction, and SBA loans, as well as specialty banking products for homeowners associations and franchise lending nationwide. Pacific Premier Bank serves its customers through its 15 full-service depository branches in Southern California located in the cities of Corona, Encinitas, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Los Alamitos, Murrieta, Newport Beach, Palm Desert (2), Palm Springs, Redlands, Riverside, San Bernardino (2), and San Diego.

Forward-Looking Comments

The statements contained herein that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements based on management’s current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the Company. Such statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond the control of the Company. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting the Company will be the same as those anticipated by management. The Company cautions readers that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: the strength of the United States economy in general and the strength of the local economies in which we conduct operations; the effects of, and changes in, trade, monetary and fiscal policies and laws, including interest rate policies of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; inflation, interest rate, market and monetary fluctuations; the timely development of competitive new products and services and the acceptance of these products and services by new and existing customers; the willingness of users to substitute competitors’ products and services for the Company’s products and services; the impact of changes in financial services policies, laws and regulations (including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act) and of governmental efforts to restructure the U.S. financial regulatory system; technological changes; the effect of acquisitions that the Company may make, if any, including, without limitation, the failure to achieve the expected revenue growth and/or expense savings from its acquisitions; changes in the level of the Company’s nonperforming assets and charge-offs; any oversupply of inventory and deterioration in values of California real estate, both residential and commercial; the effect of changes in accounting policies and practices, as may be adopted from time-to-time by bank regulatory agencies, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the Financial Accounting Standards Board or other accounting standards setters; possible other-than-temporary impairment of securities held by us; changes in consumer spending, borrowing and savings habits; the effects of the Company’s lack of a diversified loan portfolio, including the risks of geographic and industry concentrations; ability to attract deposits and other sources of liquidity; changes in the financial performance and/or condition of our borrowers; changes in the competitive environment among financial and bank holding companies and other financial service providers; unanticipated regulatory or judicial proceedings; and the Company’s ability to manage the risks involved in the foregoing. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements are discussed in the 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K of Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. filed with the SEC and available at the SEC’s Internet site (http://www.sec.gov).

The Company specifically disclaims any obligation to update any factors or to publicly announce the result of revisions to any of the forward-looking statements included herein to reflect future events or developments.

Notice to Heritage Oaks Bancorp and Pacific Premier Shareholders

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. In connection with the proposed acquisition of Heritage Oaks by Pacific Premier. Pacific Premier filed a registration statement on Form S-4 (The "Registration Statement") with the SEC. The registration statement contains a joint proxy statement/prospectus. The Registration Statement was declared by the SEC to be effective on February 27, 2017, and a definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus was distributed to the shareholders of Heritage Oaks and the Pacific Premier in connection with the respective special meetings of Heritage Oaks and the Pacific Premier shareholders and their respective votes concerning the acquisition.

SHAREHOLDERS OF HERITAGE OAKS AND PACIFIC PREMIER ARE ENCOURAGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND THE DEFINITIVE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS SUPPLEMENTS TO THOSE DOCUMENTS, BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED ACQUISITION. The definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus was mailed to shareholders of Pacific Premier and Heritage Oaks. Investors and security holders are able to obtain the documents, including the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus free of charge at the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov. In addition, documents filed with the SEC by Pacific Premier will be available free of charge by (1) accessing Pacific Premier’s website at www.ppbi.com under the “Investor Relations” link and then under the heading “SEC Filings,” (2) writing to Pacific Premier at 17901 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 1200, Irvine, CA 92614, Attention: Investor Relations or (3) writing Heritage Oaks at 1222 Vine Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446, Attention: Corporate Secretary.

The Pacific Premier directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees of Pacific Premier may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Pacific Premier shareholders in respect of the proposed acquisition. Pacific Premier has also engaged D.F. King & Co., Inc. as its proxy solicitation firm. Information about the Pacific Premier directors and executive officers is included in the proxy statement for its 2016 annual meeting, which was filed with the SEC on April 27, 2016. The Heritage Oaks directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees of Heritage Oaks may also be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in favor of the acquisition from the shareholders of Heritage Oaks. Heritage Oaks has also engaged Okapi Partners LLC as its proxy solicitation firm. Additional information regarding the interests of those participants and other persons who may be deemed participants in the transaction may be obtained by reading the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed acquisition when it becomes available. Free copies of this document may be obtained as described in the preceding paragraph.

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