Umpqua Bank parent buys Washington firm

Umpqua Bank parent buys Washington firm

Umpqua Holdings agreed to pay $158 million for the parent of Financial Pacific Leasing, a Washington company that leases equipment to small businesses.

FinPac had assets of $279 million, and the bank expects the acquisition to add to per-share operating earnings by 14 percent within a year. It should also add about one-third of one percentage point to Umpqua's net interest margin, the bank said, which had been shrinking along with the rest of the industry.

In a statement, Umpqua CEO Ray Davis called the purchase was "a disciplined acquisition" that took advantage of the bank's excess capital and should boost profits. He said the bank would continue looking for other acquisitions.


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