Square 1 Financial, Inc. Announces Closing of Its Over-Allotment Option

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DURHAM, N.C., April 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Square 1 Financial, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:SQBK) today announced that the underwriters exercised in full the underwriters' purchase option granted in connection with the initial public offering, at the initial public offering price of $18.00. Of the 867,167 shares subject to the underwriters' option, 468,750 shares were purchased from the Company and 398,417 shares were purchased from the selling shareholders.

Sandler O'Neill & Partners, L.P. acted as lead book-running manager, and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, a Stifel Company, acted as joint book-running manager.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

A copy of the prospectus relating to the proposed initial public offering may be obtained from:

Sandler O'Neill + Partners, L.P.
Prospectus Department
1251 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor,
New York, New York 10020
Phone: 1-866-805-4128
Email: syndicate@sandleroneill.com

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.
Attn: Capital Markets
787 Seventh Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 1-800-966-1559

About Square 1

Square 1 Financial, Inc. is the holding company for Square 1 Bank, a full service commercial bank dedicated exclusively to serving the financial needs of the venture capital community and entrepreneurs in all stages of growth and expansion. Square 1's expertise and focus provide flexible resources, tailored solutions and high-touch support to meet our clients' needs. Square 1 Bank provides loans, deposits, treasury management services and investment advisory services. The Square 1 team consists of 240 employees in 11 offices located in key innovation markets across the country.

CONTACT: Square 1 Financial Dee McDougal 919.597.7479, dmcdougal@square1bank.com

Source: Square 1 Bank