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Banner Corporation to Ring the Nasdaq Stock Market Opening Bell to Celebrate its 20th Year Listed on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange

WALLA WALLA, Wash., Oct. 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Banner Corporation (Nasdaq:BANR), the parent company of Banner Bank and Islanders Bank, today announced that on Monday, November 2nd it will be featured on the Nasdaq Tower in Times Square in celebration of the company's 20th year listing anniversary. Mark Grescovich, President and Chief Executive Officer, together with members of the executive management team and board of directors, will ring the Nasdaq Opening Bell.

The ceremony will take place at 9:15 a.m. ET. A webcast of the Nasdaq Opening Bell will be available at:
https://new.livestream.com/nasdaq/live or http://www.nasdaq.com/about/marketsitetowervideo.asx.

At its initial public offering on November 2, 1995, the company operated 15 branches in Washington and had assets of $497 million as of September 30, 1995. Today, Banner Corporation remains an independent financial institution headquartered in Walla Walla, WA. Banner Corporation is currently a $9.9 billion bank holding company operating two commercial banks in five Western states through a network of 203 branches offering a full range of deposit services and business, commercial real estate, construction, residential, agricultural and consumer loans. Shares of Banner Corporation are traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the ticker symbol "BANR." Visit Banner Bank on the Web at www.bannerbank.com.

About Nasdaq:

Nasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ) is a leading provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services across six continents. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today's global capital markets. As the creator of the world's first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 70 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to more than 3,600 listed companies with a market value of approximately $8.8 trillion and more than 10,000 corporate clients. To learn more, visit: nasdaq.com/ambition or business.nasdaq.com.

CONTACT: MARK J. GRESCOVICH, PRESIDENT & CEO LLOYD W. BAKER, CFO (509) 527-3636

Source:Banner Corporation