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Redding Bank of Commerce Finalizes Acquisition of Five Branch Locations

REDDING, Calif., March 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bank of Commerce Holdings (NASDAQ:BOCH) (the “Company”), a $1 billion asset bank holding company and parent company of Redding Bank of Commerce (the “Bank”), today announced that the Bank completed its previously announced acquisition from Bank of America of five branches located in northern California. The Bank assumed approximately $149.0 million in deposits and purchased $129 thousand in loans and $1.8 million in fixed assets.

The acquired branches are located in Colusa, Corning, Orland, Willows, and Yreka and will be staffed by the same friendly teams that customers have come to know and trust. Prior to the completion of the acquisition, the Bank obtained all required legal and regulatory approvals. With this acquisition, the Bank now operates nine branches in northern California.

The Bank intends to utilize liquidity provided by the acquisition to redeem approximately $17.5 million of brokered time deposits and to repay a Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (“FHLB”) variable rate advance (the “Advance”) in the amount of $75.0 million. The Advance is currently hedged by an interest rate swap which will be cancelled concurrent with the Advance repayment, resulting in a pretax charge of approximately $2.3 million. These actions will lower future interest expense, thus improving the Bank’s future net interest margin and enhancing future earnings.

“We are very excited that this acquisition has been completed and that we can now move forward with providing our new customers with the high level of service they deserve. We are eager to play an active and supporting role in our new communities and welcome them into the Redding Bank of Commerce family. We have made significant strides in executing on our strategy to expand our footprint in northern California. We will use our new liquidity to reposition our funding mix and support loan growth,” stated Randall S. Eslick, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Conversion of the five branches occurred after close of business on Friday, March 11, 2016. The branches reopened as part of Redding Bank of Commerce on Monday, March 14, 2016.

About Bank of Commerce Holdings

Bank of Commerce Holdings is a bank holding company headquartered in Redding, California and is the parent company for Redding Bank of Commerce which operates under two separate names (Redding Bank of Commerce and Sacramento Bank of Commerce, a division of Redding Bank of Commerce). The Bank is an FDIC insured California banking corporation providing commercial banking and financial services through nine offices located in Northern California. The Bank opened on October 22, 1982. The Company’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market and trades under the symbol “BOCH.”

Forward-Looking Statements

Bank of Commerce Holdings wishes to take advantage of the Safe Harbor provisions included in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This news release includes statements by the Company, which describe management’s expectations and developments, which may not be based on historical facts and are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21B of the Securities Act of 1934, as amended. Future events are difficult to predict, and the expectations described above are necessarily subject to risk and uncertainty that may cause actual results to differ materially and adversely. In addition to discussions about risks and uncertainties set forth from time to time in the Company's public filings, factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by such forward looking statements include, among others, the following possibilities: (1) local, national and international economic conditions are less favorable than expected or have a more direct and pronounced effect on the Company than expected and adversely affect the Company's ability to continue its internal growth at historical rates and maintain the quality of its earning assets; (2) changes in interest rates reduce interest margins more than expected and negatively affect funding sources; (3) projected business increases following strategic expansion or opening or acquiring new banks and/or branches are lower than expected; (4) our concentration in real estate lending; (5) competitive pressure among financial institutions increases significantly; (6) legislation or regulatory requirements or changes adversely affect the businesses in which the Company is engaged; and (7) technological changes could expose us to new risks.

Investment firms making a market in BOCH stock are:

Raymond James Financial Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P.
John T. Cavender Brian Sullivan
555 Market Street 1251 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105 New York, NY 10022
(800) 346-5544 (212) 466-8022
McAdams Wright Ragen, Inc. Stifel Nicolaus
Joey Warmenhoven Perry Wright
1211 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 1400 1255 East Street, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97204 Redding, CA 96001
(866) 662-0351 (530) 244-7199

Contact Information: Randall S. Eslick, President and Chief Executive Officer Telephone Direct (530) 722-3900 Samuel D. Jimenez, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Telephone Direct (530) 722-3952 James A. Sundquist, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Telephone Direct (530) 722-3908 Andrea Schneck, Vice President and Senior Administrative Officer Telephone Direct (530) 722-3959

Source:Bank of Commerce Holdings