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Preferred Bank Announces Completion of $62.5 Million Private Placement of Subordinated Notes

LOS ANGELES, June 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Preferred Bank (NASDAQ:PFBC), an independent commercial bank, today announced the completion of a private placement of $62.5 million in principal amount of fixed-to-floating rate subordinated notes to certain qualified investors. The proceeds from the placement of the notes will be used for general corporate purposes, capital management and to support future growth.

Terms of the Subordinated Notes
The subordinated notes have a maturity date of June 15, 2026 and bear interest, payable semi-annually, at the rate of 6.0% per annum until June 15, 2021. On that date, the interest rate will be adjusted to float at a rate equal to the three-month LIBOR rate plus 467.3 basis points (4.673%) until maturity. The notes include a right of prepayment, on or after June 15, 2021 and, in certain limited circumstances, before that date. The indebtedness evidenced by the subordinated notes, including principal and interest, is unsecured and subordinate and junior in right to payment to general and secured creditors and depositors of Preferred Bank. The subordinated notes have been structured to qualify as Tier 2 capital for regulatory purposes.

Sandler O’Neill + Partners, LP acted as placement agent for the private placement of the subordinated notes. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP acted as issuer’s counsel and King, Holmes, Paterno and Soriano, LLP acted as placement agent’s counsel.

About Preferred Bank

Preferred Bank is one of the larger independent commercial banks in California. The bank is chartered by the State of California, and its deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or FDIC, to the maximum extent permitted by law. Preferred Bank conducts its banking business from its main office in Los Angeles, California, and through eleven full-service branch banking offices in the California cities of Alhambra, Century City, City of Industry, Torrance, Arcadia, Irvine, Diamond Bar, Anaheim, Pico Rivera, Tarzana and San Francisco, and one office in Flushing, New York. Preferred Bank offers a broad range of deposit and loan products and services to both commercial and consumer customers. The bank provides personalized deposit services as well as real estate finance, commercial loans and trade finance to small- and mid-sized businesses, entrepreneurs, real estate developers, professionals and high net worth individuals. Although originally founded as a Chinese-American Bank, Preferred Bank now derives most of its customers from the diversified mainstream market but continues to benefit from the significant migration to California of ethnic Chinese from China and other areas of East Asia.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the Bank’s future financial and operating results, the Bank's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the Bank’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: changes in economic conditions; changes in the California real estate market; the loss of senior management and other employees; natural disasters or recurring energy shortage; changes in interest rates; competition from other financial services companies; ineffective underwriting practices; inadequate allowance for loan and lease losses to cover actual losses; risks inherent in construction lending; adverse economic conditions in Asia; downturn in international trade; inability to attract deposits; inability to raise additional capital when needed or on favorable terms; inability to manage growth; inadequate communications, information, operating and financial control systems, technology from third party service providers; the U.S. government’s monetary policies; government regulation; environmental liability with respect to properties to which the Bank takes title; and terrorism. Additional factors that could cause the Bank's results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in the Bank’s 2015 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation which can be found on Preferred Bank’s website. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of the press release, and the Bank assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. For additional information about Preferred Bank, please visit the Bank’s website at www.preferredbank.com.

AT THE COMPANY: Edward J. Czajka Executive Vice President Chief Financial Officer (213) 891-1188 AT FINANCIAL PROFILES: Kristen Papke General Information (310) 663-8007 kpapke@finprofiles.com

Source:Preferred Bank