Northwest Bancorporation, Inc. Announces Shareholder and Fairness Hearing Results Related to Proposed Merger

SPOKANE, Wash., July 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northwest Bancorporation, Inc. (OTC Pink:NBCT) (the “Company”), the holding company of Inland Northwest Bank (“INB”), previously announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CenterPointe Community Bank (“CenterPointe”), which is headquartered in Hood River, Oregon.

Northwest Bancorporation, Inc. is pleased to announce that CenterPointe’s shareholders have voted to approve the companies’ Agreement and Plan of Merger (the "Plan of Merger") to merge CenterPointe with and into Inland Northwest Bank.

Also, Northwest Bancorporation, Inc. announced that the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services conducted a fairness hearing on July 5, 2017, and approved the Plan of Merger.

Subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, the merger is expected to be completed as of the close of business on Friday, July 14, 2017.

About Northwest Bancorporation, Inc.
Northwest Bancorporation, Inc. is the parent company of Inland Northwest Bank, a state-chartered community bank which currently operates eleven branches in Eastern Washington, one branch in Central Washington and three branches in Northern Idaho. INB specializes in meeting the financial needs of individuals and small to medium-sized businesses, including professional corporations and agriculture-related operations, by providing a full line of commercial, retail, agricultural, mortgage and private banking products and services. More information about INB can be found on its website at

About CenterPointe Community Bank
CenterPointe is a state-chartered community bank serving its communities through its three branch locations in the Columbia River Gorge region and one branch location in Lake Oswego, Oregon. More information about CenterPointe can be found at

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements that are not historical facts and that are intended to be “forward-looking statements” as that term is defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements about the Company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements contained in this release that are not historical facts and pertain to the Company’s future operating results. When used in this release, the words “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates” and similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in these forward-looking statements, because such statements are inherently subject to significant assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond the Company’s control. These include but are not limited to: the businesses of the Company and CenterPointe may not be combined successfully, or such combination may take longer, be more difficult, time-consuming or costly to accomplish than expected; the expected growth opportunities or cost savings from the merger may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; operating costs, customer losses and business disruption following the merger, including adverse effects on relationships with employees, may be greater than expected; governmental approvals of the merger may not be obtained, or adverse regulatory conditions may be imposed in connection with governmental approvals of the merger; the shareholders of CenterPointe may fail to approve the merger; the possibility of adverse economic developments that may, among other things, increase default and delinquency risks in the Company’s loan portfolios; shifts in interest rates; shifts in the rate of inflation; shifts in the demand for the Company’s loan and other products; unforeseen increases in costs and expenses; changes in accounting policies; changes in the monetary and fiscal policies of the federal government; and changes in laws, regulations and the competitive environment. Unless legally required, the Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For more information contact: Russell A. Lee, President and CEO Holly Poquette, Chief Financial Officer 509.456.8888

Source:Northwest Bancorporation, Inc.