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29th Consecutive 5-Star Rating for PSB

2017 December 1 by

Highest Rating (“Superior”)

December 1, 2017 – For the 29th consecutive quarter BauerFinancial, an independent research firm that analyzes and reports on banks and credit unions, has rated Puget Sound Bank “superior” (5 stars). The rating system ranges from zero to five stars. Some of the criteria rated (but not limited to) include: capital level, asset quality, profitability, loan delinquencies, reserves and regulatory compliance.

BauerFinancial has been analyzing and reporting on the nation’s banks since 1983. This 5-start rating indicates that Puget Sound Bank is one of the strongest banks in the nation.

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Puget Sound Bancorp Reports Third Quarter Results

2017 October 18 by

Record Profits Before One-Time Transaction Costs
Zero Nonperforming Assets

BELLEVUE, Wash., October 18, 2017 – Puget Sound Bancorp (OTCQB: PUGB), the holding company for Puget Sound Bank, announced record net income for the quarter ending September 30, 2017 of $1.4 million or $0.42 per share before one-time extraordinary costs of $441,000 related to the acquisition by Heritage Financial Corporation (“Heritage”) (NASDAQ: HFWA) reported in July 2017. With the costs, net income for the quarter was $1.1 million or $0.33 per share. This compares to $724,712 or $0.21 per share for the year-earlier quarter which included a one-time $700,000 charge-off.

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Puget Sound Bank Partners with Bankers Care

2017 September 29 by

Program to Help State’s Hungry

September 29, 2016 – Just as Puget Sound Bank has done for the last four years, we joined the Washington Bankers Association at Westlake Center in Seattle for the closing event of Bankers Care 2017 to benefit Northwest Harvest.

Puget Sound Bank joined community banks across the state to fight hunger in Washington. Pictured left to right: Megan Managan of Washington Bankers Association, Brad Ogura and Kim Carhee of Puget Sound Bank, and Glen Simecek of WBA.

Puget Sound Bank has been pleased to participate in this event since its inception in 2013.

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Puget Sound Bank Rated 5 Stars By BauerFinancial

2017 September 11 by

Highest Rating (“Superior”)

September 11, 2017 – For the 28th consecutive quarter BauerFinancial, an independent research firm that analyzes and reports on banks and credit unions, has rated Puget Sound Bank “superior” (5 stars). The rating system ranges from zero to five stars. Some of the criteria rated (but not limited to) include: capital level, asset quality, profitability, loan delinquencies, reserves and regulatory compliance.

BauerFinancial has been analyzing and reporting on the nation’s banks since 1983. This 5-start rating indicates that Puget Sound Bank is one of the strongest banks in the nation.

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Equifax Data Breach: Steps to Protect Yourself

2017 September 8 by

September 8, 2017 — As you may have seen, Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies, experienced a data breach that affects 143 million American consumers. What can consumers to to protect themselves? Click on the link below for more information from the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency that works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace.

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Equifax Data Breach: Steps to Protect Yourself

2017 September 8 by

September 8, 2017 — As you may have seen, Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies, experienced a data breach that affects 143 million American consumers. What can consumers to to protect themselves? Here is information from the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency that works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace.

The Equifax Data Breach: What to Do

by Seena Gressin, Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC
If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the 143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies.

Here are the facts, according to Equifax. The breach lasted from mid-May through July. The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. They also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people. And they grabbed personal information of people in the UK and Canada too.

There are steps to take to help protect your information from being misused. Visit Equifax’s website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.

Find out if your information was exposed. Click on the “Potential Impact” tab and enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number. Your Social Security number is sensitive information, so make sure you’re on a secure computer and an encrypted network connection any time you enter it. The site will tell you if you’ve been affected by this breach.
Whether or not your information was exposed, U.S. consumers can get a year of free credit monitoring and other services. The site will give you a date when you can come back to enroll. Write down the date and come back to the site and click “Enroll” on that date. You have until November 21, 2017 to enroll.

You also can access frequently asked questions at the site. Here are some other steps to take to help protect yourself after a data breach:

Check your credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — for free — by visiting annualcreditreport.com. Accounts or activity that you don’t recognize could indicate identity theft. Visit IdentityTheft.gov to find out what to do.

Consider placing a credit freeze on your files. A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name. Keep in mind that a credit freeze won’t prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts.

Monitor your existing credit card and bank accounts closely for charges you don’t recognize.
If you decide against a credit freeze, consider placing a fraud alert on your files. A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and that they should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name really is you.

File your taxes early — as soon as you have the tax information you need, before a scammer can. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Respond right away to letters from the IRS.

Visit Identitytheft.gov/databreach to learn more about protecting yourself after a data breach.

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Heritage Financial Corporation to Acquire Puget Sound Bancorp, Inc.

2017 July 26 by

Heritage Expands its Business Banking
Franchise in Seattle-Bellevue Metropolitan Area

July 26, 2017 — Heritage Financial Corporation (“Heritage”) (NASDAQ: HFWA) and Puget Sound Bancorp, Inc. (“Puget Sound”) (OTCQB: PUGB) jointly announced today the signing of a definitive agreement under which Heritage will acquire Puget Sound in an all stock transaction valued at approximately $126.1 million, or $35.84 per share, based on the closing price of Heritage common stock of $27.15 on July 26, 2017.

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Puget Sound Bancorp Reports 18% Net Income Growth

2017 July 26 by

Zero Nonperforming Assets at Quarter-End

July 26, 2017 – Puget Sound Bancorp (OTCQB: PUGB), the holding company for Puget Sound Bank, today reported net income of $1.3 million or $0.37 per share for the quarter ending June 30, 2017, as compared to $1.1 million or $0.32 per share for the year earlier period.

“This double-digit (18%) earnings growth results from our strong and disciplined balance sheet growth, an improving interest-rate environment, and fees from increasing loan commitments,” said Jim Mitchell, Puget Sound Bank chief executive officer, “We are pleased to deliver this bottom-line growth as we continually invest to improve the customer experience at Puget Sound Bank.”

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5-Star BauerFinancial Recognition

2017 June 20 by


June 20, 2017 — Puget Sound Bank earned a five-star “superior” rating from BauerFinancial, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating firm, for the 27th consecutive quarter.

Star ratings are released quarterly and assigned on a scale of zero-to-five stars, with five being the strongest. Ratings are based on the overall financial picture of the financial institution.

BauerFinancial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. The ratings are independent, meaning no institution is able to pay to be rated or excluded.

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PSB Named a Top Corporate Philanthropist by PSBJ

2017 May 17 by

May 17, 2017 — Puget Sound Bank has been recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of Washington state’s top corporate philanthropists. The Corporate Citizenship and Healthy Community Champion Awards luncheon held today at the Seattle Sheraton honored corporate philanthropists and companies who have made significant contributions in Washington.

Puget Sound Bank placed on the Journal’s “Corporate Philanthropists – Small” category (revenue of $20 million or less) at position 7, up from position 10 last year. For the past nine years the Puget Sound Business Journal has compiled information for corporate giving in Washington state. Puget Sound Bank has placed on the list in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

In 2016 we have been active supporting a variety of organizations, including Victim Support Services, King County Police Union, Nellie Goodhue Group Homes, Summit Assistance Dogs, Bellevue LifeSpring, Elizabeth Gregory Home, Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue, St. Vincent dePaul School, Invest in Youth, Crush Kid’s Cancer, Washington Women in Need, and Bellevue College Foundation.

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