Columbia Banking to buy West Coast Bancorp for $506 million

Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:20am EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Columbia Banking System Inc (COLB.O: Quote) said it agreed to buy West Coast Bancorp WCBO.O in a deal valued at about $506 million, expanding its footprint in Washington and Oregon.

Columbia Banking said it would pay for the deal with $264.5 million in cash and 12.8 million shares.

West Coast shareholders can choose to receive payment in common stock, cash or a combination of the two.

Columbia said West Coast shareholders would receive about $23.10 per share, a 14 percent premium to the stock's Tuesday close.

Columbia's shares closed at $18.85 on the Nasdaq on Tuesday. West Coast's stock closed at $20.18.

(Reporting by Jochelle Mendonca in Bangalore; Editing by Roshni Menon)