West Coast Bancorp Schedules Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2012 Earnings Release for January 24, 2013

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., Jan. 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- West Coast Bancorp (Nasdaq:WCBO) today announced that fourth quarter and full-year 2012 results will be released on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at 5:00 a.m. PT (8:00 a.m. ET).

The earnings release can be accessed on the Company website at www.wcb.com, under "Investor Relations" section and the "Quarterly Conference Call" tab.

Due to the Company's previously announced agreement and plan of merger with Columbia Banking System, Inc., the Company will not hold a conference call in conjunction with releasing fourth quarter and full-year 2012 results.

West Coast Bancorp is a publicly held, Northwest bank holding company headquartered in Oregon with $2.5 billion in assets, and the parent company of West Coast Bank and West Coast Trust Company, Inc. West Coast Bank operates 58 branches in Oregon and Washington. The Company serves clients who seek the resources, sophisticated products and expertise of larger financial institutions, along with the local decision-making, market knowledge, and customer service orientation of a community bank. The Company offers a broad range of banking, investment, fiduciary and trust services. For more information, please visit the Company web site at www.wcb.com.

The West Coast Bancorp logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=13726

CONTACT: Robert D. Sznewajs
         President & CEO
         Anders Giltvedt
         Chief Financial Officer
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