SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of report: November 30, 2012
(Date of earliest event reported)
Sterling Financial Corporation
(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
(Registrant's Telephone Number, including Area Code)
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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Item 8.01 Other Events.
On November 30, 2012 Sterling Financial Corporation's principal operating subsidiary Sterling Savings Bank (“Sterling Bank”) completed the sale of its Montana operations to Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. (“Eagle”) and its wholly owned subsidiary American Federal Savings Bank.
Under the terms of the agreement, Eagle paid Sterling Bank a premium of approximately $7.0 million to acquire approximately $180.9 million of deposits and $41.3 million of performing loans and certain other assets and liabilities.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
STERLING FINANCIAL CORPORATION
Chief Financial Officer