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 (Date of earliest event reported): December 12, 2012
STERLING FINANCIAL CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
111 North Wall Street, Spokane, Washington 99201
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
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INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN THE REPORT
Item 8.01 Other Events
On December 12, 2012, Sterling announced that its Board of Directors (“Board”) authorized the payment of a special cash dividend of $0.35 per common share, payable on December 28, 2012 to shareholders of record as of December 21, 2012. In addition, Sterling announced that its Board authorized the acceleration of the record and payable date for the regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per common share that would have otherwise occurred during the first quarter of 2013. The regular dividend is payable on December 28, 2012 to shareholders of record as of December 21, 2012. The press release for these announcements is included as Exhibit 99.1 of this Report.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) The following exhibit is being furnished herewith:
Exhibit No. Exhibit Description
99.1 Press release text of Sterling Financial Corporation dated December 12, 2012.
S I G N A T U R E
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 thereunto duly authorized.