Melanie Dressel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Banking System and Columbia Bank said today upon the release of Columbia's second quarter 2014 earnings, “We had a very solid quarter driven by record loan production that resulted in over 14% annualized noncovered loan growth for the period. Our reported earnings per share of $0.40 was negatively impacted by $0.02 due to the combination of acquisition related expense and the impact of our FDIC acquired loan accounting.” Ms. Dressel continued, “The second quarter marked the one year anniversary of the closing of our acquisition of West Coast Bancorp, and we have achieved the anticipated cost saves and expected earnings accretion.”
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