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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)
March 23, 2017
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
17901 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 1200, Irvine, CA
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code
(949) 864-8000
Not Applicable
(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 (see General Instruction A.2. below):
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On March 23, 2017, Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. issued a press release announcing that it was named as a top performing community bank by S&P Global Market Intelligence based on its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2016. A copy of the press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
Information contained herein, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed filed for the purposes of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, nor shall such information and Exhibit be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.


(d) Exhibit

Press Release dated March 23, 2017.


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.

March 23, 2017
Steven R. Gardner
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Exhibit 99.1

Filed by Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc.
Pursuant to Rule 425 under the
Securities Act of 1933
Subject Company: Heritage Oaks Bancorp
SEC Registration Statement No.: 333-215620

This filing relates to a press release dated March 23, 2017 issued by Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. The following is a copy of the press release.

Pacific Premier Bancorp Ranked as a Top Performing Community Bank
by S&P Global Market Intelligence

Irvine, Calif., March 23, 2017 -- Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: PPBI), the holding company of Pacific Premier Bank, announced today that it was named as a top performing community bank by S&P Global Market Intelligence based on its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2016. Pacific Premier Bancorp was ranked as the fifth best performing community bank in the United States with total assets between $1 billion and $10 billion. This is the second consecutive year that Pacific Premier Bancorp has been ranked as one of the 10 best performing community banks in this size range.

S&P Global Market Intelligence’s rankings are based on six metrics: pretax return on average tangible common equity, net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans, efficiency ratio, adjusted Texas ratio, net interest margin on a fully taxable equivalent basis and loan growth. More than 540 companies were eligible for the S&P Global Market Intelligence rankings.

“Our ranking as one of the top performing community banks in the United States is a testament to our commitment to a strong sales, service and credit culture, as well as a high level of efficiency in our operations and capital utilization,” said Steven R. Gardner, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Premier Bancorp. “As we continue to build Pacific Premier into one of the leading commercial banks on the West Coast, we believe we can maintain our position as one of the highest performing banks in the country.”

About Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc.

Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Pacific Premier Bank, one of the largest banks headquartered in Southern California with $4.0 billion in assets. Pacific Premier Bank is a business bank primarily focused on serving small and middle market businesses in the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego, California. Pacific Premier Bank offers a diverse range of lending products including commercial, commercial real estate, construction, and SBA loans, as well as specialty banking products for homeowners associations and franchise lending nationwide. Pacific Premier Bank serves its customers through its 15 full-service depository branches in Southern California located in the cities of Corona, Encinitas, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Los Alamitos, Murrieta, Newport Beach, Palm Desert (2), Palm Springs, Redlands, Riverside, San Bernardino (2), and San Diego.

Forward-Looking Comments

The statements contained herein that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements based on management's current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the Company. Such statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond the control of the Company. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting the Company will be the same as those anticipated by management. The Company cautions readers that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: the strength of the United States

economy in general and the strength of the local economies in which we conduct operations; the effects of, and changes in, trade, monetary and fiscal policies and laws, including interest rate policies of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; inflation, interest rate, market and monetary fluctuations; the timely development of competitive new products and services and the acceptance of these products and services by new and existing customers; the willingness of users to substitute competitors’ products and services for the Company’s products and services; the impact of changes in financial services policies, laws and regulations (including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act) and of governmental efforts to restructure the U.S. financial regulatory system; technological changes; the effect of acquisitions that the Company may make, if any, including, without limitation, the failure to achieve the expected revenue growth and/or expense savings from its acquisitions; changes in the level of the Company’s nonperforming assets and charge-offs; any oversupply of inventory and deterioration in values of California real estate, both residential and commercial; the effect of changes in accounting policies and practices, as may be adopted from time-to-time by bank regulatory agencies, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the Financial Accounting Standards Board or other accounting standards setters; possible other-than-temporary impairment of securities held by us; changes in consumer spending, borrowing and savings habits; the effects of the Company’s lack of a diversified loan portfolio, including the risks of geographic and industry concentrations; ability to attract deposits and other sources of liquidity; changes in the financial performance and/or condition of our borrowers; changes in the competitive environment among financial and bank holding companies and other financial service providers; unanticipated regulatory or judicial proceedings; and the Company’s ability to manage the risks involved in the foregoing. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements are discussed in the 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K of Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. filed with the SEC and available at the SEC’s Internet site (

The Company specifically disclaims any obligation to update any factors or to publicly announce the result of revisions to any of the forward-looking statements included herein to reflect future events or developments.

Notice to Heritage Oaks Bancorp and Pacific Premier Shareholders

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. In connection with the proposed acquisition of Heritage Oaks by Pacific Premier. Pacific Premier filed a registration statement on Form S-4 (The "Registration Statement") with the SEC. The registration statement contains a joint proxy statement/prospectus. The Registration Statement was declared by the SEC to be effective on February 27, 2017, and a definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus was distributed to the shareholders of Heritage Oaks and the Pacific Premier in connection with the respective special meetings of Heritage Oaks and the Pacific Premier shareholders and their respective votes concerning the acquisition. SHAREHOLDERS OF HERITAGE OAKS AND PACIFIC PREMIER ARE ENCOURAGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND THE DEFINITIVE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS SUPPLEMENTS TO THOSE DOCUMENTS, BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED ACQUISITION. The definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus was mailed to shareholders of Pacific Premier and Heritage Oaks. Investors and security holders are able to obtain the documents, including the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus free of charge at the SEC’s website, In addition, documents filed with the SEC by Pacific Premier will be available free of charge by (1) accessing Pacific Premier’s website at under the “Investor Relations” link and then under the heading “SEC Filings,” (2) writing to Pacific Premier at 17901 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 1200, Irvine, CA 92614, Attention: Investor Relations or (3) writing Heritage Oaks at 1222 Vine Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446, Attention: Corporate Secretary.

The Pacific Premier directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees of Pacific Premier may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Pacific Premier shareholders in respect of the proposed acquisition. Pacific Premier has also engaged D.F. King & Co., Inc. as its proxy solicitation firm. Information about the Pacific Premier directors and executive officers is included in the proxy statement for its 2016 annual meeting, which was filed with the SEC on April 27, 2016. The Heritage Oaks directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees of Heritage Oaks may also be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in favor of the acquisition from the shareholders of Heritage Oaks. Heritage Oaks has also engaged Okapi Partners LLC as its proxy solicitation firm. Additional information regarding the interests of those

participants and other persons who may be deemed participants in the transaction may be obtained by reading the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed acquisition when it becomes available. Free copies of this document may be obtained as described in the preceding paragraph.



Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc.

Steven R. Gardner
Chairman, President and CEO

Ronald J. Nicolas, Jr.
Senior Executive Vice President & CFO

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