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1st Security Bank Announces Completion of Branch Acquisition

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash., Jan. 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FS Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSBW), the holding company for 1st Security Bank of Washington (“1st Security Bank”), announced today that 1st Security Bank has completed the previously announced purchase of four branches of Bank of America.  The four branch locations are located in the communities of Port Angeles (8th Street), Sequim, Port Townsend and Hadlock, Washington.  In connection with the purchase, 1st Security Bank acquired approximately $189 million in deposits and less than $500,000 in loans.

“We are pleased to welcome our new customers and employees to 1st Security Bank,” said Joe Adams, Chief Executive Officer of FS Bancorp, Inc. and 1st Security Bank. “The completion of this transaction serves to expand our Puget Sound-focused retail footprint onto the Olympic Peninsula and gives us a great opportunity to extend our unique brand of community banking into those communities.”

About FS Bancorp

FS Bancorp, Inc., a Washington corporation, is the holding company for 1st Security Bank of Washington.  The Bank provides loan and deposit services to customers who are predominantly small and middle-market businesses and individuals in western Washington through its seven branches in communities in the greater Puget Sound area.  The Bank services home mortgage customers throughout Washington State with an emphasis in the Puget Sound and Tri-Cities markets.  1st Security Bank received an “outstanding” rating on its last Community Reinvestment Act examination.  The Bank was also rated the #1 Bank based in Washington by Banker’s Caddy, an independent bank rating firm, as reported in the Puget Sound Business Journal on March 11, 2015. Most recently 1st Security Bank was named a Bronze Medal winner (3rd place) in its class in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2015 Washington’s Best Workplaces contest.

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Contact:   Joseph C. Adams,
Chief Executive Officer
Matthew D. Mullet, 
Chief Financial Officer
(425) 771-5299