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KBRA Affirms Pacific Premier Bank and Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. Credit Ratings of A- and BBB+ and Revises Outlook to Positive

June 27, 2024

IRVINE, Calif.— (BUSINESS WIRE)— Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: PPBI) (the “Company” or “Pacific Premier”) announced today that Kroll Bond Rating Agency, LLC (“KBRA”), a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, recently affirmed the Company’s senior unsecured debt rating of BBB+, the subordinated debt rating of BBB, and the short-term debt rating of K2.

KBRA also affirmed the deposit and senior unsecured debt ratings of A-, the subordinated debt rating of BBB+, and the short-term deposit and debt ratings of K2 for Pacific Premier Bank, the Company’s wholly-owned bank subsidiary. According to KBRA, the Outlook for all long-term ratings is revised to Positive from Stable.

Within the report, KBRA highlighted the Company’s proactive approach to balance sheet management, which has placed the Company in a position of comparative strength, with a strong, low-cost and durable deposit franchise, coupled with robust capital levels.

KBRA analysts noted: “PPBI employs an experienced leadership team with a proven track record of effectively managing growth, both organic and M&A, as demonstrated in the years preceding the pandemic. Earnings trends have been relatively stable, with an operating ROA at ~1% in recent quarters, tracking in line with rated peers.”

“Pacific Premier has delivered consistent performance for more than two decades through our proactive and disciplined approach to risk management,” commented Steve Gardner, Pacific Premier Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President. “KBRA’s recent report and revised Positive Outlook highlights our durable business model that has served our organization well throughout various economic cycles. As noted in KBRA’s report, we continue to maintain a strong funding profile and higher-than-peer capital levels.  We are well-prepared to meet our clients’ needs, and our team is focused on adding new client relationships to our franchise.”

The Kroll release, disclosures, and additional information on rating categories are on their website.

Note Regarding Ratings

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