Washington Federal, Inc. (“Company” or “Washington Federal”) is a bank holding company headquartered in Seattle, Washington that conducts its operations through a federally-insured national bank subsidiary. Its subsidiary is Washington Federal Bank, National Association dba WaFd Bank (“WaFd Bank” or “Bank”), which operates in over 200 offices in eight western states. The Company had its origin on April 24, 1917, as Ballard Savings and Loan Association. In 1935, the state chartered Company converted to a federal charter, became a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank system and obtained federal deposit insurance.
In 1958, Ballard Federal Savings and Loan Association merged with WaFd Bank Savings and Loan Association of Bothell, and the latter name was retained for wider geographical acceptance. In 1971, Seattle Federal Savings and Loan Association, with three offices, merged into the Company, and at the end of 1978 was joined by the 10 offices of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Mount Vernon.
On November 9, 1982, the Company converted from a federal mutual to a federal stock association. In 1987 and 1988, acquisitions of United First Federal, Provident Federal Savings and Loan, and Northwest Federal Savings and Loan, all headquartered in Boise, Idaho, added 28 Idaho offices to the Company. In 1988, the acquisition of Freedom Federal Savings and Loan Association in Corvallis, Oregon, added 13 Oregon offices, followed in 1990 by the eight Oregon offices of Family Federal Savings. In 1991, the Company added three branches with the acquisition of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and acquired the deposits of First Western Savings Association of Las Vegas, Nevada, in Portland and Eugene, Oregon, where it was doing business as Metropolitan Savings Association. In 1993, 10 branches were added with the acquisition of First Federal Savings Bank of Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1994, the Company expanded into Arizona.
In 1995, the stockholders approved a reorganization whereby the Bank became a wholly owned subsidiary of a newly formed holding company, WaFd Bank, Inc. That same year, the Bank purchased West Coast Mutual Savings Bank with its one branch in Centralia, Washington, and opened six additional branches. In 1996, the Bank acquired Metropolitan Bancorp of Seattle, adding eight offices in Washington as well as opening four branches in existing markets. Between 1997 and 1999, the Bank continued to develop its branch network, opening a total of seven branches and consolidating three offices into existing locations. In 2000, the Bank expanded into Las Vegas, opening its first branch in Nevada along with two branches in Arizona. In 2001, the Bank opened two additional branches in Arizona and its first branch in Texas, with an office in the Park Cities area of Dallas. In 2002, five branches were opened in existing markets. In 2003, the Bank purchased United Savings and Loan Bank with its four branches in Seattle, added one new branch in Puyallup, Washington, and consolidated one branch in Nampa, Idaho. In 2005, the Bank consolidated two branches in Mount Vernon, Washington, into one and opened branches in Plano, Texas, and West Bend, Oregon. In 2006, the Bank opened locations in Klamath Falls and Medford, Oregon, and Richardson, Texas and added another location in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Bank acquired First Federal Banc of the Southwest, Inc., the holding company for First Federal Bank located in Roswell, New Mexico, on February 13, 2007. First Federal Bank had 13 branch locations, 11 in New Mexico and two in El Paso, Texas. The Bank acquired First Mutual Bancshares, Inc., the holding company for First Mutual Bank, on February 1, 2008. First Mutual Bank had 12 branches primarily located on the eastside of the Seattle area. On January 8, 2010, the Bank acquired certain assets and liabilities, including most of the loans and deposits, of Horizon Bank, headquartered in Bellingham, Washington, from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”), as receiver for Horizon Bank. Horizon Bank operated 18 full-service offices, four commercial loan centers and four real estate loan centers in Washington. Through consolidation with existing Bank branches, there was a net increase of 10 branches as a result of the Horizon Bank acquisition. On October 14, 2011, the Bank acquired six branch locations, four in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and two in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from Charter Bank. On December 16, 2011, the Bank acquired one branch, along with certain assets and liabilities, including most of the loans and deposits, of Western National Bank, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona from the FDIC in an FDIC-assisted transaction.
On October 31, 2012, the Bank acquired South Valley Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for South Valley Bank & Trust (“SVBT”) headquartered in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The 24 SVBT branches acquired in the transaction are located in central and southern Oregon. During the fiscal year 2014, the Bank acquired 74 branches from Bank of America, National Association. This included: effective as of the close of business on October 31, 2013, 11 branches located in New Mexico; effective as of the close of business on December 6, 2013, 40 branches located in Eastern Washington, Oregon, and Idaho; and effective as of the close of business on May 2, 2014, 23 branches located in Arizona and Nevada. During 2014, the Bank closed seven branches and opened offices in Hobbs, New Mexico and Dallas, Texas.
WaFd Bank obtains its funds primarily through deposits from the general public, repayments of loans, borrowings and retained earnings. These funds are used largely to make loans to individuals and businesses, including loans for the purchase of new and existing homes, construction and land loans, commercial real estate loans, and commercial and industrial loans.