SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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): April 4, 2012
Washington Federal, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
425 Pike Street, Seattle, Washington 98101
(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (206) 624-7930
(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 April 4, 2012, Washington Federal, Inc. (the "Company") announced by press release the signing of a definitive merger agreement with South Valley Bancorp, Inc. ("South Valley") headquarted in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The merger agreement calls for the merger of South Valley with and into the Company, followed by the merger of South Valley's wholly owned subsidiary, South Valley Bank & Trust, into the Company's wholly owned subsidiary, Washington Federal. A copy of the Company's press release is attached to this filing as Exhibit 99.1.
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(a) Not applicable.
(b) Not applicable
(c) Not applicable
99.1 Press release dated April 4, 2012.
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 thereunto duly authorized.
Date: April 9, 2012
WASHINGTON FEDERAL, INC.
/s/ BRENT J. BEARDALL
Brent J. Beardall
Executive Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer