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Quarterly Report

Item 2 - Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results
of Operations This report contains forward-looking statements. For a discussion about such statements, including the risks and uncertainties inherent therein, see "Forward-Looking Statements." Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes presented elsewhere in this report and in Intermountain's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012.

General (Overview & History)
Intermountain Community Bancorp ("Intermountain" or the "Company") is a bank holding company registered under the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended. The Company was formed as Panhandle Bancorp in October 1997 under the laws of the State of Idaho in connection with a holding company reorganization of Panhandle State Bank (the "Bank") that was approved by the stockholders on November 19, 1997 and became effective on January 27, 1998. In September 2000, Panhandle Bancorp changed its name to Intermountain Community Bancorp. Panhandle State Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, was first opened in 1981 to serve the local banking needs of Bonner County, Idaho. Panhandle State Bank is regulated by the Idaho Department of Finance, the State of Washington Department of Financial Institutions, the Oregon Division of Finance and Corporate Securities and by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC"), its primary federal regulator and the insurer of its deposits. Since opening in 1981, the Bank grew by opening additional branch offices throughout Idaho and has also expanded into the states of Oregon and Washington. Intermountain also operates Trust and Investment Services divisions, which provide investment, insurance, wealth management and trust services to its clients.
The national economic recession and soft local markets slowed the Company's growth during the past several years. In response, Company management shifted its priorities to improving asset quality, raising additional capital, maintaining a conservative balance sheet and improving the efficiency of its operations. After achieving its objectives in these areas and with stronger local economies, management is now exploring prudent growth opportunities in its market areas.
Intermountain offers banking and financial services that fit the needs of the communities it serves. Lending activities include consumer, commercial, commercial real estate, construction, mortgage and agricultural loans. A full range of deposit services are available including checking, savings and money market accounts as well as various types of certificates of deposit. Trust and wealth management services, investment and insurance services, business cash management and electronic banking solutions round out the Company's product offerings.

Business Strategy & Opportunities
Intermountain seeks to differentiate itself by attracting, retaining and motivating highly experienced employees who are local market leaders, and supporting them with advanced technology, training and compensation systems. This approach allows the Bank to provide local marketing and decision-making to respond quickly to customer opportunities and build leadership in its communities. Simultaneously, the Bank has focused on standardizing and centralizing administrative and operational functions to improve risk management, efficiency and the ability of the branches to serve customers effectively.

The Company's strengths include a strong, committed team of experienced banking officers, a loyal and low-cost deposit base, a sophisticated risk management system, and a strong operational and compliance infrastructure. In the current slow-growth

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environment, the Company is leveraging these strengths to seek prudent growth opportunities while continuing to improve operating efficiency. In particular, Company management is focused on the following:

Increasing and diversifying its loan origination activity by pursuing attractive small and mid-market commercial credits in its markets, originating commercial real estate loans to strong borrowers, originating mortgage loans to strong borrowers at conservative loan-to-values in rural and smaller suburban areas, expanding and diversifying its agricultural portfolio, and expanding its already strong government-guaranteed loan marketing efforts.

Maintaining a conservative balance sheet and effectively managing Company risk amidst a still uncertain economic and regulatory environment.

Increasing the efficiency of its operations by continuing to restructure processes, re-negotiate contracts and rationalize various business functions and units.

Increasing local, transactional deposit balances while continuing to minimize interest expense by increasing referral activity and targeting specific business and non-profit groups.

Offsetting regulatory pressures on current non-interest income streams by expanding its trust, investment and insurance sales, and pursuing opportunities to diversify into new fee-based programs serving both its existing clientele and new potential markets.

The Company successfully completed two capital raises in 2012, raising a net total of $50.3 million. The completion of these offerings allows the Company additional flexibility to pursue the above goals. In addition, management believes that disruption and consolidation in the market may lead to other opportunities as well, either through direct acquisition of other banks or by capitalizing on opportunities created by market disruption to attract strong new employees and customers.

Critical Accounting Policies
The accounting and reporting policies of Intermountain conform to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") and to general practices within the banking industry. The preparation of the financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and accompanying notes. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Intermountain's management has identified the accounting policies described below as those that, due to the judgments, estimates and assumptions inherent in those policies, are critical to an understanding of Intermountain's Consolidated Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
Investments. Assets in the investment portfolio are initially recorded at cost, which includes any premiums and discounts. Intermountain amortizes premiums and discounts as an adjustment to interest income using the interest yield method over the life of the security. The cost of investment securities sold, and any resulting gain or loss, is based on the specific identification method. Management determines the appropriate classification of investment securities at the time of purchase. Held-to-maturity securities are those securities that Intermountain has the intent and ability to hold to maturity, and are recorded at amortized cost. Available-for-sale securities are those securities that would be available to be sold in the future in response to liquidity needs, changes in market interest rates, and asset-liability management strategies, among others. Available-for-sale securities are reported at fair value, with unrealized holding gains and losses reported in stockholders' equity as a separate component of other comprehensive income, net of applicable deferred income taxes.
During the quarter ended June 30, 2013, the Company transferred $8.5 million in securities from its available-for-sale portfolio to its held-to-maturity portfolio, based on management's intent and ability to hold these securities to maturity. This transfer was recorded at fair market value and the unrealized loss at the date of transfer continues to be reported as accumulated other comprehensive income, net of applicable deferred income taxes, and will be amortized over the remaining life of the securities as an adjustment to yield. Upon transfer to the held-to-maturity category, premium and discount accounts were adjusted to reflect the fair market value of the security. The resulting premiums and discounts will also be amortized as an adjustment to yield. Management evaluates investment securities for other-than-temporary declines in fair value on a periodic basis. If the fair value of an investment security falls below its amortized cost and the decline is deemed to be other-than-temporary, the security's fair value will be analyzed based on market conditions and expected cash flows on the investment security. The unrealized loss is considered an other-than-temporary impairment. The Company then calculates a credit loss charge against earnings by subtracting the estimated present value of estimated future cash flows on the security from its amortized cost. The other-than-temporary impairment less the credit loss charge against earnings is a component of other comprehensive income.
Allowance For Loan Losses. In general, determining the amount of the allowance for loan losses requires significant judgment and the use of estimates by management. This analysis is designed to determine an appropriate level and allocation of the allowance

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for losses among loan types and loan classifications by considering factors affecting loan losses, including: specific losses; levels and trends in impaired and nonperforming loans; historical bank and industry loan loss experience; current national and local economic conditions; volume, growth and composition of the portfolio; regulatory guidance; and other relevant factors. Management monitors the loan portfolio to evaluate the adequacy of the allowance. The allowance can increase or decrease based upon the results of management's analysis.
The amount of the allowance for the various loan types represents management's estimate of probable incurred losses inherent in the existing loan portfolio based upon historical bank and industry loan loss experience for each loan type. The allowance for loan losses related to impaired loans is based on the fair value of the collateral for collateral dependent loans, and on the present value of expected cash flows for non-collateral dependent loans. For collateral dependent loans, this evaluation requires management to make estimates of the value of the collateral and any associated holding and selling costs, and for non-collateral dependent loans, estimates on the timing and risk associated with the receipt of contractual cash flows.
Management believes the allowance for loan losses was adequate at September 30, 2013. While management uses available information to provide for loan losses, the ultimate collectability of a substantial portion of the loan portfolio and the need for future additions to the allowance will be based on changes in economic conditions and other relevant factors. A slowdown in economic activity could adversely affect cash flows for both commercial and individual borrowers, as a result of which the Company could experience increases in nonperforming assets, delinquencies and losses on loans. The allowance requires considerable judgment on the part of management, and material changes in the allowance can have a significant impact on the Company's financial position and results of operations.
Fair Value Measurements. ASC 820 "Fair Value Measurements" establishes a standard framework for measuring fair value in GAAP, clarifies the definition of "fair value" within that framework, and expands disclosures about the use of fair value measurements. A number of valuation techniques are used to determine the fair value of assets and liabilities in Intermountain's financial statements. These include quoted market prices for securities, interest rate swap valuations based upon the modeling of termination values adjusted for credit spreads with counterparties, and appraisals of real estate from independent licensed appraisers, among other valuation techniques. Fair value measurements for assets and liabilities where there exists limited or no observable market data are based primarily upon estimates, and are often calculated based on the economic and competitive environment, the characteristics of the asset or liability and other factors. Therefore, the results cannot be determined with precision and may not be realized in an actual sale or immediate settlement of the asset or liability. Additionally, there are inherent weaknesses in any calculation technique, and changes in the underlying assumptions used, including discount rates and estimates of future cash flows, could significantly affect the results of current or future values. Significant changes in the aggregate fair value of assets and liabilities required to be measured at fair value or for impairment will be recognized in the income statement under the framework established by GAAP. If impairment is determined, it could limit the ability of Intermountain's banking subsidiaries to pay dividends or make other payments to the Holding Company. See Note 9 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for more information on fair value measurements.
Income Taxes. Income taxes are accounted for using the asset and liability method. Under this method a deferred tax asset or liability is determined based on the enacted tax rates which will be in effect when the differences between the financial statement carrying amounts and tax basis of existing assets and liabilities are expected to be reported in the Company's income tax returns. The effect on deferred taxes of a change in tax rates is recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment date. Valuation allowances are established to reduce the net carrying amount of deferred tax assets if it is determined to be more likely than not, that all or some portion of the potential deferred tax asset will not be realized. The Company uses an estimate of future earnings, an evaluation of its loss carryback ability and tax planning strategies to determine whether or not the benefit of its net deferred tax asset may be realized. The analysis used to determine whether a valuation allowance is required and if so, the amount of the allowance, is based on estimates of future taxable income and the effectiveness of future tax planning strategies. These estimates require significant management judgment about future economic conditions and Company performance.
Note 10, "New Accounting Pronouncements" in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, discusses new accounting pronouncements adopted by Intermountain and the expected impact of accounting pronouncements recently issued or proposed, but not yet required to be adopted.

Results of Operations
Overview. Intermountain recorded net income applicable to common stockholders of $4.0 million, or $0.62 per diluted share for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared with net income of $978,000, or $0.17 per diluted share for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. All earnings per share numbers reflect the impact of the 10-for-1 reverse stock split completed in October 2012. The improvement in net income for the period indicated over the comparable period last year resulted from decreases in the loan loss provision, interest expense and operating expense, and an increase in other income. These factors offset a decrease in interest income. For the quarter ended September 30, 2013, Intermountain recorded net income applicable to common stockholders of $1.5 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, compared with net income of $1.5 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, and $343,000, or $0.05 per diluted share for the quarters ended June 30, 2013 and September 30, 2012, respectively. Lower interest

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and operating expense and a modest recovery of loan loss provision expense in the third quarter of 2013 offset lower interest and other income to produce comparable results to the second quarter. Reductions in interest, operating and loan loss provision expenses also drove the improvement over the third quarter of last year.
The annualized return on average assets ("ROAA") was 0.77% for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, as compared to 0.34% in the same period last year, and the annualized return on average common tangible equity ("ROAE") was 6.12% in 2013 and 2.05% in 2012, respectively.
Net Interest Income. The most significant component of earnings for the Company is net interest income, which is the difference between interest income from the Company's loan and investment portfolios, and interest expense on deposits, repurchase agreements and other borrowings. During the nine months ended September 30, 2013 and September 30, 2012, net interest income was $22.3 million and $23.1 million, respectively. The decrease in net interest income from last year reflects lower interest income on both loans and investments resulting primarily from declines in rates earned on these assets. Very low market rates and intense competition for strong borrowers continue to pressure both the Company's and its competitors' loan yields. Investment portfolio yields are also down, reflecting the impacts of Federal Reserve purchases of mortgage-backed securities, strong general demand for fixed income securities, and rapid prepayment speeds on the Company's mortgage-backed securities. Lower investment income also reflects a reduction in overall investment balances as the Company has been cautious in reinvesting the proceeds from prepayments on mortgage backed securities given the challenging rate environment. Interest expense on deposits continued to decrease as deposit rates declined in response to lower market rates, and CD volumes continued to contract. The decrease in interest expense on other borrowings from the same nine-month period last year reflected both lower average borrowing volumes and lower rates paid.
Average interest-earning assets decreased by 1.7% to $851.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to $866.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. Average loans increased $10.4 million during this period, but were offset by a $24.8 million decrease in average investments and cash. Higher loan volumes reflect modestly stronger local market conditions and marketing efforts by Company lending staff.
Average interest-bearing liabilities decreased by $25.6 million, or 3.1%, for the nine month period ended September 30, 2013 compared to September 30, 2012. Average deposit balances decreased $10.4 million, or 1.5%, average Federal Home Loan Bank ("FHLB") advances decreased $24.1 million, or 83.2%, and average other borrowings increased $8.9 million, or 10.9%. The decrease in deposits primarily reflects payoffs of higher rate wholesale and retail CDs and the loss of savings balances associated with a terminated contract for secured credit cards. The decrease in FHLB advances reflects management's focus on lowering interest expense and reducing higher rate or non-relationship funding, while the increase in other borrowings resulted from stronger repurchase demand by the Company's municipal customers.
The net interest margin was 3.49% for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 as compared to 3.56% in the comparable period of 2012. Decreases in the average yields on both loans and investments more than offset lower deposit and borrowing costs.
The Company continues to operate in an unprecedented low rate environment, in which the Fed Funds target rate is less than 0.25% and the Federal Reserve continues to purchase mortgage assets to reduce longer rates. After increasing about 1% in the second quarter of 2013, yields on the 10-year US Treasury bond stabilized in the third quarter, as the Federal Reserve decided not to reduce its bond purchases amidst strong speculation that it would. Recent market rate movements had a negligible impact on the Company's earnings during the quarter, as the increase in longer yields from the prior quarter did not translate directly into higher yields on the Company's earning assets. The Company's short-term variable rate loans are tied primarily to the national prime rate or the overnight or one-month London Interbank Offering Rate (LIBOR), which did not move. In addition, excess industry liquidity and continuing strong competition for quality borrowers dampened any short-term impact higher long-term market rates had on the loan portfolio.
Higher market rates could improve yields and earnings in the Company's investment portfolio in future quarters by slowing prepayment speeds on mortgage-backed securities and increasing yields on new investments. However, this potential positive impact may be offset by the Company repositioning its investment portfolio to shorten duration and reduce price risk from the impact of further market rate increases on the value of the portfolio. Management continues to work diligently to redeploy cash assets into higher yielding loans and investments, and in particular is now focused on more rapid expansion of the loan portfolio to offset some of the pressure on yields. The Company also continues to focus on lowering its overall cost of funds, while maintaining transaction deposit balances from core relationship customers. The cost on interest-bearing liabilities dropped from 0.65% for the first nine months of 2012 to 0.47% for the same period in 2013. Management believes that some opportunities still remain to further lower funding costs. However, given the already low level of market rates and the Company's cost of funds, any future gains are likely to be less than those already experienced.
Provision for Losses on Loans & Credit Quality. Management's policy is to establish valuation allowances for estimated losses by charging corresponding provisions against income. This evaluation is based upon management's assessment of various

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factors including, but not limited to, current and anticipated future economic trends, historical loan losses, delinquencies, underlying collateral values, and current and potential risks identified in the portfolio.
The provision for losses on loans totaled $344,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared to a provision of $3.7 million for the comparable period last year. Lower provision costs reflect continued improvements in the quality of the Company's loan portfolio as reflected by the reduction in non-performing assets to 0.8% of assets as of September 30, 2013. For more information on provision and loan loss allowance activity for the periods indicated, see Note 4 to the Consolidated Financial Statements, "Loans and Allowance for Loan Losses."

Net chargeoffs dramatically declined to $258,000 in the first nine months of 2013, compared to $7.3 million in the first nine months of 2012. The Company has now experienced two straight quarters of net recoveries, leading it to recover $82,000 of previously recorded loan loss provision in the third quarter. In general, portfolio losses are no longer concentrated in any particular industry or loan type, as prior efforts to reduce exposure in construction, land development and commercial real estate loans have decreased the exposure in these segments considerably. The Company continues to resolve or liquidate its problem loans aggressively, particularly those with higher loss exposures, and now believes that the risk of future large losses is significantly reduced. The loan loss allowance to total loans ratio was 1.52% at September 30, 2013, compared to 1.79% at September 30, 2012 as the company charged off loans against the higher reserve previously established to absorb potential loss exposure in the portfolio. At the end of September 2013, the allowance for loan losses totaled 281.8% of non-performing loans compared to 161.3% at September 30, 2012. The increase in this coverage ratio despite a lower total dollar allowance for loan loss reflects the reduction of non-performing loans over the prior period.

Given current economic uncertainty, management continues to evaluate and adjust the loan loss allowance carefully and frequently to reflect the most current information available concerning the Company's markets and loan portfolio. In its evaluation, management considers current economic and borrower conditions in both the pool of loans subject to specific impairment, and the pool subject to a more generalized allowance based on historical and other factors. When a loan is characterized as impaired, the Company performs a specific evaluation of the loan, focusing on potential future cash flows likely to be generated by the loan, current collateral values underlying the loan, and other factors such as government guarantees or guarantor support that may impact repayment. Based on this evaluation, it sets aside a specific reserve for this loan and/or charges down the loan to its net realizable value (selling price less estimated closing costs) if it is unlikely that the Company will receive any cash flow beyond the amount obtained from liquidation of the collateral. If the loan continues to be impaired, management periodically re-evaluates the loan for additional potential impairment, and charges it down or adds to reserves if appropriate. On the pool of loans not subject to specific impairment, management evaluates regional, bank and loan-specific historical loss trends to develop its base reserve level on a loan-by-loan basis. It then modifies those reserves by considering the risk grade of the loan, current economic conditions, the recent trend of defaults, trends in collateral values, underwriting and other loan management considerations, and unique market-specific factors such as water shortages or other natural phenomena.

General trending information with respect to non-performing loans, non-performing assets, and other key portfolio metrics is as follows (dollars in thousands):

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                            Credit Quality Trending
                                             9/30/2013     6/30/2013      12/31/2012      9/30/2012
                                                             (Dollars in thousands)
Loans past due in excess of 90 days and
still accruing                              $      42     $        -     $         -     $       -
Non-accrual loans                               2,808          4,799           6,529         5,636
Total non-performing loans ("NPLs")         $   2,850     $    4,799     $     6,529     $   5,636
OREO                                            4,236          4,512           4,951         5,636
Total non-performing assets ("NPAs")        $   7,086     $    9,311     $    11,480     $  11,272
Classified loans (1)                        $  23,098     $   26,288     $    24,933     $  32,748
Troubled debt restructured loans (2)        $   9,212     $   11,791     $     6,719     $   2,873
Total allowance related to non-accrual
loans                                       $     561     $      121     $       536     $     401
Interest income recorded on non-accrual
loans (3)                                   $     144     $      119     $       424     $     195
Non-accrual loans as a percentage of net
loans receivable                                 0.54 %         0.92 %          1.25 %        1.12 %
Total non-performing loans as a % of net
loans receivable                                 0.55 %         0.92 %          1.25 %        1.12 %
Allowance for loan losses ("ALLL") as a
percentage of non-performing loans              281.8 %        167.6 %         121.7 %       161.3 %
Total NPAs as a % of total assets (4)            0.77 %         1.00 %          1.18 %        1.18 %
Total NPAs as a % of tangible capital +
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