SOLVANG, Calif., Mar 31, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) —-Harrington West Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HWFG), the holding company for Los Padres Bank, FSB and its division Harrington Bank, announced today that it had sold 250,000 shares of common shares at $2 per share for $500,000 in proceeds in a private placement to an individual investor. HWFG continues to pursue other strategic initiatives to increase its capital levels and improve its financial performance.

Harrington West Financial Group, Inc. is a $1.2 billion, diversified, financial institution holding company for Los Padres Bank and its division Harrington Bank. HWFG operates 17 full service banking offices on the central coast of California, Scottsdale, Arizona, and the Kansas City metro. The Company also owns Harrington Wealth Management Company, a trust and investment management company with $150.4 million in assets under management or custody.

This Release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act. All of the statements contained in the Release, other than statements of historical fact, should be considered forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, those concerning (i) the Company’s strategies, objectives and plans for expansion of its operations, products and services, and growth of its portfolio of loans, investments and deposits, (ii) the Company’s beliefs and expectations regarding actions that may be taken by regulatory authorities having oversight of the operation, (iii) the Company’s beliefs as to the adequacy of its existing and anticipated allowances for loan and real estate losses, (iv) the Company’s beliefs and expectations concerning future operating results, (v) the Company’s beliefs and expectations regarding the future performance of the real estate or mortgage markets and its securities portfolio, and (vi) other factors referenced in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in those forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that those expectations will prove to have been correct. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof and are not intended to give any assurance as to future results. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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