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First Financial Northwest, Inc. Reports Financial Results For The Third Quarter Of 2012

RENTON, Wash., Oct. 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Financial Northwest, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:FFNW), the holding company for First Savings Bank Northwest (the "Bank"), today reported a net loss for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 of $791,000, or $0.04 per diluted share, a decrease of $2.2 million from the quarter ended June 30, 2012 and $1.4 million from the comparable quarter in 2011. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, net income was $1.2 million or $0.07 per diluted share, as compared to $3.3 million, or $0.19 per diluted share for the comparable period in 2011.

"We continue to work toward consistent profitability, quarter over quarter. Unfortunately, this quarter we experienced two events that prevented us from meeting our goal. The first was the continued high cost of our proxy contest litigation, which totaled $264,000 this quarter and $868,000 year-to-date. In addition, while we believe that the economy in our market area is continuing to recover, our OREO properties decreased $1.2 million in market value during the quarter because several of these properties declined in value. These two events reduced an otherwise profitable quarter with earnings of $630,000 to a loss of $791,000. We continue to aggressively convert our nonearning assets to performing assets but are always susceptible to local economic and property-specific factors affecting the valuation of our foreclosed properties," stated Victor Karpiak, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Financial Northwest, Inc.

"Our nonperforming assets declined during the quarter to $42.8 million, from $44.8 million last quarter. We continue to maintain our strong capital position with Tier 1 capital of 15.16%. While our third quarter financial results were less than expected, we continue to remain focused on reducing nonperforming assets and improving operating efficiencies in order to maintain sustained profitability. I believe the proper foundation is in place in order to realize a bright future," stated Joseph W. Kiley, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Savings Bank Northwest. "We believe the addition of Joe's leadership skills and solid banking experience will assist us in continuing to improve the Bank's performance," stated Victor Karpiak.

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