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First Financial Northwest, Inc. And The Stilwell Group Announce Agreement To Extend Time To Complete Settlement

RENTON, Wash., Feb. 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Financial Northwest, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:FFNW) and the Stilwell Group announced that they have entered into a second amendment to the agreement to settle the litigation in which the Stilwell Group challenged the counting of votes in a contested director election at the Company's 2012 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

The settlement agreement, as previously amended, provides, among other things, that Kevin D. Padrick will be seated on the Company's Board of Directors after receiving any required regulatory approvals. The second amendment simply extends the time by which required regulatory approvals for Mr. Padrick's appointment must be received. All other terms of the settlement remain the same.

First Financial Northwest, Inc. is the parent company of First Savings Bank Northwest, a Washington chartered stock savings bank headquartered in Renton, Washington, serving the Puget Sound Region through its full-service banking office. The Company is a part of the ABA NASDAQ Community Bank Index. For additional information about the Company, please visit www.fsbnw.com and click on the "Investor Relations" section.

The Stilwell Group is a New York-based money management firm which currently owns approximately 9.72% of the Company's outstanding shares of common stock.

CONTACT: For more information, contact:
         For First Financial Northwest, Inc.:
         Victor Karpiak, President and Chief Executive Officer,
         (425) 255-4400
         
         For The Stilwell Group:
         Ms. Megan Parisi, (212) 269-1551

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