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First Defiance Financial Corp. Announces 2013 Record Second Quarter Earnings

First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: FDEF) announced today that net income for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013 totaled $6.1 million, or $0.60 per diluted common share, compared to $3.9 million or $0.38 per diluted common share for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.

“The momentum that we carried from the strong finish in 2012 has continued into the first half of this year and resulted in record earnings for the second consecutive quarter in 2013,” said William J. Small, Chairman, President, and CEO of First Defiance Financial Corp. “We are still very cognizant of the challenges the banking industry faces, but we believe we are well positioned to deal with them.”

Credit Quality

Asset quality continues to improve with non-performing loans decreasing 31% from June 30, 2012 and 19% decrease from the prior quarter. Non-performing loans totaled $28.7 million at June 30, 2013, a decrease from $41.7 million at June 30, 2012. In addition, First Defiance had $6.5 million of real estate owned at June 30, 2013 compared to $3.5 million at June 30, 2012. Accruing troubled debt restructured loans were $28.7 million at June 30, 2013 compared with $3.6 million at June 30, 2012. For the second quarter of 2013, First Defiance recorded net charge-offs of $637,000, down from $6.5 million in the second quarter of 2012 and relatively flat with the first quarter of 2013. The allowance for loan loss as a percentage of total loans was 1.68% at June 30, 2013 compared with 1.76% at June 30, 2012.

The second quarter results include expense for provision for loan losses of $448,000, compared with $4.1 million for the same period in 2012 and $425,000 in the first quarter of 2013.

“We are pleased with the significant improvement in asset quality during the quarter including significant declines in nonperforming loans, net charge-offs and classified loans. We also saw improvement in delinquency levels in all categories of our loan portfolio,” said Small. “As a result of this progress, provision expense was well below the level recorded in the 2012 second quarter.”

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