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First Financial Northwest, Inc. Reports Net Income For The Fourth Quarter Of $3.9 Million Or $0.25 Per Share And $24.5 Million Or $1.47 Per Share For The Year Ended December 31, 2013

RENTON, Wash., Jan. 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Financial Northwest, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:FFNW), the holding company for First Savings Bank Northwest (the "Bank"), today reported net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 of $3.9 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, compared to a net income of $2.6 million, or $0.16 per diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 and net income of $1.5 million, or $0.09 per diluted share for the comparable quarter in 2012. For the year ended December 31, 2013, net income was $24.5 million or $1.47 per diluted share, compared to $2.7 million, or $0.15 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2012.

"Net income of $3.9 million for the fourth quarter is a significant improvement for our Company. Our efforts to reduce nonperforming assets are reflected in our nonperforming loan totals which declined to $4.0 million at December 31, 2013, compared to $9.4 million at September 30, 2013 and $22.8 million at December 31, 2012. Another bright spot for 2013 was the decline in other real estate owned ("OREO") to $11.5 million at year end, from $12.6 million at September 30, 2013 and $17.3 million at the end of 2012," stated Joseph W. Kiley III, President and Chief Executive Officer.

"In addition, despite significant loan prepayment activity as a result of the low interest rate environment throughout most of 2013, we increased net loans receivable to $663.2 million at December 31, 2013, a $12.7 million increase from $650.5 million one year earlier, including increasing the amount of higher yielding non-residential loans," continued Kiley. "We are also pleased with the improvement in the Company's stock price per share which closed at $10.37 on December 31, 2013 compared to $7.55 on December 31, 2012 and $5.90 on December 31, 2011. The Company's market capitalization (as measured by multiplying shares outstanding by closing share price) increased to $170 million at December 31, 2013 compared to $142 million at December 31, 2012 and $111 million at December 31, 2011. This increase occurred even with the reduction in shares outstanding primarily as a product of our share repurchase programs conducted in 2013, through which we repurchased 2.7 million shares," concluded Kiley.

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