First Financial Northwest, Inc. Announces That Director Robert L. Anderson Will Retire From the Board of Directors

RENTON, Wash., Feb. 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Financial Northwest, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:FFNW), the holding company for First Savings Bank Northwest ("Bank"), today announced that Robert L. Anderson will not stand for re-election as a Director of the Company or the Bank at their respective annual meetings of shareholders and will retire from service at the conclusion of the Company's next annual meeting, tentatively scheduled to be held on June 25, 2014. Mr. Anderson has served as a Director of the Company since its formation in 2007 and has served as a Director of the Bank since 1980.

Joseph W. Kiley III, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Bob's service as a Board member and commitment to the Company and the Bank during his years of service has been outstanding. Our Company, Board, employees, and shareholders are indebted to him for his many contributions to the Company."

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. We are a part of the ABA NASDAQ Community Bank Index as well as the Russell 2000 and 3000 Indices. For additional information about us, please visit our website at and click on the "Investor Relations" section.

Forward Looking Statements:

Statements in this news release regarding future events, performance or results are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 ("PSLRA") and are made pursuant to the safe harbors of the PSLRA. Actual results could be materially different from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause results to differ include but are not limited to: the ability to maintain current dividend payments or increase dividend payouts to shareholders, regulatory capital requirements, future earnings and cash flow of the Company, regulatory changes and general economic conditions and other risks. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are disclosed in First Financial Northwest, Inc.'s recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Forward-looking statements are accurate only as of the date released, and we do not undertake any responsibility to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

CONTACT: For more information, contact: Joseph W. Kiley III, President and Chief Executive Officer Rich Jacobson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (425) 255-4400Source:First Financial Northwest