Keith J. Houghton Joins HomeTrust Bank as Chief Credit Officer

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ASHEVILLE, N.C., March 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:HTBI), the holding company for HomeTrust Bank (the "Bank"), announced today that Keith J. Houghton has joined the Bank as Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer.

Dana L. Stonestreet, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank, commented, "As a growing institution, the strength of our credit administration is absolutely essential to our success. In Keith, we believe that with his extensive banking background and many years of experience in credit administration and credit risk assessment, we have found the right person to lead us in this critical area. We are extremely pleased to have Keith join our management team."

Mr. Houghton has more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry. For nearly 17 years, he held a variety of senior positions in the credit and lending areas with StellarOne Corporation, a Charlottesville, VA-based bank holding company with approximately $3 billion in assets, and its predecessors, until the sale of StellarOne to another bank in January of this year. The most recent of those positions was Chief Credit Risk Officer, which Mr. Houghton held since [2007].

"I am thrilled to join HomeTrust and am excited by the many opportunities that await it," said Mr. Houghton. "I look forward to working with my fellow HomeTrust team members to capitalize on those opportunities," he added.

Mr. Houghton earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Babson College, Wellesley, MA.

About HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc.

HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for HomeTrust Bank, including its banking divisions – HomeTrust Bank, Tryon Federal Bank, Shelby Savings Bank, Home Savings Bank, Industrial Federal Bank, Cherryville Federal Bank and Rutherford County Bank. With $1.6 billion in assets as of December 31, 2013, the community-oriented financial institution offers traditional financial services within its local communities through its 21 full service offices in Western North Carolina, including the Asheville metropolitan area, the "Piedmont" region of North Carolina, and Greenville, South Carolina.

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CONTACT: HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. Dana L. Stonestreet - Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Tony J. VunCannon - Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer 828-259-3939

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