First Financial Northwest, Inc. Announces a 20% Increase in Quarterly Cash Dividend to $0.06 Per Share

RENTON, Wash., Feb. 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Financial Northwest, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:FFNW), the holding company for First Savings Bank Northwest ("Bank"), today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend on the Company's outstanding common stock of $0.06 per share. The cash dividend will be payable on March 27, 2015, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 13, 2015. The dividend represents a 20 percent increase from the $0.05 per share quarterly dividend paid to shareholders on December 19, 2014.

"We are pleased to increase our quarterly cash dividend by 20 percent from $0.05 per share to $0.06 per share to benefit all shareholders," said Joseph W. Kiley III, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank.

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. 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, 2013, 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: Joseph W. Kiley III, President and Chief Executive Officer Rich Jacobson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (425) 255-4400Source:First Financial Northwest