First Financial Northwest, Inc. Announces Final Results of Its Self-Tender Offer

RENTON, Wash., Aug. 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Financial Northwest, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFNW) ("First Financial" or the "Company") announced today the final results of its modified Dutch Auction tender offer, which expired at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

Based on the final count by the depositary for the tender offer, First Financial accepted for payment an aggregate of 1,294,467 shares at a price of $14.00 per share for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $18.1 million. These shares represent approximately 9.7 percent of the 13,327,916 shares outstanding as of June 30, 2016.

The tender offer was made pursuant to an Offer to Purchase dated July 13, 2016 and the related Letter of Transmittal, by which First Financial offered to purchase up to $40.0 million of its common stock, $.01 par value, at a price per share of not less than $13.00 nor greater than $14.00, which documents were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 13, 2016.

First Financial may purchase additional shares in the future in the open market subject to market conditions and private transactions, tender offers or otherwise. Under applicable securities laws, however, First Financial may not repurchase any shares until August 24, 2016. Whether First Financial makes additional repurchases in the future will depend on many factors, its business and financial performance and situation, the business and market conditions at the time, including the price of the shares, and other factors the Company considers relevant.

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. is the dealer manager/information agent for the tender offer. The depositary is Computershare Trust Company, N.A. Any questions with regard to the tender offer may be directed to the dealer manager/information agent, toll-free at 877-892-9475.

About First Financial Northwest, Inc.

First Financial Northwest, Inc. is the parent company of First Financial Northwest Bank; a Washington State chartered commercial bank headquartered in Renton, Washington, serving the Puget Sound Region through its four full-service banking offices. We are a part of the ABA NASDAQ Community Bank Index and the Russell 3000 Index. For additional information about us, please visit our website at and click on the "Investor Relations" link at the bottom of the page.

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

Source:First Financial Northwest