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First Financial Holdings, Inc. CEO and CFO to Present at the Sandler O'Neill 2012 East Coast Financial Services Conference

CHARLESTON, S.C., Nov. 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Financial Holdings, Inc. ("First Financial") (Nasdaq:FFCH) CEO R. Wayne Hall and CFO Blaise B. Bettendorf will present at the Sandler O'Neill 2012 East Coast Financial Services Conference Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 10:55 a.m. ET. The presentation will be broadcast on First Financial's website at www.firstfinancialholdings.com. Additionally, on November 14, 2012, First Financial's quarterly investor presentation will be available on the website.

About First Financial

First Financial Holdings, Inc. ("First Financial") (Nasdaq:FFCH) is a Charleston, South Carolina financial services provider with $3.2 billion in total assets as of September 30, 2012. First Financial offers integrated financial solutions, including personal, business, and wealth management services. First Federal Bank ("First Federal"), which was founded in 1934 and is the primary subsidiary of First Financial, serves individuals and businesses throughout coastal South Carolina, Florence, South Carolina, Greenville, South Carolina, and Wilmington, North Carolina. First Financial subsidiaries include: First Federal; First Southeast Investor Services, Inc., a registered broker-dealer; and First Southeast 401(k) Fiduciaries, Inc., a registered investment advisor. First Federal is the largest financial institution headquartered in the Charleston, South Carolina metropolitan area and the third largest financial institution headquartered in South Carolina, based on asset size. Additional information about First Financial is available at www.firstfinancialholdings.com.

CONTACT: First Financial Holdings, Inc. Blaise B. Bettendorf Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (843) 529-5931 or (843) 529-5456 bbettendorf@firstfinancialholdings.com investorrelations@firstfinancialholdings.comSource:First Financial Holdings, Inc.