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Hanmi Financial Corporation Announces Postponement of its Annual Meeting of Stockholders Until August 23, 2013

LOS ANGELES, July 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hanmi Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:HAFC) ("Hanmi"), the holding company for Hanmi Bank, today announced that its 2013 annual meeting of stockholders (the "Annual Meeting"), originally scheduled to be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, has been postponed and will now take place on Friday, August 23, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., Pacific Time, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, located at 333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, California.

Hanmi is also resetting the record date for those stockholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting to July 19, 2013.

Hanmi has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), and is mailing to its stockholders, a supplement to its Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting to notify them of the postponement of the Annual Meeting.

Hanmi postponed the Annual Meeting to provide its Board of Directors (the "Board") with additional time to consider, approve and adopt amendments to the Hanmi Financial Corporation 2013 Equity Compensation Plan (the "2013 Plan") that have recently been proposed by the Nominating and Corporate Governance and Compensation Committee of the Board following consultations with new members of Company management. The 2013 Plan was initially adopted by the Board on May 22, 2013 and has been submitted for stockholder approval at the Annual Meeting pursuant to Hanmi's prior Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting (the "Prior Proxy Statement"). The amendments to the 2013 Plan would include, but not be limited to, provisions that restrict the Nominating and Corporate Governance and Compensation Committee, which administers the 2013 Plan, from taking any action with respect to an outstanding stock option or stock appreciation right that may be treated as a repricing under the rules of the New York Stock Exchange without stockholder approval. The Board and the Nominating and Corporate Governance and Compensation Committee believe that the amendments would be beneficial to and in the best interests of Hanmi's stockholders.

Immediately upon the Board's approval and adoption of the amendments to the 2013 Plan, Hanmi intends to amend the Prior Proxy Statement to revise Proposal No. 3 (relating to approval of the 2013 Plan) to reflect the amendments to the 2013 Plan. Hanmi also intends to attach the amended 2013 Plan as Annex A to the amended Proxy Statement. Hanmi intends to file with the SEC, and distribute to its stockholders for their consideration and approval at the rescheduled Annual Meeting, the amended Proxy Statement and related proxy materials as soon as practicable.

About Hanmi Financial Corporation

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Hanmi Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hanmi Financial Corporation, provides services to the multi-ethnic communities of California, with 27 full-service offices in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Francisco, Santa Clara and San Diego counties, and loan production offices in Texas and Washington State. Hanmi Bank specializes in commercial, SBA and trade finance lending, and is a recognized community leader. Hanmi Bank's mission is to provide a full range of quality products and premier services to its customers and to maximize stockholder value.

Forward-Looking Statements

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CONTACT: Hanmi Financial Corporation Shick (Mark) Yoon SVP & Chief Financial Officer Direct Phone: 213-427-5636 www.hanmi.comSource:Hanmi Bank