First Financial Northwest, Inc. Announces Adoption of New Share Repurchase Plan

Renton, Washington, UNITED STATES

RENTON, Wash., Jan. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Financial Northwest, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ GS: FFNW), the holding company for First Financial Northwest Bank today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of up to 5.0% of the Company’s outstanding common stock, or approximately 513,000 shares. Under the plan, shares may be purchased by the Company on the open market or in privately negotiated transactions, in accordance with Rule 10b-18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Company intends to commence repurchases beginning no earlier than January 27, 2020 and ending no later than July 27, 2020. The extent to which the Company repurchases its shares and the timing of such repurchase will depend upon market conditions and other corporate considerations. As a result, there can be no assurance as to the exact number of shares, if any, that will be repurchased under the plan.

The company repurchased 132,952 shares of its outstanding common stock at an average price of $14.21 per share under its most recent stock repurchase plan in effect from July 30, 2019 through December 17, 2019, which authorized the repurchase of up to 520,000 shares, or approximately 5.0% of its outstanding common stock. The Company repurchased 550,000 shares of its outstanding common stock at an average price of $15.72 per share, the full number of shares authorized, under an earlier stock repurchase plan that expired on May 3, 2019.

“Stock repurchase remains an attractive way, in addition to our quarterly cash dividend, to deliver on our long-term goal to enhance shareholder value,” 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 Financial Northwest Bank, an FDIC insured Washington State-chartered commercial bank headquartered in Renton, Washington, serving the Puget Sound Region through 12 full-service banking offices. We are a part of the ABA NASDAQ Community Bank Index and the Russell 2000 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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For more information, contact:
Joseph W. Kiley III, President and Chief Executive Officer
Rich Jacobson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(425) 255-4400