First Financial Holdings, Inc. Announces First Quarter Earnings and Declares Cash Dividend

First Financial Holdings, Inc. Announces First Quarter Earnings and Declares Cash Dividend  CHARLESTON, S.C., April 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Financial Holdings, Inc. ("First Financial") (Nasdaq:FFCH), the holding company for First Federal Bank ("First Federal"), announced today net income available to common shareholders of $4.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013, compared with $6.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012 and $770 thousand for the three months ended March 31, 2012. Diluted net income per common share was $0.26 for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, compared with $0.41 for the prior quarter and $0.05 for the same quarter last year.  "This quarter marked the most notable announcement in our company's 78 years," said R. Wayne Hall, president and chief executive officer of First Financial and First Federal. "We are excited about building a premier regional bank in the Southeast through our merger with SCBT. This partnership benefits our customers, shareholders, and employees. The market continues to react favorably to the combination as evidenced by the continued enhancement to shareholder value since our announcement. We have begun the process to seek required approvals from shareholders and regulators and have commenced to collaborate on integration plans so that we can leverage the best practices of both companies."  Significant Development for the Quarter  On February 19, 2013, First Financial entered into a merger agreement with SCBT Financial Corporation ("SCBT"). Subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the agreement, First Financial plans to merge with and into SCBT with SCBT continuing as the surviving corporation after the merger and First Federal will merge with and into SCBT's bank subsidiary. The merger is expected to close in the third quarter of 2013, subject to customary closing conditions.  Under the terms of the agreement, SCBT will add five First Financial board members to the combined company's board.Robert J. Hill, Jr., president and chief executive officer of SCBT, will continue to serve as chief executive officer of the combined company and R. Wayne Hall will be named president of the combined company.  Quarterly Results of Operations  First Financial reported net income of $5.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013, compared with $7.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012 and $1.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012.  Net interest income  Net interest margin, on a fully tax-equivalent basis, was 4.51% for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, compared with 4.69% for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 and 3.84% for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.Net interest margin adjusted for the cash received and the incremental loan accretion on the former Cape Fear Bank ("Cape Fear") loan pool was 3.99% for the March 31, 2013 quarter, a 16 basis point decrease from the December 31, 2012 quarter.The net interest margin for the prior quarter was positively impacted by 8 basis points due to the full resolution and collection of certain nonperforming loans and by 7 basis points due to accelerated accretion on called investment securities.The decrease in net interest margin was also a result of a shift in the mix of earning assets from loans to lower yielding investment securities and overnight funds.The increase over the same quarter last year was principally caused by the accretion and amortization of purchase accounting adjustments resulting from the acquisition of certain Plantation Federal Savings Bank ("Plantation") assets and liabilities from the FDIC in April 2012.In addition, improved performance on a Cape Fear loan pool, a lower cost of funds as maturing time deposits have been replaced with core deposits and the continued funding mix shift from borrowings, as well as higher yields on investments due to accelerated accretion on called investment securities have positively impacted net interest margin as compared with the same quarter of the prior year.  Net interest income for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 was $33.1 million, a decrease of $2.0 million or 5.6% from the prior quarter and an increase of $4.9 million or 17.3% over the same quarter last year.The decrease from the prior quarter was primarily due to a $16.8 million decline in average earning assets and the reduction in net interest margin.The increase over the same quarter last year was primarily the effect of the improved performance of a Cape Fear loan pool as well as higher levels of average earning assets from the Plantation acquisition and Liberty Savings Bank ("Liberty") branch purchase in April 2012.  Provision for loan losses  After determining what First Financial believes is an adequate allowance for loan losses based on the estimated risk inherent in the loan portfolio, the provision for loan losses is calculated based on the net effect of the change in the allowance for loan losses and net charge-offs.The provision for loan losses was $6.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, which included $1.3 million due to recognizing impairment on certain Plantation loan pools which have lower cash flows than originally projected.In accordance with Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") 310-30, First Financial evaluates the projected cash flows of its acquired loans that were identified as nonperforming at the time of acquisition on a quarterly basis.The ASC 310-30 evaluation is made on all acquired loans, including those loans covered by loss share agreements with the FDIC ("acquired covered").As of March 31, 2013, a net impairment of $4.6 million was projected on certain loan pools, primarily due to several large losses which occurred during the current quarter, and was recorded as an increase to the allowance for loan losses.A portion of the higher loss estimate was related to acquired covered loans and was recorded as an adjustment to the FDIC indemnification asset, which reduced the provision for loan losses.Excluding the impact from the ASC 310-30 review, the provision for loan losses for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 was $4.7 million, an increase of $552 thousand or 13.3% over the linked quarter and a decrease of $2.0 million or 30.1% from the same quarter last year.The increase over the linked quarter was principally due to relative changes in the historical loss rates for each quarter.The decrease from the same quarter last year was related to the continued improvement in historical loss trends and general stabilization of credit metrics through March 31, 2013.  Noninterest income  Noninterest income totaled $15.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, a decrease of $336 thousand or 2.1% from the prior quarter and an increase of $2.7 million or 20.1% over the same quarter last year.Noninterest income for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 included a $1.3 million release on the FDIC true-up liability, which was recorded in conjunction with the ASC 310-30 quarterly evaluation discussed above as the higher projected losses will reduce the amount that First Federal might have to potentially remit to the FDIC based on the initial purchase bid.The decrease from the linked quarter was primarily the result of lower service charges on deposits ($637 thousand) and mortgage and other loan income ($1.6 million), partially offset by the FDIC true-up liability release.Service charges on deposits decreased principally the result of seasonal declines in transaction volumes due to customers holding higher average deposit balances after receiving income tax refunds.The decrease in mortgage and other loan income was due in large part to lower gains on residential mortgage loans sold into the secondary market as volumes declined and spreads narrowed.  The increase in noninterest income over the same quarter last year was primarily the result of higher mortgage and other loan income ($1.0 million), bank owned life insurance ($373 thousand) and the FDIC true-up liability discussed above.The increase in mortgage and other loan income was due in large part to more favorable hedge adjustments on both the mortgage servicing rights and the mortgage pipeline hedges in the current quarter due to the continued low interest rate environment and the addition of correspondent lenders.The increase in bank owned life insurance was the result of purchasing these policies during the second half of 2012.  Noninterest expense  Noninterest expense totaled $35.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, essentially unchanged from the prior quarter and an increase of $6.4 million or 22.3% over the same quarter last year.While noninterest expenses were essentially unchanged from the prior quarter, increases in other real estate owned ("OREO") ($906 thousand) and other smaller variances were offset by decreases in other loan expense ($911 thousand) and other expense ($1.2 million).The increase in OREO was the result of final purchase accounting adjustments recorded in the linked quarter on the acquired Plantation OREO as well as higher write-downs on other OREO properties in the current quarter.The decrease in other loan expense was due to higher foreclosure-related expenses in the linked quarter as well as the timing and amount of reimbursements from the FDIC in the current quarter. The decrease in other expense was principally the result of two operations-related losses recorded in the linked quarter.  In addition to the impact of the Plantation and Liberty transactions and the FDIC indemnification impairment, the increase in noninterest expense over the same quarter of the prior year was related to higher OREO expenses ($394 thousand), and professional services ($605 thousand), partially offset by lower FDIC insurance and regulatory fees ($463 thousand).OREO expenses increased primarily as the result of lower gains recognized on sold properties.The increase in professional fees was the result of merger-related expenses during the current quarter.The decrease in FDIC insurance and regulatory fees was the result of lower regulatory fees as a result of becoming a Federal Reserve member bank.  Income Taxes  The income tax expense for the three months ended March 31, 2013 totaled $2.6 million, a decrease of $1.3 million or 32.9% from the linked quarter and a decrease of $1.6 million or 38.0% from the same quarter last year.The quarter ended March 31, 2012 included a tax expense of $2.1 million for the state deferred tax asset write-off related to a difference in applicable South Carolina tax laws for banks versus thrifts upon First Federal's conversion to a state-chartered commercial bank.In addition, the variances from both prior periods were the result of the change in pre-tax income.The effective tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2013 was 33.36%, compared with 33.39% and 70.92% for the quarters ended December 31, 2012 and March 31, 2012, respectively.The decreases in the effective tax rate were principally due to higher tax-exempt income resulting from purchasing bank owned life insurance during the second half of 2012 and the write-off of the state deferred tax asset in the first quarter of 2012.  Balance Sheet  Total assets at March 31, 2013 were $3.2 billion, essentially unchanged from December 31, 2012 and an increase of $71.1 million or 2.3% over March 31, 2012.While total assets were essentially unchanged from December 31, 2012, decreases in total loans, loans held for sale the FDIC indemnification asset from December 31, 2012 were substantially offset by increases in interest-bearing deposits with banks and securities available for sale.The increase in total assets over March 31, 2012 was principally due to the Plantation and Liberty acquisitions, partially offset by a decrease in investment securities as part of repositioning the balance sheet during the second quarter of 2012.  Investment securities at March 31, 2013 totaled $348.7 million, an increase of $58.4 million or 20.1% over December 31, 2012 and a decrease of $151.6 million or 30.3% from March 31, 2012.The increase over December 31, 2012 was due to new security purchases, partially offset by normal principal reductions and cash flows from called securities.The decrease from March 31, 2012 was primarily the result of the sale of $203.6 million of mortgage-backed securities during the June 30, 2012 quarter as part of repositioning the balance sheet, partially offset by new security purchases since the repositioning.  Total loans at March 31, 2013 decreased $19.2 million or 0.8% from December 31, 2012 and increased $120.6 million or 5.1% over March 31, 2012.The decrease from December 31, 2012 was a result of reductions in the commercial and consumer loan categories due to several large payoffs and paydowns on commercial real estate and commercial land loans, higher loss claims on the Plantation portfolio, and normal cash flows.The decline in commercial loans is consistent with a strategy to reduce problem and criticized loan balances, both legacy as well as those in acquired portfolios.The increase in total loans over March 31, 2012 was primarily the result of the Plantation and Liberty acquisitions which occurred during the June 30, 2012 quarter, partially offset by normal loan portfolio activity.  First Federal's credit quality metrics at March 31, 2013 reflect seasonal decreases normally experienced in the first calendar quarter of each year as well as improved performance over the same quarter last year.Delinquent loans at March 31, 2013 totaled $13.7 million, a decrease of $3.3 million or 19.6% from December 31, 2012 and a decrease of $905 thousand or 6.2% from March 31, 2012.The decrease from the prior quarter was driven by lower delinquent consumer loans due to normal seasonal fluctuations, partially offset by higher delinquent commercial loans, of which several larger loans are in the process of resolution.The decrease from the same quarter last year was primarily the result of continued collection efforts.Total delinquent loans at March 31, 2013 included $3.4 million in acquired covered loans, as compared with $1.6 million and $3.1 million at December 31, 2012 and March 31, 2012, respectively.  Nonperforming assets at March 31, 2013 totaled $65.0 million, a decrease of $2.8 million or 4.2% from December 31, 2012 and a decrease of $6.7 million or 9.4% from March 31, 2012.The decreases were principally the result of OREO sales outpacing new foreclosures.Acquired covered nonperforming loans totaled $8.8 million at March 31, 2013, compared with $8.6 million and $15.6 million at December 31, 2012 and March 31, 2012, respectively.Acquired covered OREO totaled $9.7 million at March 31, 2013, compared with $9.6 million and $11.4 million at December 31, 2012 and March 31, 2012, respectively.  Net charge-offs for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 totaled $6.1 million, a decrease of $270 thousand or 4.3% from the prior quarter and a decrease of $3.4 million or 36.1% from the same quarter last year.  The allowance for loan losses was 1.92% of total loans at March 31, 2013, compared with 1.77% of total loans at December 31, 2012 and 2.16% of total loans at March 31, 2013.The increase in the allowance ratio over December 31, 2012 was due to establishing a $4.6 million reserve related to estimated higher losses on acquired Plantation loans based on the ASC 310-30 review discussed above.Of this amount, $3.3 million was related to acquired covered loans and was recorded as an increase to the FDIC indemnification asset.The increase was partially offset by the continued improvement in historical loss factors and stable credit metrics over the past twelve months.In addition, the change in the allowance ratio from March 31, 2012 was affected by acquiring loans in the Plantation and Liberty acquisitions that are carried at fair value and did not have an associated allowance at acquisition.The allowance for loan losses at March 31, 2013 was 2.08% of loans excluding acquired covered loans, and represented 1.2 times coverage of the non-covered nonperforming loans.  The FDIC indemnification asset at March 31, 2013 was $58.9 million, a decrease of $21.4 million or 26.6% from December 31, 2012 and an increase of $12.6 million or 27.3% over March 31, 2012.The decrease from December 31, 2012 was due to the receipt of $20.7 million in claims reimbursement from the FDIC during the quarter as well as recognizing a potential impairment of $3.8 million on the FDIC indemnification asset related to the Cape Fear acquired portfolio, partially offset by recognizing $3.3 million of potential additional claims to the FDIC related to the Plantation loss share agreement.The increase over March 31, 2012 was the result of establishing a $35.9 million indemnification asset during 2012 to recognize the loss share agreement associated with the Plantation transaction, the $3.3 million added to the FDIC indemnification asset this quarter, and normal accretion, partially offset by the claims reimbursement and amortization of the potential impairment.  Bank owned life insurance totaled $51.0 million at March 31, 2013, essentially unchanged from December 31, 2012 and an increase of $51.0 million over March 31, 2013.The increase was the result of establishing a bank owned life insurance program on certain corporate officers as part of a strategy to offset the costs of existing employee benefit plans.  Other assets totaled $74.8 million at March 31, 2013, a decrease of $2.4 million or 3.2% from December 31, 2012 and a decrease of $18.1 million or 19.5% from March 31, 2012.The decrease from December 31, 2012 was principally the result of a $2.0 million decline in OREO as sales of properties continue to outpace foreclosures, combined with miscellaneous reductions in other asset categories.The decrease from March 31, 2012 was principally due to current tax adjustments recorded and federal tax refunds received during 2012.  Core deposits, which include checking, savings, and money market accounts, totaled $1.7 billion at March 31, 2013, an increase of $53.2 million or 3.2% over December 31, 2012 and an increase of $390.7 million or 29.9% over March 31, 2012.The increases were primarily the result of the Plantation and Liberty transactions as well as the introduction of new retail deposit products and sales processes during 2012. Time deposits at March 31, 2013 totaled $903.4 million, a decrease of $48.1 million or 5.1% from December 31, 2012 and a decrease of $54.7 million or 5.7% from March 31, 2012.The decreases were due to a strategy to focus on core transaction accounts and to reduce high rate retail and wholesale time deposits as they matured.  Advances from the Federal Home Loan Bank ("FHLB") at March 31, 2013 totaled $233.0 million, unchanged from December 31, 2012 and a decrease of $300.0 million or 56.3% from March 31, 2012.The decrease from March 31, 2012 was primarily the effect of prepaying $125.0 million of long-term FHLB advances during the June 30, 2012 quarter as part of repositioning the balance sheet, as well as a shift in funding mix due to the organic growth of core deposits and the acquisition of low-cost deposits from Plantation and Liberty.  Shareholders' equity at March 31, 2013 was $304.7 million, an increase of $5.0 million or 1.7% over December 31, 2012 and an increase of $26.6 million or 9.6% over March 31, 2012.The increases were due to the effect of net operating results.First Financial remained well capitalized at March 31, 2013 with total risk-based capital of 16.58%, Tier 1 risk-based capital of 15.30%, and Tier 1 leverage capital of 10.72%.The tangible common equity to tangible common assets ratio increased to 7.23% at March 31, 2013, compared with 7.07% at December 31, 2012 and 6.70% at March 31, 2012.First Federal's regulatory capital ratios are in excess of "well-capitalized" minimums.  Cash Dividend Declared  On April 25, 2013, First Financial declared a quarterly cash dividend of $12.50 per share on its Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series A, payable on May 15, 2013 to preferred shareholders of record as of May 3, 2013.First Financial also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per common share, payable on May 23, 2013 to shareholders of record as of May 9, 2013.  Additional Information About The Merger And Where To Find It  In connection with the proposed merger referenced above, SCBT has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") a Registration Statement on Form S-4 that includes a Joint Proxy Statement of First Financial and SCBT and a Prospectus of SCBT, as well as other relevant documents concerning the proposed transaction. SHAREHOLDERS ARE STRONGLY URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS REGARDING THE PROPOSED MERGER AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THOSE DOCUMENTS, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE PROPOSED MERGER. A free copy of the Proxy Statement/Prospectus, as well as other filings containing information about First Financial and SCBT, may be obtained at the SEC's Internet site (www.sec.gov). In addition, free copies of documents filed with the SEC may be obtained by directing a written request to either SCBT Financial Corporation, Post Office Box 1030, Columbia, SC 29202, Attention: Richard C. Mathis, Executive Vice President and Treasurer, or First Financial Holdings, Inc., 2440 Mall Drive, Charleston, SC 29406 Attention: Blaise Bettendorf, Chief Financial Officer.  First Financial, SCBT and their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the shareholders of First Financial and SCBT in connection with the merger. Information about the directors and executive officers of First Financial and their ownership of First Financial common stock is set forth in First Financial's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 filed with the SEC on March 18, 2013, which is available at the SEC's Internet site (www.sec.gov), and at the First Financial address in the preceding paragraph. Information about the directors and executive officers of SCBT and their ownership of SCBT common stock is set forth in SCBT's definitive proxy statement in connection with its 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders filed with the SEC on March 3, 2013, which is also available at the SEC's internet site and from SCBT at the address set forth in the preceding paragraph. Additional information regarding the interests of these participants may be obtained by reading the Proxy Statement/Prospectus regarding the proposed transaction.  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 March 31, 2013.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, and 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.  Non-GAAP Financial Information  In addition to results presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"), this press release includes non-GAAP financial measures such as the efficiency ratio, the tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio, tangible common book value per share, pre-tax pre-provision earnings, and adjusted net interest margin.First Financial believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide additional information that is useful to investors in understanding its underlying performance, business, and performance trends and such measures help facilitate performance comparisons with others in the banking industry as well as period-to-period comparisons.Non-GAAP measures have inherent limitations, are not required to be uniformly applied, and are not audited.Readers should be aware of these limitations and should be cautious in their use of such measures.To mitigate these limitations, First Financial has procedures in place to ensure that these measures are calculated using the appropriate GAAP or regulatory components in their entirety and to ensure that its performance is properly reflected to facilitate consistent period-to-period comparisons.Although management believes the above non-GAAP financial measures enhance readers' understanding of First Financial's business and performance, these non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for GAAP basis financial measures.  Please refer to the Selected Financial Information table and the Non-GAAP Reconciliation table later in this release for additional information.  Forward-Looking Statements  Statements in this release that are not statements of historical fact, including without limitation, statements that include terms such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "forecasts," "intends," "plans," "targets," "potentially," "probably," "projects," "outlook," or similar expressions or future conditional verbs such as "may," "will," "should," "would," or "could" constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.These forward-looking statements regarding First Financial's future financial and operating results, plans, objectives, expectations and intentions involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond First Financial's control or are subject to change.No forward-looking statement is a guarantee of future performance and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the general business environment; general economic conditions nationally and in the States of North and South Carolina; interest rates; the North and South Carolina real estate markets; the demand for mortgage loans; the credit risk of lending activities, including changes in the level and trend of delinquent and nonperforming loans and charge-offs; changes in First Federal's allowance for loan losses and provision for loan losses that may be affected by deterioration in the housing and real estate markets; results of examinations by banking regulators, including the possibility that any such regulatory authority may, among other things, require First Federal to increase its allowance for loan losses, write-down assets, change First Federal's regulatory capital position or affect its ability to borrow funds or maintain or increase deposits, which could adversely affect liquidity and earnings; First Financial's ability to control operating costs and expenses; First Financial's ability to successfully integrate any assets, liabilities, customers, systems, and management personnel acquired or may in the future acquire into its operations and its ability to realize related revenue synergies and cost savings within expected time frames and any goodwill charges related thereto; competitive conditions between banks and non-bank financial services providers; regulatory changes, including new or revised rules and regulations implemented pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; and closing conditions related to the proposed merger with SCBT, including regulatory and shareholder approvals required for the consummation of the proposed merger with SCBT.Other risks are also detailed in First Financial's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which are available at the SEC's website www.sec.gov. Other factors not currently anticipated may also materially and adversely affect First Financial's results of operations, financial position, and cash flows.There can be no assurance that future results will meet expectations.While First Financial believes that the forward-looking statements in this release are reasonable, the reader should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statement.In addition, these statements speak only as of the date made.First Financial does not undertake, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.                                                                        FIRST FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, INC. SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION (Unaudited)                                                                                          As of and for the Quarters Ended (dollars in          March 31,    December 31, September    June 30,     March 31, thousands)           2013         2012         30,          2012         2012                                                2012 Average for the                                                       Quarter Assets               $3,200,485 $3,216,018 $3,283,512 $3,339,705 $3,151,385 Investment           316,426     283,929     291,223     443,181     490,356 securities Loans               2,481,410   2,545,956   2,608,522   2,564,789   2,378,789 Allowance for loan   44,375      45,997      48,329      50,547      52,282 losses Deposits             2,576,968   2,594,112   2,664,207   2,596,642   2,228,613 Borrowings           280,229     282,122     294,796     428,505     609,665 Shareholders' equity 301,921     296,851     290,047     285,672     277,390                                                                      Performance Metrics                                                   Return on average    0.67%        0.97%        0.81%        1.52%        0.22% assets^1 Return on average shareholders'        7.06       10.48      9.14       17.72      2.52 equity^1 Net interest margin  4.51       4.69       4.35       4.08       3.84 (FTE)^2 Net interest margin, adjusted             3.99       4.15       4.29       4.08       3.84 (non-GAAP)^3 Efficiency ratio     73.04      67.69      69.19      66.05      68.87 (non-GAAP)^1,3 Pre-tax pre-provision        $13,855   $15,905   $14,716   $24,993   $12,725 earnings (non-GAAP)^3                                                                      Capital Ratios                                                        Equity to assets     9.47%        9.32%        9.01%        8.69%        8.84% Tangible common equity to tangible   7.23       7.07       6.77       6.47       6.70 assets (non-GAAP)^3 Book value per       $ 14.50    $ 14.20    $ 13.77    $ 13.45    $ 12.89 common share Tangible book value per common share     14.04      13.71      13.25      12.91      12.75 (non-GAAP)^3 Dividends            0.05       0.05       0.05       0.05       0.05 Shares outstanding,  16,533     16,527     16,527     16,527     16,527 end of period (000s) Tier 1 leverage      10.72%       10.54%       10.12%       9.79%        10.22% capital ratio Tier 1 risk-based    15.30      14.89      14.42      13.89      14.81 capital ratio Total risk-based     16.58      16.16      15.70      15.16      16.08 capital ratio Tier 1 leverage capital ratio (First 10.24      9.97       9.47       9.06       9.00 Federal) Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio (First 14.63      14.10      13.50      12.86      13.05 Federal) Total risk-based capital ratio (First 15.92      15.37      14.78      14.13      14.32 Federal)                                                                      Asset Quality                                                         Metrics Allowance for loan losses as a percent  1.92%        1.77%        1.80%        1.85%        2.16% of loans Allowance for loan losses as a percent  97.42      89.30      94.53      97.72      101.75 of nonperforming loans Nonperforming loans as a percent of      1.97       1.98       1.90       1.90       2.12 loans Nonperforming assets as a percent of loans and other      2.61       2.70       2.72       2.94       3.02 repossessed assets acquired Nonperforming assets as a percent of      2.02       2.11       2.18       2.36       2.28 total assets Net loans charged-off as a     0.98       0.99       1.07       1.04       1.60 percent of average loans^1 Net loans            $6,063    $6,333    $6,981    $6,673    $9,493 charged-off                                                                      Asset Quality Metrics Excluding                                                     Acquired Covered Loans Allowance for loan losses as a percent  2.08%        1.94%        1.99%        2.06%        2.28% of legacy loans Allowance for loan losses as a percent of                   118.82     108.23     118.82     123.30     148.22 legacynonperforming loans Nonperforming loans as a percent of      1.75       1.79       1.67       1.67       1.54 legacy loans Nonperforming assets as a percent of legacy loans         2.04       2.17       1.97       2.01       2.00 andother repossessed assets acquired Nonperforming assets as a percent of      1.45       1.54       1.42       1.45       1.42 total assets  ^1 Represents an annualized rate. ^2 Net interest margin is presented on an annual basis and includes taxable equivalent adjustments to interest income based on a federal tax rate of 35%. ^3 See Non-GAAP Reconciliation table for details.   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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (Unaudited)                                                                                              For the Quarters Ended (in thousands, except per    March 31, December  September June 30,  March 31, share data)                  2013      31,       30,       2012      2012                                        2012      2012                                                                  INTEREST INCOME                        Interest and fees on loans   $36,993 $38,927 $37,104 $35,643 $32,476 Interest and dividends on                                         investment securities Taxable                      1,931    2,207    2,429    3,118    3,529 Tax-exempt                   294      312      342      420      338 Other                        111      103      139      162      16 Total interest income        39,329   41,549   40,014   39,343   36,359 INTEREST EXPENSE                                                  Interest on deposits         3,172    3,388    3,747    3,981    3,951 Interest on borrowed money   3,019    3,072    3,070    3,649    4,156 Total interest expense       6,191    6,460    6,817    7,630    8,107 NET INTEREST INCOME          33,138   35,089   33,197   31,713   28,252 Provision for loan losses    5,972    4,161    4,533    4,697    6,745 Net interest income after    27,166   30,928   28,664   27,016   21,507 provision for loan losses NONINTEREST INCOME                                                Service charges on deposit   7,263    7,900    7,772    7,558    7,302 accounts Mortgage and other loan      4,435    5,987    4,061    4,372    3,435 income Trust and plan               1,067    1,219    1,117    1,078    1,081 administration income Brokerage fees               714      810      655      875      664 Bank owned life insurance    373      382      241      ---      --- income Other income                 932      680      513      699      769 Other-than-temporary impairment losses on         (268)    (144)    (145)    (145)    (69) investment securities FDIC true-up liability       1,321    ---      ---      ---      --- release (Loss) gain on acquisition   ---      (661)    ---      14,550   --- Gain on sale or call of      ---      ---      334      3,543    --- investment securities Total noninterest income     15,837   16,173   14,548   32,530   13,182 NONINTEREST EXPENSE                                               Salaries and employee        16,335   16,020   15,621   15,212   15,142 benefits Occupancy costs              2,214    2,214    2,333    2,933    2,267 Furniture and equipment      2,068    2,033    2,132    1,893    1,809 Other real estate owned, net 924      18       1,030    134      530 FDIC insurance and           531      646      693      761      994 regulatory fees Professional services        2,070    1,838    1,980    1,875    1,465 Advertising and marketing    866      714      964      966      652 Other loan expense           1,372    2,283    1,620    1,283    1,351 Intangible amortization      512      512      512      368      90 FDIC indemnification asset   3,806    3,423    563      ---      --- impairment Other expense                4,422    5,656    5,581    5,300    4,409 FHLB prepayment termination  ---      ---      ---      8,525    --- charge Total noninterest expense    35,120   35,357   33,029   39,250   28,709 Income before income taxes   7,883    11,744   10,183   20,296   5,980 Income tax expense           2,630    3,921    3,516    7,712    4,241 NET INCOME                   5,253    7,823    6,667    12,584   1,739 Preferred stock dividends    813      812      813      812      813 Accretion on preferred stock 165      163      160      158      156 discount NET INCOME AVAILABLE TO      $4,275  $6,848  $5,694  $11,614 $770 COMMON SHAREHOLDERS                                                                  Net income per common share                                       Basic                        $0.26   $0.41   $0.34   $0.70   $0.05 Diluted                      0.26     0.41     0.34     0.70     0.05                                                                  Average common shares                                             outstanding Basic                        16,529   16,527   16,527   16,527   16,527 Diluted                      16,547   16,531   16,529   16,528   16,528    FIRST FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, INC. NET INTEREST MARGIN ANALYSIS (Unaudited)                                                                                                                For the Quarters Ended                                                                                March 31, 2013                  December 31, 2012               Change in (dollars in      Average    Interest  Average    Average    Interest  Average    Average    Interest   Basis thousands)      Balance              Rate        Balance              Rate        Balance               Points Earning assets                                                                                  Interest-bearing deposits with    $62,441  $29     0.19%      $32,711  $13     0.17%      $29,730  $16      2 banks Investment       316,426   2,225    3.02     283,929   2,519    3.78     32,497    (294)     (76) securities^1 Total loans^2    2,481,410 36,613   5.98  ^3 2,545,956 38,435   6.01  ^3 (64,546)  (1,822)   (3) Loans held for   47,156    380      3.22     56,856    492      3.46     (9,700)   (112)     (24) sale FDIC indemnification  70,794    82       0.47     75,530    90       0.47     (4,736)   (8)       --- asset Total earning    2,978,227 39,329   5.35  ^3 2,994,982 41,549   5.55  ^3 (16,755)  (2,220)   (20) assets Interest-bearing                                                                                liabilities Deposits         2,180,741 3,172    0.59     2,205,336 3,388    0.61     (24,595)  (216)     (2) Borrowings       280,229   3,019    4.37     282,122   3,072    4.33     (1,893)   (53)      4 Total interest-bearing 2,460,970 6,191    1.02     2,487,458 6,460    1.03     (26,488)  (269)     (1) liabilities                                                                                                Net interest               $33,138                     $35,089                     $(1,951)  income                                                                                                Net interest                        4.51%   ^3                    4.69%   ^3                     (18) margin  ^1Interest income used in the average rate calculation includes the tax equivalent adjustments of $158 thousand and $168 thousand for the quarters ended March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively, calculated based on a federal tax rate of 35%. ^2Average loans include nonaccrual loans.Loan fees, which are not material for any of the periods, have been included in loan interest income for the rate calculation. ^3See Non-GAAP Reconciliation for impact of improved performance of Cape Fear loan pool on net interest margin.                                                                                                                  For the Quarters Ended                                                                                March 31, 2013                  March 31, 2012                  Change in (dollars in      Average    Interest  Average    Average    Interest  Average    Average    Interest   Basis thousands)      Balance              Rate        Balance              Rate        Balance               Points Earning Assets                                                                                  Interest-bearing deposits with    $62,441  $29     0.19%      $8,484   $1      0.05%      $53,957  $28      14 banks Investment       316,426   2,225    3.02     490,356   3,867    3.31     (173,930) (1,642)   (29) securities^1 Total loans^2    2,481,410 36,613   5.98  ^3 2,378,879 32,126   5.43     102,531   4,487     55 Loans held for   47,156    380      3.22     41,121    350      3.40     6,035     30        (18) sale FDIC indemnification  70,794    82       0.47     48,774    15       0.12     22,020    67        35 asset Total Earning    2,978,227 39,329   5.35  ^3 2,967,614 36,359   4.94     10,613    2,970     41 Assets Interest-bearing                                                                                liabilities Deposits         2,180,741 3,172    0.59     1,946,317 3,951    0.82     234,424   (779)     (23) Borrowings       280,229   3,019    4.37     609,665   4,156    2.73     (329,436) (1,137)   164 Total interest-bearing 2,460,970 6,191    1.02     2,555,982 8,107    1.28     (95,012)  (1,916)   (26) liabilities                                                                                                Net interest               $33,138                     $28,252                     $4,886    income                                                                                                Net interest                        4.51%   ^3                    3.84%                          67 margin^3                                                                                                 ^1Interest income used in the average rate calculation includes the tax equivalent adjustment of $158 thousand, and $182 thousand for the quarters ended March 31, 2013, and 2012, respectively, calculated based on a federal tax rate of 35%. ^2Average loans include nonaccrual loans.Loan fees, which are not material for any of the periods, have been included in loan interest income for the rate calculation. ^3 See Non-GAAP Reconciliation for impact of improved performance of Cape Fear loan pool on net interest margin.                                                                         FIRST FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, INC. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)                                                                                         March 31,    December 31, September    June 30,     March 31, (in thousands)      2013         2012         30,          2012         2012                                               2012                                                                     ASSETS                                                               Cash and due from   $49,190    $60,290    $50,749    $62,831    $57,645 banks Interest-bearing    80,110      57,161      35,668      7,270       5,879 deposits with banks Total cash and cash 129,300     117,451     86,417      70,101      63,524 equivalents Investment                                                           securities Securities available for sale, 314,597     253,798     236,048     244,059     442,531 at fair value Securities held to maturity, at        14,869      15,555      17,331      20,014      19,835 amortized cost Nonmarketable       19,245      20,914      23,254      29,327      37,965 securities Total investment    348,711     290,267     276,633     293,400     500,331 securities Loans                                                                Residential         1,037,859   1,031,533   1,080,406   1,099,474   1,029,176 Commercial          663,733     681,119     721,587     758,604     606,468 Consumer            774,550     782,672     772,376     774,405     719,923 Total loans         2,476,142   2,495,324   2,574,369   2,632,483   2,355,567 Less:Allowance for 47,427      44,179      46,351      48,799      50,776 loan losses Total loans, net    2,428,715   2,451,145   2,528,018   2,583,684   2,304,791 Loans held for sale 33,752      55,201      53,761      72,402      52,339 FDIC indemnification     58,917      80,268      75,017      77,311      46,272 asset Premises and        83,924      85,378      83,916      85,285      83,146 equipment, net Bank owned life     50,997      50,624      50,241      10,000      --- insurance Other intangible    7,573       8,025       8,478       8,931       2,310 assets Other assets        74,758      77,199      83,006      103,060     92,825 Total assets        $3,216,647 $3,215,558 $3,245,487 $3,304,174 $3,145,538                                                                     LIABILITIES                                                          Deposits                                                             Noninterest-bearing $431,003   $388,259   $382,077   $359,352   $307,750 checking Interest-bearing    509,295     511,647     507,262     502,731     435,320 checking Savings and money   756,818     743,970     730,365     731,428     563,344 market Retail time         807,667     845,391     869,544     934,245     753,481 deposits Wholesale time      95,737      106,066     127,509     175,446     204,594 deposits Total deposits     2,600,520   2,595,333   2,616,757   2,703,202   2,264,489 Advances from FHLB  233,000     233,000     253,000     233,000     533,000 Long-term debt      47,204      47,204      47,204      47,204      47,204 Other liabilities   31,234      40,380      36,026      33,504      22,802 Total liabilities   2,911,958   2,915,917   2,952,987   3,016,910   2,867,495                                                                     SHAREHOLDERS'                                                        EQUITY Preferred stock     1           1           1           1           1 Common stock        215         215         215         215         215 Additional paid-in  197,099     196,819     196,612     196,409     196,204 capital Treasury stock, at  (103,563)   (103,563)   (103,563)   (103,563)   (103,563) cost Retained earnings   212,302     208,853     202,832     198,100     187,311 Accumulated other   (1,365)     (2,684)     (3,597)     (3,898)     (2,125) comprehensive loss Total shareholders' 304,689     299,641     292,500     287,264     278,043 equity Total liabilities and shareholders'   $3,216,647 $3,215,558 $3,245,487 $3,304,174 $3,145,538 equity                                                                  FIRST FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, INC. LOANS                                                               (in           March 31,    December 31, September    June 30,     March 31, thousands)    2013         2012         30,          2012         2012                                         2012 Residential                                                    loans Residential  $963,053   $956,355   $1,008,130 $1,023,800 $972,881 1-4 family Residential  25,895       22,439       19,660       19,601       15,501 construction Residential  48,911       52,739       52,616       56,073       40,794 land Total residential   1,037,859    1,031,533    1,080,406    1,099,474    1,029,176 loans                                                               Commercial                                                     loans Commercial   130,169      118,379      125,345      107,804      88,054 business Commercial   467,890      491,567      520,135      555,588      447,339 real estate Commercial   1,092        1,064        1,801        17,201       16,289 construction Commercial   64,582       70,109       74,306       78,011       54,786 land Total commercial    663,733      681,119      721,587      758,604      606,468 loans                                                               Consumer                                                       loans Home equity  373,108      384,664      380,000      388,534      347,825 Manufactured 282,114      280,100      277,744      276,607      275,845 housing Marine       79,328       75,736       69,314       59,643       50,458 Other        40,000       42,172       45,318       49,621       45,795 consumer Total consumer      774,550      782,672      772,376      774,405      719,923 loans Total loans   2,476,142    2,495,324    2,574,369    2,632,483    2,355,567 Less: Allowance for 47,427       44,179       46,351       48,799       50,776 loan losses Total loans,  $2,428,715 $2,451,145 $2,528,018 $2,583,684 $2,304,791 net                                                                  FIRST FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, INC. DELINQUENT LOANS                                                                                                                       March 31, 2013        December 31, 2012     September 30, 2012    June 30, 2012         March 31, 2012 (30-89 days past due)      $       % of       $       % of       $       % of       $       % of       $       % of (dollars in              Portfolio            Portfolio            Portfolio            Portfolio            Portfolio thousands) Residential                                                                                              loans Residential   $1,433  0.15%       $2,800  0.29%       $2,361  0.23%       $1,244  0.12%       $1,889  0.19% 1-4 family Residential   284      1.10      ---      ---        ---      ---        ---      ---        ---      --- construction Residential   725      1.48      47       0.09      157      0.30      475      0.85      123      0.30 land Total residential    2,442    0.24      2,847    0.28      2,518    0.23      1,719    0.16      2,012    0.20 loans                                                                                                         Commercial                                                                                               loans Commercial    1,255    0.96      847      0.72      582      0.46      903      0.84      1,677    1.90 business Commercial    4,252    0.91      3,492    0.71      2,397    0.46      3,014    0.54      3,065    0.69 real estate Commercial    1,540    2.38      1,573    2.24      318      0.43      675      0.87      2,271    4.15 land Total commercial     7,047    1.06      5,912    0.87      3,297    0.46      4,592    0.61      7,013    1.16 loans                                                                                                         Consumer loans                                                                                           Home equity   2,758    0.74      4,414    1.15      2,204    0.58      2,017    0.52      3,315    0.95 Manufactured  1,162    0.41      3,241    1.16      2,506    0.90      1,835    0.66      1,502    0.54 housing Marine        154      0.19      284      0.37      227      0.33      300      0.50      358      0.71 Other         177      0.44      384      0.91      742      1.64      626      1.26      445      0.97 consumer Total          4,251    0.55      8,323    1.06      5,679    0.74      4,778    0.62      5,620    0.78 consumerloans Total delinquent     $13,740 0.55%       $17,082 0.68%       $11,494 0.45%       $11,089 0.42%       $14,645 0.62% loans    FIRST FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, INC. NONPERFORMING ASSETS                                                                                                                       March 31, 2013        December 31, 2012     September 30, 2012    June 30, 2012         March 31, 2012 (dollars in    $        % of        $         % of        $         % of        $         % of        $         % of thousands)               Portfolio             Portfolio             Portfolio             Portfolio             Portfolio Residential                                                                                              loans Residential   $7,693  0.80%       $7,137  0.75%       $10,881 1.08%       $10,460 1.02%       $6,649  0.68% 1-4 family Residential   576      1.18      785      1.49      1,558    2.96      1,423    2.54      1,398    3.43 land Total residential    8,269    0.80      7,922    0.77      12,439   1.15      11,883   1.08      8,047    0.78 loans                                                                                                         Commercial                                                                                               loans Commercial    1,813    1.39      1,460    1.23      1,407    1.12      1,198    1.11      1,931    2.19 business Commercial    18,213   3.89      18,386   3.74      15,853   3.05      15,918   2.87      18,474   4.13 real estate Commercial    ---      ---       247      23.21     247      13.71     261      1.52      261      1.60 construction Commercial    3,845    5.95      4,058    5.79      2,990    4.02      4,577    5.87      5,240    9.56 land Total commercial     23,871   3.60      24,151   3.55      20,497   2.84      21,954   2.89      25,906   4.27 loans                                                                                                         Consumer loans                                                                                           Home equity   9,295    2.49      10,049   2.61      10,145   2.67      10,636   2.74      9,779    2.81 Manufactured  3,085    1.09      3,355    1.20      2,221    0.80      2,197    0.79      2,648    0.96 housing Marine        125      0.16      139      0.18      90       0.13      29       0.05      63       0.12 Other         265      0.66      275      0.65      228      0.50      306      0.62      131      0.29 consumer Total          12,770   1.65      13,818   1.77      12,684   1.64      13,168   1.70      12,621   1.75 consumerloans Total nonaccrual     44,910   1.81      45,891   1.84      45,620   1.77      47,005   1.79      46,574   1.98 loans Loans 90+ days 6                   43                  74                  75                  51        still accruing Restructured loans, still   3,768               3,536               3,340               2,857               3,276     accruing Total nonperforming  48,684   1.97%       49,470   1.98%       49,034   1.90%       49,937   1.90%       49,901   2.12% loans Other repossessed    16,310              18,338              21,579              28,191              21,818    assets acquired Total nonperforming  $64,994            $67,808            $70,613            $78,128            $71,719  assets    FIRST FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, INC. NET CHARGE-OFFS                                                                                                                       March 31, 2013        December 31, 2012     September 30, 2012    June 30, 2012         March 31, 2012 (dollars in    $       % of       $       % of       $       % of       $       % of       $       % of thousands)               Portfolio*           Portfolio*           Portfolio*           Portfolio*           Portfolio* Residential                                                                                              loans Residential   $1,215  0.50%       $2,756  1.10%       $294    0.12%       $1,070  0.42%       $507    0.21% 1-4 family Residential   (144)    (1.13)      257      1.89      403      2.91      78       0.59      701      6.75 land Total residential    1,071    0.41      3,013    1.13      697      0.26      1,148    0.42      1,208    0.47 loans                                                                                                         Commercial                                                                                               loans Commercial    268      0.90      126      0.42      924      3.22      334      1.34      825      3.60 business Commercial    2,089    1.74      588      0.46      1,994    1.47      714      0.54      1,462    1.30 real estate Commercial    5        1.67      (1)      (0.41)     11       0.56      (2)      (0.05)     (2)      (0.05) construction Commercial    21       0.13      89       0.48      1,037    5.43      723      4.00      1,439    9.87 land Total commercial     2,383    1.43      802      0.46      3,966    2.14      1,769    0.99      3,724    2.41 loans                                                                                                         Consumer loans                                                                                           Home equity   1,346    1.42      1,343    1.44      1,125    1.17      2,580    2.71      2,264    2.57 Manufactured  1,019    1.45      899      1.29      778      1.12      666      0.97      1,467    2.13 housing Marine        74       0.38      (19)     (0.11)     146      0.88      82       0.60      361      2.83 Other         170      1.64      295      2.51      269      2.22      428      3.48      469      3.90 consumer Total          2,609    1.34      2,518    1.31      2,318    1.20      3,756    1.98      4,561    2.51 consumerloans Total net      $6,063  0.98%       $6,333  0.99%       $6,981  1.07%       $6,673  1.04%       $9,493  1.60% charge-offs  *Represents an annualized rate                                                                   FIRST FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, INC. NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)                                                                                    As of and for the Quarters Ended (dollars in         March 31,   December    September   June 30,    March 31, thousands, except   2013        31,         30,         2012        2012 per share data)                 2012        2012 Efficiency Ratio                                                 Net interest income $33,138  $35,089  $33,197  $31,713  $28,252 (A) Taxable equivalent  158       168       184       226       182 adjustment (B) Noninterest income  15,837    16,173    14,548    32,530    13,182 (C) (Loss) gain on      ---       (661)      ---       14,550    --- acquisition (D) Net securities      (268)      (144)      189       3,398     (69) (losses) gains (E) FDIC true-up liability release   1,321     ---       ---       ---       --- (F) Noninterest expense 35,120    35,357    33,029    39,250    28,709 (G) FHLB prepayment termination charge  ---       ---       ---       8,525     --- (H) Efficiency Ratio: (G-H)/(A+B+C-D-E-F) 73.04%      67.69%      69.19%      66.05%      68.87% (non-GAAP)                                                                 Tangible Assets and Tangible Common                                                  Equity Total assets        $          $          $          $          $                     3,216,647  3,215,558  3,245,487  3,304,174  3,145,538 Other intangible    (7,573)    (8,025)    (8,478)    (8,931)    (2,310) assets Tangible assets    $          $          $          $          $ (non-GAAP)          3,209,074  3,207,533  3,237,009  3,295,243  3,143,228                                                                 Total shareholders' $304,689 $299,641 $292,500 $287,264 $278,043 equity Preferred stock     (65,000)   (65,000)   (65,000)   (65,000)   (65,000) Other intangible    (7,573)    (8,025)    (8,478)    (8,931)    (2,310) assets Tangible common    $232,116 $226,616 $219,022 $213,333 $210,733 equity (non-GAAP)                                                                 Shares outstanding, end of period       16,533    16,527    16,527    16,527    16,527 (000s)                                                                 Tangible common equity to tangible  7.23%       7.07%       6.77%       6.47%       6.70% assets (non-GAAP) Book value per      $14.50   $14.20   $13.77   $13.45   $12.89 common share Tangible book value per common share    14.04     13.71     13.25     12.91     12.75 (non-GAAP)                                                                 Pre-tax Pre-provision                                                    Earnings Income before       $7,883   $11,744  $10,183  $20,296  $5,980 income taxes Provision for loan  5,972     4,161     4,533     4,697     6,745 losses Pre-tax pre-provision       $13,855  $15,905  $14,716  $24,993  $12,725 earnings (non-GAAP)                                                                 Impact of Improved Performance of Cape                                              Fear Loan Pool Net interest income $33,138  $35,089  $33,197  $31,713  $28,252 Tax equivalent      158       168       184       226       182 adjustment Net interest income on taxable          33,296    35,257    33,381    31,939    28,434 equivalent basis (A) Effect of Cape Fear incremental         (3,849)    (4,048)    (472)      ---       --- accretion Net interest income, adjusted    $29,447  $31,209  $32,909  $31,939  $28,434 (B) (non-GAAP)                                                                 Average earning     $          $          $          $          $ assets (C)          2,978,227  2,994,982  3,061,432  3,142,597  2,967,614 Net interest margin 4.51%       4.69%       4.35%       4.08%       3.84% (A)/(C)^1 Net interest margin, adjusted    3.99%       4.15%       4.29%       4.08%       3.84% (B)/(C) (non-GAAP)^1  ^1 Represents an annualized rate; calculation is approximate due to differences in industry standards for annualizing underlying average earning assets.  CONTACT: First Financial Holdings, Inc.          Blaise B. Bettendorf          Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer          (843) 529-5931 or (843) 529-5456          investorrelations@firstfinancialholdings.com          bbettendorf@firstfinancialholdings.com