Hanmi Financial Declares Cash Dividend of $0.07 Per Share

Hanmi Financial Declares Cash Dividend of $0.07 Per Share

LOS ANGELES, March 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hanmi Financial Corporation
(Nasdaq:HAFC) ("Hanmi"), the holding company for Hanmi Bank, today announced
that its Board of Directors declared a cash dividend on its common stock of
$0.07 per share. The dividend will be paid on or about April 18, 2014, to
Hanmi's stockholders of record as of the close of business on March 24, 2014.

"This quarterly cash dividend reflects our commitment to return value to
shareholders, and it is a testament to the strength of our core banking
franchise and the performance of our team members," said C. G. Kum, President
and Chief Executive Officer. At the stock price of $24.41 per share at the
close of the market on March 14, 2014, the current dividend equates to a yield
of 1.15% on an annualized basis.

The payment of cash dividends remains subject to review by the appropriate
regulatory authorities on a quarterly basis.

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

This press release contains forward-looking statements, which are included in
accordance with the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking
statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "expects,"
"plans," "intends," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts,"
"potential," or "continue," or the negative of such terms and other comparable
terminology. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the
forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results,
levels of activity, performance or achievements. All statements other than
statements of historical fact are "forward–looking statements" for purposes of
federal and state securities laws, including, but not limited to, statements
about anticipated future operating and financial performance, financial
position and liquidity, business strategies, regulatory and competitive
outlook, investment and expenditure plans, capital and financing needs and
availability, plans and objectives of management for future operations,
developments regarding our capital plans, strategic alternatives for a
possible business combination, merger or sale transaction, including our
acquisition of Central Bancorp, Inc., and other similar forecasts and
statements of expectation and statements of assumption underlying any of the
foregoing. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and
other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity,
performance or achievements to differ from those expressed or implied by the
forward-looking statement. These factors include the following: failure to
maintain adequate levels of capital and liquidity to support our operations;
the effect of potential future supervisory action against us or Hanmi Bank;
general economic and business conditions internationally, nationally and in
those areas in which we operate; volatility and deterioration in the credit
and equity markets; changes in consumer spending, borrowing and savings
habits; availability of capital from private and government sources;
demographic changes; competition for loans and deposits and failure to attract
or retain loans and deposits; fluctuations in interest rates and a decline in
the level of our interest rate spread; risks of natural disasters related to
our real estate portfolio; risks associated with Small Business Administration
loans; failure to attract or retain key employees; changes in governmental
regulation, including, but not limited to, any increase in FDIC insurance
premiums; ability of Hanmi Bank to make distributions to Hanmi Financial,
which is restricted by certain factors, including Hanmi Bank's retained
earnings, net income, prior distributions made, and certain other financial
tests; ability to identify a suitable strategic partner or to consummate a
strategic transaction; ability of the parties to obtain required regulatory
approvals and satisfy other closing conditions with respect to our acquisition
of Central Bancorp, Inc.; adequacy of our allowance for loan losses; credit
quality and the effect of credit quality on our provision for credit losses
and allowance for loan losses; changes in the financial performance and/or
condition of our borrowers and the ability of our borrowers to perform under
the terms of their loans and other terms of credit agreements; our ability to
control expenses; and changes in securities markets. In addition, we set forth
certain risks in our reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission ("SEC"), including, in Item 1A of our Form 10-K for the year ended
December 31, 2012, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and current and
periodic reports that we will file with the SEC hereafter, which could cause
actual results to differ from those projected. We undertake no obligation to
update such forward-looking statements except as required by law.

CONTACT: Hanmi Financial Corporation
         Mark Yoon, CFA CPA CVA
         EVP & CFO
         213-427-5636
        
         Investor Relations Contact:
         The Cereghino Group
         206-388-5788
         www.stockvalues.com
 
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