First Financial converts to an Ohio state chartered bank

Cincinnati, Ohio – Jan. 3, 2017 – First Financial Bancorp. (Nasdaq: FFBC), today announced that effective as of the close of business on December 30, 2016, its subsidiary, First Financial Bank, National Association, converted from a national association to an Ohio state chartered bank and changed its name to First Financial Bank.

First Financial Bank is now a member bank of the Federal Reserve System through the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. The conversion is not expected to affect the Bank’s clients in any way, and they continue to receive the same protection on deposits through the FDIC.

Claude Davis, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “The charter conversion is a strategic move for the long-term benefit of our shareholders, clients and associates. The charter conversion will not impact any of the products and services we provide to our clients and we will continue to deliver the highest level of service they have come to expect from us every day.”

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