EXHIBIT 99.1

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For Immediate Release

First Hawaiian, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results and Declares Dividend

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Net income of $67.4 million, or $0.50 per diluted share,  and core net income1 of $70.8 million, or $0.52 per diluted share

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1.31% return on average total assets and 1.45%  core return on average tangible assets1

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11.01% return on average total stockholders’ equity and 19.61%  core return on average tangible stockholders’ equity1

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BNP Paribas (“BNPP”) completed two offerings of our common stock, and First Hawaiian repurchased 1.8 million shares at a total cost of $50 million, reducing BNPP’s ownership from 48.8% to 18.4%

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The number of BNPP-nominated directors decreased from five to two, resulting in a majority of independent directors on the Board

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The Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.24 per share

HONOLULU, Hawaii October 25, 2018 -- (Globe Newswire) -- First Hawaiian, Inc. (NASDAQ:FHB), (“First Hawaiian” or the “Company”) today reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2018.

“I’m pleased with our strong financial performance in the third quarter,” said Bob Harrison, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We had solid core earnings and good expense management, and asset quality remained excellent. Additionally, during the quarter, BNPP made significant progress in exiting its position in First Hawaiian by completing two secondary offerings, which, in conjunction with First Hawaiian’s repurchase of approximately 1.8 million shares, reduced BNPP’s ownership position from 48.8% to 18.4%. Also significant was the change in board composition, as the number of BNPP-nominated directors was decreased from five to two and three prominent members of the local business community, Faye Kurren,  Jenai Wall, and C. Scott Wo, joined the board, resulting in a majority of independent directors.”

On October 24, 2018, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.24 per share. The dividend will be payable on December 7, 2018 to stockholders of record at the close of business on November 26, 2018.

Earnings Highlights

Net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 was $67.4 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, compared to $69.1 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, and $58.4 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2017. Core net income1 for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 was $70.8 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, compared to $69.7 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 20, 2018, and $57.0 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

Net interest income for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 was $141.3 million compared to $141.4 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, and an increase of $7.9 million compared to $133.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2017. Net interest income compared to the second quarter of 2018 was essentially flat, primarily due to higher interest expenses on deposits and borrowings and lower interest income on investments, mostly offset by higher interest income on loans and cash. The second quarter of 2018 included a $1.1 million positive premium amortization adjustment that did not recur in the third quarter. Excluding the premium amortization in the second quarter, third quarter net interest income would have been approximately $1 million higher than second quarter net interest income.  The increase in net interest income compared to the third quarter of 2017 was due to higher interest income on earnings assets from higher rates and balances, partially offset by higher interest expenses due to higher rates on deposits and higher balances of term borrowings.

Net interest margin (“NIM”) was 3.11%, 3.18% and 2.96%, for the quarters ended September 30, 2018, June 30, 2018, and September 30, 2017, respectively. The 7 basis point decrease in NIM versus the prior quarter was primarily due to higher funding costs, a lower premium amortization adjustment, higher cash balances and an additional day in the quarter.

Results for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 included a provision for loan and lease losses of $4.5 million compared to $6.0 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2018 and $4.5 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2017.


The following information was filed by First Hawaiian, Inc. (FHB) on Thursday, October 25, 2018 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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