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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) January 7, 2019

First Financial Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Indiana
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
  000-16759
(Commission
File Number)
  35-1546989
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

P. O. Box 540, Terre Haute, Indiana 47808
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code 812-238-6334

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2 below):

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Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act

o
Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act

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Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act

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Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2).

Emerging growth company o

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o

   


Item 1.01    Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement

        On January 7, 2019, First Financial Corporation ("First Financial") entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the "Merger Agreement") with HopFed Bancorp, Inc., a Delaware corporation ("HopFed"). Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, HopFed will merge with and into First Financial, with First Financial as the surviving corporation (the "Merger"). Immediately following the Merger, Heritage Bank USA, Inc., a Kentucky commercial bank and wholly-owned subsidiary of HopFed, will merge with and into First Financial Bank, N.A., the wholly-owned national banking association subsidiary of First Financial ("First Financial Bank"), with First Financial Bank as the surviving bank. The Merger Agreement will be filed as an amendment to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

        The boards of directors of each of First Financial and HopFed have approved the Merger and the Merger Agreement. Subject to the approval of the Merger by HopFed's stockholders, regulatory approvals, and other customary closing conditions, the parties anticipate completing the Merger in the second quarter of 2019.

        Upon completion of the Merger, each HopFed stockholder may elect to receive either (or a combination of) 0.444 shares of First Financial common stock or $21.00 in cash for each share of HopFed's common stock, subject to proration provisions specified in the Merger Agreement that provide for an aggregate split of 50% of HopFed shares being exchanged for First Financial common stock and 50% for cash. Based on First Financial's January 4, 2019 closing price of $43.01 per share as reported on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, the transaction has an implied valuation of approximately $128.3 million.

        Members of the board of directors of HopFed, in their capacity as stockholders, have entered into voting agreements pursuant to which they have agreed to vote their shares of HopFed common stock in favor of the approval and adoption of the Merger Agreement and the Merger. The form of voting agreement is attached to the Merger Agreement and will be filed as an amendment to this Current Report on Form 8-K. In addition, pursuant to the Merger Agreement and subject to certain terms and conditions, the board of directors of HopFed has agreed to recommend the approval and adoption of the Merger Agreement and the Merger to the HopFed stockholders and will solicit proxies voting in favor of the Merger Agreement and Merger from HopFed's stockholders.

        First Financial and certain stockholders of HopFed entered into a Standstill Agreement pursuant to which such stockholders agreed to vote in favor of the approval of the Merger Agreement and the consummation of the transactions contemplated thereby, including the Merger, and any actions required in furtherance thereof. The stockholders who entered into a Standstill Agreement include Stilwell Activist Fund, L.P., Stilwell Activist Investments, L.P., Stilwell Associates, L.P., Stilwell Value LLC, and Joseph Stilwell. A copy of the Standstill Agreement will be filed as an amendment to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

        The Merger Agreement contains customary representations and warranties from both First Financial and HopFed, and each party has agreed to customary covenants, including, among others, in the case of HopFed covenants relating to (1) the conduct of its business during the interim period between the execution of the Merger Agreement and the effective time of the Merger, (2) its obligation to call a meeting of its stockholders to adopt the Merger Agreement, (3) its obligation, subject to certain exceptions, to recommend that its stockholders approve the Merger Agreement and the Merger, and (4) its obligations relating to the non-solicitation of alternative acquisition proposals.

        The Merger Agreement also provides certain termination rights for both First Financial and HopFed, and further provides that upon termination of the Merger Agreement under certain circumstances, HopFed will be obligated to pay First Financial a termination fee of $5.1 million. Also, HopFed may terminate the Merger Agreement if, during the seven-day period following the receipt of all regulatory and stockholder approvals and consents necessary for consummation of the Merger, both (i) the average daily closing sales prices of a share of First Financial common stock during the 20 consecutive trading days (counting only days on which shares actually traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market) before the date of receipt of the approvals and consents is less than $41.29, and


(ii) First Financial's share price declines by an amount that is at least 20% greater than the corresponding price decline in the NASDAQ Bank Index.

        As referenced above, the consummation of the Merger is subject to various conditions, including (i) receipt of the requisite approval of the Merger Agreement and Merger by the stockholders of HopFed, (ii) receipt of all required regulatory approvals, (iii) the absence of any law or order prohibiting the closing of the Merger, and (iv) the effectiveness of the registration statement to be filed by First Financial with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") with respect to the First Financial common stock to be issued in the Merger. In addition HopFed's consolidated stockholders' equity as of the end of the month prior to the effective time of the Merger, after certain adjustments, must not be less than $87.17 million. To the extent that the actual consolidated stockholders' equity is less than such amount, the merger consideration will be reduced dollar for dollar.

        Each party's obligation to consummate the Merger is subject to certain other conditions, including the accuracy of the representations and warranties of the other party and compliance of the other party with its covenants.

        The foregoing description of the Merger Agreement, the Voting Agreement, and the Standstill Agreement is not complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Merger Agreement, the Voting Agreement, and the Standstill Agreement, which will be filed as an amendment to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

        The representations, warranties, and covenants contained in the Merger Agreement were made only for purposes of the Merger Agreement and as of specific dates, were solely for the benefit of the parties to the Merger Agreement, and are subject to limitations agreed upon by the contracting parties, including being qualified by confidential disclosures exchanged between the parties in connection with the execution of the Merger Agreement. The representations and warranties may have been made for the purposes of allocating contractual risk between the parties to the Merger Agreement instead of establishing these matters as facts, and may be subject to standards of materiality applicable to the contracting parties that differ from those applicable to investors. Investors are not third-party beneficiaries under the Merger Agreement and should not rely on the representations, warranties, and covenants or any descriptions thereof as characterizations of the actual state of facts or conditions. Moreover, information concerning the subject matter of the representations and warranties may change after the date of the Merger Agreement, which subsequent information may or may not be fully reflected in the parties' public disclosures.

Item 8.01    Other Events

        In connection with the execution of the Merger Agreement discussed in Item 1.01 above, First Financial and HopFed issued a joint press release. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated by reference herein.

        In addition, First Financial intends to provide supplemental information regarding the proposed transaction in connection with presentations to analysts and investors. A copy of the slides that will be made available in connection with the presentations is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.2.

Forward-Looking Statements

        Certain statements contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K, which are not statements of historical fact, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, certain plans, expectations, goals, projections, and benefits relating to the Merger, which are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties. Words such as "believes," "anticipates," "may," "will," "should," "likely," "expected," "estimated," "intends," "future," "plan," "goal," "seek," "project," and other similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements. Please refer to each of First Financial's and HopFed's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, as well as their other filings with the SEC, for a


more detailed discussion of risks, uncertainties, and factors that could cause actual results to differ from those discussed in the forward-looking statements.

        Forward-looking statements are not historical facts, but instead express only management's beliefs regarding future results or events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of management's control. It is possible that actual results and outcomes may differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated results or outcomes indicated in these forward-looking statements. In addition to factors previously disclosed in reports filed by First Financial and HopFed with the SEC, risks and uncertainties for First Financial, HopFed, and the combined company include, but are not limited to: the possibility that any of the anticipated benefits of the Merger will not be realized or will not be realized within the expected time period; the risk that integration of HopFed's operations with those of First Financial will be materially delayed or will be more costly or difficult than expected; the inability to close the Merger in a timely manner; the inability to complete the Merger due to the failure of HopFed's stockholders to adopt the Merger Agreement; diversion of management's attention from ongoing business operations and opportunities; the failure to satisfy other conditions to completion of the Merger, including receipt of required regulatory and other approvals; the failure of the Merger to close for any other reason; the challenges of integrating and retaining key employees; the effect of the announcement of the Merger on First Financial's, HopFed's, or the combined company's respective customer relationships, operating results, or market price; the possibility that the Merger may be more expensive to complete than anticipated, including as a result of unexpected or unknown factors, events, or liabilities; potential litigation or regulatory action related to the Merger; and general competitive, economic, political and market conditions, and fluctuations. All forward-looking statements included in this Current Report on Form 8-K are made as of the date hereof and are based on information available at the time of the Current Report on Form 8-K. Except as required by law, neither First Financial nor HopFed assumes any obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

Important Additional Information and Where to Find It

        In connection with the Merger, First Financial intends to file a registration statement on Form S-4 with the SEC, which will include a proxy statement of HopFed and a prospectus of First Financial, and each party will file other documents regarding the Merger with the SEC. A definitive proxy statement/prospectus will also be sent to the HopFed stockholders entitled to vote at the special meeting relating to the Merger. Before making any voting or investment decision, HopFed stockholders are urged to carefully read the entire registration statement and proxy statement/prospectus and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC, including any amendments or supplements thereto and any documents incorporated by reference therein, when they become available because they will contain important information about the Merger.

        The registration statement and proxy statement/prospectus and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC (when they become available) and any other documents filed by First Financial or HopFed with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. In addition, these documents filed by First Financial may be obtained free of charge at the "Investor Relations" section of First Financial's website at www.first-online.com and the documents filed by HopFed may be obtained free of charge at the "Investor Relations" section of HopFed's website at www.bankwithheritage.com. Alternatively, these documents can be obtained free of charge from First Financial upon written request to First Financial Corporation, Attention: Rodger A. McHargue, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary, One First Financial Plaza, P.O. Box 540, Terre Haute, Indiana 47808 or by calling (812) 238-6000 or from HopFed upon written request to HopFed Bancorp, Inc., Attention: Michael Woolfolk, Secretary, P.O. Box 537, Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42241 or by calling (270) 887-8400.

Proxy Solicitation

        First Financial, HopFed, and their directors, executive officers, and certain other persons may be deemed, under SEC rules, to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from HopFed's stockholders in connection with the Merger. Information regarding the interests of such individuals in the Merger will be included in the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus when they become


available. You may obtain information about First Financial's executive officers and directors in First Financial's definitive proxy statement for its 2018 annual meeting of shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 14, 2018. You may obtain information about HopFed's executive officers and directors in HopFed's definitive proxy statement for its 2018 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 20, 2018. To the extent holdings of such participants in First Financial's or HopFed's respective securities are not reported, or have changed since the amounts described in the previously mentioned proxy statements, such changes have been reflected on Initial Statements of Beneficial Ownership on Form 3 or Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC. Free copies of these documents may be obtained as described above.

No Offer or Sale

        This Current Report on Form 8-K shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction. This Current Report on Form 8-K is also not a solicitation of any vote in any jurisdiction pursuant to the Merger or otherwise. No offer of securities or solicitation will be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. This Current Report on Form 8-K is not a substitute for the proxy statement/prospectus that will be filed with the SEC.

Item 9.01    Financial Statements and Exhibits


EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit No.   Description
  2.1   Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated January 7, 2019, by and between First Financial Corporation and HopFed Bancorp, Inc.* (Schedules have been omitted pursuant to Item 601(b)(2) of Regulation S-K. First Financial hereby undertakes to Furnish copies of any of the omitted schedules upon request by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission)
        
  10.1   Form of Voting Agreement, dated January 7, 2019*
        
  10.2   Standstill Agreement, dated December 21, 2018*
        
  10.3   Form of Mutual Termination of Employment Agreement*
        
  10.4   Employment Agreement, dated January 7, 2019, by and among John E. Peck, First Financial Bank and First Financial Corporation*
        
  10.5   Retention Bonus Agreement, dated January 7, 2019, by and between John E. Peck and First Financial Bank*
        
  10.6   Form of Non-Disclosure and Non-Solicitation Agreement*
        
  99.1   Press Release, dated January 7, 2019
        
  99.2   Investor Presentation, dated January 7, 2019

*
To be filed by amendment


SIGNATURES

        Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Dated: January 8, 2019   By   /s/ RODGER A. MCHARGUE

Rodger A. McHargue
Treasurer and CFO
(Principal Financial Officer)



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Exhibit 99.1

 
   
   
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2019


First Financial Corporation and HopFed Bancorp, Inc.
Sign Merger Agreement

        TERRE HAUTE, IN and HOPKINSVILLE, KY (January 7, 2019)—First Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: THFF) ("First Financial") and HopFed Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: HFBC) ("HFBC") jointly announced today the execution of a definitive merger agreement under which HFBC will merge into First Financial in a cash and stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, Heritage Bank USA, Inc. ("Heritage"), a wholly owned subsidiary of HFBC, will merge into First Financial Bank, N.A. ("First Financial Bank"), a wholly owned subsidiary of First Financial.

        Under the terms of the merger agreement, which was unanimously approved by the boards of both companies, stockholders of HFBC may elect to receive either (or a combination of) 0.444 shares of First Financial common stock or $21.00 in cash for each share of HFBC common stock owned, subject to proration provisions specified in the merger agreement that provide for a targeted aggregate split of 50% of HFBC shares being exchanged for First Financial common stock and 50% for cash. Based upon First Financial's closing price of $43.01 on January 4, 2019, and assuming that a stockholder received 50% stock and 50% cash, the purchase price would be worth $20.05 per share, with an aggregate transaction value of approximately $128.3 million.

        HFBC, headquartered in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, has approximately $905 million in consolidated assets and through Heritage operates 18 bank branches and 3 loan production offices in Kentucky and Tennessee. Heritage has 11 branch offices in Kentucky in the communities of Benton, Cadiz, Calvert City, Elkton, Fulton, Hopkinsville and Murray, and seven branch offices in Tennessee in the communities of Ashland City, Clarksville, Erin, Kingston Springs and Pleasant View.

        First Financial, headquartered in Terre Haute, Indiana, has assets of approximately $3.0 billion and operates 65 banking centers in east-central Illinois and west-central Indiana through First Financial Bank. If the proposed merger is completed as expected, it is anticipated that First Financial will have total combined consolidated assets of approximately $3.9 billion.

        "This acquisition is exciting for our company. Heritage provides us with an opportunity to leverage our capabilities and expand into new markets. We look forward to continuing Heritage's commitment to its customers and the communities it serves," commented Norman L. Lowery, President and CEO of First Financial.

        John Peck, President and CEO of HFBC, added, "We are pleased for our stakeholders. The agreement with First Financial provides us with stability and growth opportunities that will allow our customers to continue to enjoy a great relationship with a strong community-focused financial organization."

        The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including, but not limited to, receipt of regulatory and HFBC stockholder approvals. First Financial will be the surviving company and will continue its existence under the laws of the State of Indiana.


        First Financial was advised by the investment banking firm of Raymond James & Associates, Inc. and the law firm of SmithAmundsen LLC. HFBC was advised by the investment banking firm of Sandler O'Neill + Partners, L.P. and the law firm of Jones Walker LLP, Washington, D.C. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. rendered a fairness opinion to HFBC in connection with the transaction.

About First Financial Corporation

        First Financial is a financial holding company headquartered in Terre Haute, Indiana. It offers a wide variety of financial services including commercial, mortgage and consumer lending, lease financing, trust account services and depositor services through its subsidiaries, First Financial Bank and The Morris Plan Company of Terre Haute, Inc. First Financial provides the largest financial services delivery system in its service area, with 65 banking centers in east-central Illinois and west-central Indiana and more than 100 FirstPlus ATMs. The Morris Plan Company of Terre Haute, Inc. offers loans to consumers, savings accounts and certificates of deposit. For more information and financial data, please visit the "Investor Relations" section of First Financial's website at www.first-online.com.

About HopFed Bancorp

        HFBC is the holding company for Heritage, a Kentucky state chartered commercial bank headquartered in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Heritage has 18 branch offices in western Kentucky and middle Tennessee and loan production offices in Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Brentwood, Tennessee. Heritage offers a broad line of banking and financial products and services with the personalized focus of a community banking organization. For more information about Heritage and HFBC visit the "Investor Relations" section of HFBC's website at www.bankwithheritage.com.

Important Additional Information About the Merger

        In connection with the proposed merger, First Financial intends to file a registration statement on Form S-4 with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which will include a proxy statement of HFBC and a prospectus of First Financial, and each party will file other documents regarding the proposed merger with the SEC. A definitive proxy statement/prospectus will also be sent to the HFBC stockholders entitled to vote at the special meeting relating to the proposed merger. Before making any voting or investment decision, HFBC stockholders are urged to carefully read the entire registration statement and proxy statement/prospectus and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC, including any amendments or supplements thereto and any documents incorporated by reference therein, when they become available because they will contain important information about the proposed merger.

        The registration statement and proxy statement/prospectus and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC (when they become available) and any other documents filed by First Financial or HFBC with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. In addition, these documents filed by First Financial may be obtained free of charge at the "Investor Relations" section of First Financial's website at www.first-online.com and the documents filed by HFBC may be obtained free of charge at the "Investor Relations" section of HFBC's website at www.bankwithheritage.com. Alternatively, these documents can be obtained free of charge from First Financial upon written request to First Financial Corporation, Attention: Rodger A. McHargue, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary, One First Financial Plaza, P.O. Box 540, Terre Haute, Indiana 47808 or by calling (812) 238-6000 or from HFBC upon written request to HopFed Bancorp, Inc., Attention: Michael Woolfolk, Secretary, P.O. Box 537, Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42241 or by calling (270) 887-8400.

Proxy Solicitation

        First Financial, HFBC, and their directors, executive officers, and certain other persons may be deemed, under SEC rules, to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from HFBC's stockholders in connection with the proposed merger. Information regarding the interests of such individuals in the


proposed merger will be included in the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus when they become available. You may obtain information about First Financial's executive officers and directors in First Financial's definitive proxy statement for its 2018 annual meeting of shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 14, 2018. You may obtain information about HFBC's executive officers and directors in HFBC's definitive proxy statement for its 2018 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 20, 2018. To the extent holdings of such participants in First Financial's or HFBC's respective securities are not reported, or have changed since the amounts described in the previously mentioned proxy statements, such changes have been reflected on Initial Statements of Beneficial Ownership on Form 3 or Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC. Free copies of these documents may be obtained as described above.

No Offer or Sale

        This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction. This press release is also not a solicitation of any vote in any jurisdiction pursuant to the proposed merger or otherwise. No offer of securities or solicitation will be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. This press release is not a substitute for the proxy statement/prospectus that will be filed with the SEC.

Forward-Looking Statements

        Certain statements contained in this press release, which are not statements of historical fact, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, certain plans, expectations, goals, projections, and benefits relating to the proposed merger between First Financial and HFBC, which are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties. Words such as "believes," "anticipates," "may," "will," "should," "likely," "expected," "estimated," "intends," "future," "plan," "goal," "seek," "project," and other similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements. Please refer to each of First Financial's and HFBC's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, as well as their other filings with the SEC, for a more detailed discussion of risks, uncertainties, and factors that could cause actual results to differ from those discussed in the forward-looking statements.

        Forward-looking statements are not historical facts but instead express only management's beliefs regarding future results or events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of management's control. It is possible that actual results and outcomes may differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated results or outcomes indicated in these forward-looking statements. In addition to factors previously disclosed in reports filed by First Financial and HFBC with the SEC, risks and uncertainties for First Financial, HFBC, and the combined company include, but are not limited to: the possibility that any of the anticipated benefits of the proposed merger will not be realized or will not be realized within the expected time period; the risk that integration of HFBC's operations with those of First Financial will be materially delayed or will be more costly or difficult than expected; the inability to close the proposed merger in a timely manner; the inability to complete the proposed merger due to the failure of HFBC's stockholders to adopt the merger agreement; diversion of management's attention from ongoing business operations and opportunities; the failure to satisfy other conditions to completion of the proposed merger, including receipt of required regulatory and other approvals; the failure of the proposed merger to close for any other reason; the challenges of integrating and retaining key employees; the effect of the announcement of the proposed merger on First Financial's, HFBC's, or the combined company's respective customer relationships, operating results, or market price; the possibility that the proposed merger may be more expensive to complete than anticipated, including as a result of unexpected or unknown factors, events, or liabilities; potential litigation or regulatory action related to the proposed merger; and general competitive, economic, political and market conditions, and fluctuations. All forward-looking statements included in this press


release are made as of the date hereof and are based on information available at the time of the press release. Except as required by law, neither First Financial nor HFBC assumes any obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

Contacts:

First Financial Corporation
Norman L. Lowery, 812-238-6487
President and CEO

HopFed Bancorp, Inc.
John E. Peck, 270-885-1171
President and CEO




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Section 3: EX-99.2 (EX-99.2)


Exhibit 99.2

 

Announcing acquisition of HopFed Bancorp, Inc. January 7, 2019

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Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure Certain statements contained in this presentation, which are not statements of historical fact, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, certain plans, expectations, goals, projections, and benefits relating to the proposed merger between First Financial Corporation (“First Financial”) and HopFed Bancorp, Inc. (“HFBC”), which are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties. Words such as ‘‘believes,’’ ‘‘anticipates,’’ “may,” “will,” “should,” “likely,” “expected,” “estimated,” ‘‘intends,’’ “future,” “plan,” “goal,” “seek,” “project,” and other similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements. Please refer to each of First Financial’s and HFBC’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, as well as their other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), for a more detailed discussion of risks, uncertainties, and factors that could cause actual results to differ from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not historical facts but instead express only management’s beliefs regarding future results or events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of management’s control. It is possible that actual results and outcomes may differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated results or outcomes indicated in these forward-looking statements. In addition to factors previously disclosed in reports filed by First Financial and HFBC with the SEC, risks and uncertainties for First Financial, HFBC, and the combined company include, but are not limited to: the possibility that any of the anticipated benefits of the proposed merger will not be realized or will not be realized within the expected time period; the risk that integration of HFBC’s operations with those of First Financial will be materially delayed or will be more costly or difficult than expected; the inability to close the proposed merger in a timely manner; the inability to complete the proposed merger due to the failure of HFBC’s stockholders to adopt the merger agreement; diversion of management's attention from ongoing business operations and opportunities; the failure to satisfy other conditions to completion of the proposed merger, including receipt of required regulatory and other approvals; the failure of the proposed merger to close for any other reason; the challenges of integrating and retaining key employees; the effect of the announcement of the proposed merger on First Financial’s, HFBC’s, or the combined company's respective customer relationships, operating results, or market price; the possibility that the proposed merger may be more expensive to complete than anticipated, including as a result of unexpected or unknown factors, events, or liabilities; potential litigation or regulatory action related to the proposed merger; and general competitive, economic, political and market conditions, and fluctuations. All forward-looking statements included in this presentation are made as of the date hereof and are based on information available at the time of the presentation. Except as required by law, neither First Financial nor HFBC assumes any obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

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Important Additional Information About the Merger In connection with the proposed merger, First Financial intends to file a registration statement on Form S-4 with the SEC, which will include a proxy statement of HFBC and a prospectus of First Financial, and each party will file other documents regarding the proposed merger with the SEC. A definitive proxy statement/prospectus will also be sent to the HFBC stockholders entitled to vote at the special meeting relating to the proposed merger. Before making any voting or investment decision, HFBC stockholders are urged to carefully read the entire registration statement and proxy statement/prospectus and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC, including any amendments or supplements thereto and any documents incorporated by reference therein, when they become available because they will contain important information about the proposed merger. The registration statement and proxy statement/prospectus and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC (when they become available) and any other documents filed by First Financial or HFBC with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, these documents filed by First Financial may be obtained free of charge at the “Investor Relations” section of First Financial’s website at www.first-online.com and the documents filed by HFBC may be obtained free of charge at the “Investor Relations” section of HFBC’s website at www.bankwithheritage.com. Alternatively, these documents can be obtained free of charge from First Financial upon written request to First Financial Corporation, Attention: Rodger A. McHargue, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary, One First Financial Plaza, P.O. Box 540, Terre Haute, Indiana 47808 or by calling (812) 238-6000 or from HFBC upon written request to HopFed Bancorp, Inc., Attention: Michael Woolfolk, Secretary, P.O. Box 537, Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42241 or by calling (270) 887-8400. Proxy Solicitation First Financial, HFBC, and their directors, executive officers, and certain other persons may be deemed, under SEC rules, to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from HFBC’s stockholders in connection with the proposed merger. Information regarding the interests of such individuals in the proposed merger will be included in the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus when they become available. You may obtain information about First Financial’s executive officers and directors in First Financial’s definitive proxy statement for its 2018 annual meeting of shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 14, 2018. You may obtain information about HFBC’s executive officers and directors in HFBC’s definitive proxy statement for its 2018 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 20, 2018. To the extent holdings of such participants in First Financial’s or HFBC’s respective securities are not reported, or have changed since the amounts described in the previously mentioned proxy statements, such changes have been reflected on Initial Statements of Beneficial Ownership on Form 3 or Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC. Free copies of these documents may be obtained as described above. No Offer or Sale This presentation shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction. This presentation is also not a solicitation of any vote in any jurisdiction pursuant to the proposed merger or otherwise. No offer of securities or solicitation will be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. This presentation is not a substitute for the proxy statement/prospectus that will be filed with the SEC.

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Transaction Rationale Expand footprint into Southwestern Kentucky and Northwestern Tennessee Experienced management team with breadth of long-standing lending & depository relationships Deploy our non-lending products across HopFed’s current footprint and clientele Opportunity to leverage excess capital in a financially attractive transaction Lays foundation for further potential expansion in Western and Central Kentucky Strategic Enter 9 counties, with top 4 deposit market share in 8 of 9 Three loan production offices in the Nashville MSA provide low cost exposure to the rapidly growing Nashville Market Proximity to Nashville and Fort Campbell expected to provide stability for the foreseeable future Markets Significant earnings accretion expected: > 13% in 2020 TBV Dilution Earnback (Crossover Method(1)): approximately 3.8 years IRR: >20% anticipated Financials Conservative and complimentary credit culture Extensive due diligence including review of approximately 40% of loan portfolio Line-item level analysis of non-interest expense to determine savings potential Similar customer-focus and corporate values further limit execution risk Risk Profile (1) Crossover earn back method defined as the number of years for pro forma tangible book value per share to exceed projected standalone tangible book value per share.

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Transaction Terms HopFed Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: HFBC) to be merged into First Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: THFF) Heritage Bank USA, Inc. to be merged into First Financial Bank, N.A. Tax-free reorganization at corporate level Structure Announced transaction value of $20.05 per share or $128.3 million (1) 50% Cash / 50% Common Stock Stockholder election of $21.00 cash or .444 shares of THFF common stock (subject to proration) Termination Fee: ~$5.1 million Pricing & Consideration John Peck, President & CEO of HopFed Bancorp, Inc., will become a Market President Additional key personnel are anticipated to be retained Management Required Approvals & Expected Close Customary closing conditions, including, but not limited to, approval of HFBC Stockholders and receipt of regulatory approvals Expected close: 2nd quarter 2019 Transaction Multiples(2) Price / TBVPS: 152% Price / YTD EPS (Annualized): 23.0x Transaction Assumptions 30% Cost Savings $8.6 million Gross Loan Mark; $9.2 million in Transactions Costs Sources: Definitive Agreement, Company Documents (1) Based on THFF’s closing price of $43.01 as of 01/04/2019 (2) Based on HopFed Bancorp, Inc. unaudited financials as of 9/30/2018

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HopFed Bancorp, Inc. Pro Forma Branch Footprint Company Overview Q3 / 2018 Company Detail Established in 1879 Headquartered in Hopkinsville, KY 18 branches and 3 LPOs across western Kentucky and Tennessee Balance Sheet Total Assets: $905 million Net Loans: $664 million Total Deposits: $727 million Gross Loans / Deposits: 92.0% Indiana Illinois Capital & Credit TCE / TA: 9.66% NPAs / Assets(1): 0.59% NCOs / Average Loans: 0.09% Kentucky Tennessee Annualized Profitability ROAA: 0.55% ROAE: 5.65% Efficiency Ratio: 82.5% Net Interest Margin: 3.41% Cost of Total Deposits: 0.93% Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence (1) NPAs / Assets defined as nonaccrual loans + OREO divided by total assets First Financial Bank, N.A. Heritage Bank USA HopFed Loan Production Offices

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