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HF Financial Corp. Announces Adoption of Majority Voting Policy
Mar 12, 2010 (03:03 PM EST)


SIOUX FALLS, S.D., March 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- HF Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: HFFC) today announced that its board of directors has adopted a majority voting policy for the election of its directors, effective immediately. Under the majority voting policy, if any director nominee receives more "withheld" votes than "for" votes in an uncontested election of directors, his or her resignation will be delivered to the Company's Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the board of directors. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee would then recommend whether to accept the resignation, and the board of directors would make a determination within 90 days after certification of the stockholder vote. The Company intends to post the majority voting policy on its website at www.homefederal.com.

Curtis L. Hage, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We believe that adopting this majority voting policy is in the best interests of the Company and our shareholders, both because we are complying with the standstill agreement we entered into with PL Capital and because majority voting is a sound corporate governance practice."

About HF Financial

HF Financial Corp., based in Sioux Falls, SD, is the parent company for financial service companies, including Home Federal Bank, Mid America Capital Services, Inc., dba Mid America Leasing Company, Hometown Investment Services, Inc. and HF Financial Group, Inc.  As of December 31, 2009, the Company had total assets of $1.2 billion and stockholders' equity of $92.3 million.  The Company is the largest publicly traded savings association headquartered in South Dakota, with 33 offices in 19 communities, which includes a location in Marshall, Minnesota. Internet banking is also available at www.homefederal.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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  • Projections of income, loss, revenues, earnings or losses per share, dividends, capital expenditures, capital structure, tax benefit or other financial items.
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Forward-looking statements about the Company's expected financial results and other plans are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions.  These include, but are not limited to the following: possible legislative changes and adverse economic, business and competitive conditions and developments (such as shrinking interest margins and continued short-term rate environments); additional other-than-temporary impairment credit loss incurred in the Company's trust preferred securities portfolio; deposit outflows; reduced demand for financial services and loan products; changes in accounting policies or guidelines, or in monetary and fiscal policies of the federal government; changes in credit and other risks posed by the Company's loan and lease portfolios; the ability or inability of the Company to manage interest rate and other risks; unexpected or continuing claims against the Company's self-insured health plan; the ability or inability of the Company to successfully enter into a definitive agreement for and close anticipated transactions; technological, computer-related or operational difficulties; adverse changes in securities markets; results of litigation;  and the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC filings, including but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, and its subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made.  The Company does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.  Although the Company believes its expectations are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.  Based upon changing conditions, should any one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in any forward-looking statements.

SOURCE HF Financial Corp.