September 09, 2011 at 14:04 PM EDT
Third Federal Posts "Superior" Ranking for 93 Straight Quarters
BauerFinancial Again Awards Thrift 5 Stars

CLEVELAND, Sept. 9, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Third Federal Savings and Loan (Nasdaq:TFSL) has been recognized by BauerFinancial with its 5-star (superior) rating for the quarter ended June 30, 2011. The thrift has been given this honor since Bauer began rating banks more than 23 years ago.

BauerFinancial, an independent rating agency, collects quarterly data on banks and financial institutions and ranks them based on specific criteria centered on safety and soundness. No institution can pay to be on the list, nor can it elude its inclusion. The latest data is based on Third Federal's third fiscal quarter financial filing.

"We are honored to maintain such recognition from a well-respected, independent source," said Marc A. Stefanski, chairman and CEO of Third Federal. "This superior rating is a continued testament to Third Federal's strength and stability during these turbulent economic times."

Third Federal Savings and Loan is a leading provider of savings and mortgage products. Founded in Cleveland in 1938 as a mutual association by Ben and Gerome Stefanski, Third Federal became a public company in 2007. The Association is dedicated to serving consumers with competitive rates and outstanding service. Third Federal, an equal housing lender, has 22 full service branches in Northeast Ohio, eight lending offices in Central and Southern Ohio, and 17 full service branches throughout Florida. As of March 31, 2011, Third Federal assets totaled $11 billion.

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