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September 25, 2013

Will Beecher Joins SCBT Wealth Management Group

(CHARLESTON, SC – September 23, 2012) SCBT announced today that Will Beecher has joined its Wealth Management Group as senior vice president and trust advisor for the Charleston market.

“We are excited to have Will join the SCBT Wealth Management team,” said Ann Gluse, senior vice president and director of trust services for SCBT Wealth Management Group. “His leadership and experience will be a valuable asset as we continue to grow our Coastal Carolina market. His extensive knowledge of trust administration combined with his ability to build lasting relationships has been a key to his success.”

With over a decade of wealth management experience, Beecher will focus primarily on trust and estate planning, relationship management and business development for the Coastal South Carolina markets of SCBT and First Federal.

Prior to joining SCBT, Beecher spent nearly 10 years with Wachovia/Wells Fargo, most recently as senior vice president and trust specialist for the Charleston market.

Beecher attended Brigham Young University and earned an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of North Florida. He is also a Certified Financial PlannerTM and a Certified Trust & Financial Advisor (CTFA).

An active member of the community, Beecher serves on the board of the Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina and on the South Carolina Banker’s Association trust committee. He is also a member of the Charleston Estate Planning Council and is a graduate of Leadership Charleston.

A native of Douglas, Georgia, Beecher has been a resident of the Charleston area since 2007. He and his wife Heather have two children and currently reside in Mount Pleasant, SC. Beecher is the son of Bill and Angela Beecher and the son-in-law of Cheryl DeBerry and the late David DeBerry of Ocilla. He is also the grandson of the late Billy and Edith Smith, and Eston and Isabel Beecher of Douglas.

First Financial Holdings, Inc., (NASDAQ: SCBT) Columbia, South Carolina is a registered bank holding company incorporated under the laws of South Carolina. The Company consists of SCBT, the Bank and the following divisions: NCBT, Community Bank & Trust, The Savannah Bank, and First Federal. The Bank also operates Minis & Co., Inc. and First Southeast 401k Fiduciaries, both registered investment advisors; and First Southeast Investor Services, a wholly owned broker dealer. Providing financial services for over 79 years, First Financial Holdings, Inc. operates 146 locations in 19 South Carolina counties, 12 Georgia counties and 4 North Carolina counties. First Financial Holdings, Inc. has assets of approximately $8.0 billion and its stock is traded under the symbol SCBT in the NASDAQ Global Select Market.

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