Rockville Financial, Inc. (RCKB) Announces First-Ever Special Cash Dividend

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ROCKVILLE, Conn., Nov. 21, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rockville Financial, Inc. ("Rockville Financial" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:RCKB), the holding company for Rockville Bank (the "Bank"), announced today that its Board of Directors voted to pay a special cash dividend of $0.16 per share on December 10, 2012, to shareholders of record as of December 3, 2012.

"Rockville Financial, Inc. has enjoyed solid financial performance; we are significantly overcapitalized and generating capital internally. As we've previously said, return of capital is a key strategy for our Company," said William (Bill) H.W. Crawford IV, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rockville Financial, Inc. and Rockville Bank. "We continuously look at all of our capital deployment options. At this time, we believe a 16-cent special cash dividend is a prudent use of shareholder capital."

On October 25, 2012, Rockville announced its highest quarterly earnings in its 154 year history for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. The Company also announced its twenty-sixth consecutive quarterly dividend ($0.10 per share) since becoming a public company in 2005, an 11% increase from the prior quarter and a 54% increase from its second step conversion in March 2011.

About Rockville Financial, Inc.

Rockville Financial, Inc. is the parent of Rockville Bank, which is a 21-branch community bank serving Tolland, Hartford and New London counties in Connecticut. Rockville Bank has established a New Haven County Commercial Banking Office in Hamden, Conn., and will be opening a full service branch in West Hartford, Conn., in the coming months. For more information about Rockville Bank's services and products, call (860) 291-3600 or visit www.rockvillebank.com. For more information about Rockville Financial, Inc., visit www.rockvillefinancialinc.com.

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Marliese L. Shaw
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations Officer
860-291-3622  

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