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HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. and Jefferson Bancshares Complete Merger

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ASHEVILLE, N.C., June 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq:HTBI) ("HomeTrust"), the holding company for HomeTrust Bank, announced today the completion of its acquisition of Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. ("Jefferson") (Nasdaq:JFBI) of Morristown, Tennessee, effective May 31, 2014. In connection with the acquisition, Jefferson Federal Bank, the bank subsidiary of Jefferson, was merged into HomeTrust Bank. The bank merger results in a community bank with total assets of approximately $2.1 billion and an expanded banking presence for HomeTrust in the Kingsport/Johnson City, Knoxville, and Morristown, Tennessee markets. HomeTrust will continue to operate Jefferson's twelve offices under the Jefferson Federal Bank name until a system conversion is completed in August 2014.

Dana Stonestreet, Chairman, President and CEO of HomeTrust, commented, "Expansion into the East Tennessee market represents the disciplined execution of our previously communicated growth strategy to capitalize on acquisition opportunities that leverage our capital, create scale and increase operating efficiencies over a larger geographic footprint. Jefferson, located in attractive and growing markets, is a like-minded institution that shares a common interest of creating value for customers, employees, communities, and shareholders, which makes it a great fit with our franchise. We are excited to welcome the Jefferson employees to the HomeTrust team and look forward to realizing the many benefits that we expect this transaction to produce." Stonestreet continued, "The Jefferson combination represents HomeTrust's second acquisition in 23 months, with a third acquisition scheduled for completion during the third calendar quarter of 2014. Once the three acquisitions are completed, since converting to stock in July 2012, we will have achieved a $750 million, or 50% growth in assets and a 75% increase in banking offices, from 20 to 35 full service offices located in North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee and Greenville, South Carolina."

HomeTrust will issue an aggregate of approximately 1.7 million shares of common stock and pay approximately $25.2 million in cash in the transaction. Under the terms of the merger agreement, each Jefferson shareholder will receive a total of $8.00 per share in merger consideration consisting of $4.00 in cash plus .2661 shares of HomeTrust common stock for each share of Jefferson common stock owned as of the effective date. This represents approximately $50.5 million of aggregate transaction consideration. Jefferson had total assets of $506.8 million, total deposits of $384.0 million, and stockholders' equity of $54.4 million at March 31, 2014.

Anderson Smith, former President and Chief Executive of Jefferson and now a director for HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. and HomeTrust Bank, as well as the East Tennessee Regional President, stated, "We are excited to become part of a vibrant and growing community-based banking institution sharing our core values. As combined entities, we will be able to build value far faster than we would be able to do so alone. We are enthusiastic to provide our customers an expanded product and service offering made possible through this combination."

HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. was advised in this transaction by Sandler O'Neill & Partners, L.P. as financial advisor and Silver, Freedman, Taff & Tiernan LLP as legal counsel. Jefferson was advised by Keefe, Bruyette and Woods as financial advisor and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP as legal counsel.

About HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc.

HomeTrust is the holding company for HomeTrust Bank, including its banking divisions – HomeTrust Bank, Tryon Federal Bank, Shelby Savings Bank, Home Savings Bank, Industrial Federal Bank, Cherryville Federal Bank and Rutherford County Bank. Upon the closing and merger of Jefferson, HomeTrust has assets of approximately $2.1 billion and the community-oriented financial institution offers traditional financial services within its local communities through its 34 offices in Western North Carolina, including the Asheville metropolitan area, the "Piedmont" region of North Carolina, Greenville, South Carolina, and East Tennessee, including Kingsport/Johnson City, Knoxville, and Morristown.

On March 4, 2014, HomeTrust announced it entered into a merger agreement to acquire Bank of Commerce headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. The transaction is anticipated to close in the third calendar quarter of 2014. Bank of Commerce has one office in midtown Charlotte. As of March 31, 2014, Bank of Commerce had total assets of $126.4 million.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Any of the forward-looking statements that we make in this release are based upon management's beliefs and assumptions at the time they are made and may turn out to be wrong because of inaccurate assumptions we might make, because of the factors illustrated above or because of other factors that we cannot foresee. We do not undertake and specifically disclaim any obligation to revise any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements. These risks could cause our actual results for fiscal 2014 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements by, or on behalf of, us, and could negatively affect our operating and stock price performance.

WEBSITE: WWW.HOMETRUSTBANCSHARES.COM

CONTACT: Dana L. Stonestreet - Chairman, President and CEO Tony J. VunCannon - Senior Vice President, CFO, and Treasurer 828-259-3939

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