HomeTrust Bank Reaches Settlement in Trademark Dispute With HomeTown Bank

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Aug. 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq:HTBI) (Company), today announced that its banking subsidiary, HomeTrust Bank, has reached a settlement of a trademark dispute with Roanoke, Virginia based HomeTown Bank.

Dana Stonestreet, HomeTrust Bank Chairman, President and CEO commented, "We are pleased to have reached an amicable settlement with HomeTown Bank. Under the settlement, all lawsuits filed in the matter will be dismissed, and we will continue to operate using our legally chartered name and federally registered service mark, "HomeTrust Bank," which we have used in Virginia since 2003. As an accommodation to HomeTown Bank, we have agreed to use the term "Roanoke Division" on specified signage and advertising in the greater Roanoke Valley for a limited period of time. HomeTown Bank, under the leadership of Susan Still, has built an impressive community bank, and we have the utmost respect for HomeTown Bank and its success in weathering the economic downturn and continuing to grow in the Roanoke Valley."

Stonestreet continued, "We amicably resolved this dispute to put the distraction of litigation behind us and will proceed as planned with our expansion into the greater Roanoke Valley as HomeTrust Bank. Our commercial lending office on South Jefferson Street opened in July. Adam Shores is the Market President for the Roanoke Valley. Our commercial lending team also includes Chris Conner, Cathy Hartman, Lana Thompson, Penny Witt and Charles Smith, who have all worked together in Roanoke and have over 130 years of combined banking experience in this market.

"The branches we are acquiring from Bank of America will open under the HomeTrust banner effective Monday, November 17, 2014. We plan to retain all of the branch employees working in those Virginia locations and they will continue to provide exceptional service to their customers and community.

"We have had a warm reception by new customers in Roanoke and we could not be more excited about the potential for growth and for making a positive difference in the greater Roanoke Valley community."

About HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc.

HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. 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. The Company currently has assets of $2.2 billion. HomeTrust Bank, founded in 1926, is a community-focused financial institution committed to providing value added community banking through its 35 offices in North Carolina (including the Asheville metropolitan area and the "Piedmont" region, and Charlotte), South Carolina (Greenville), East Tennessee (including Kingsport/Johnson City, Knoxville, and Morristown) and its commercial loan production office in Roanoke, Virginia. HomeTrust Bank is the 8th largest community bank headquartered in North Carolina.

On June 10, 2014, the Company announced that HomeTrust Bank entered into an agreement to purchase the branch banking operations of ten locations in Virginia and North Carolina from Bank of America Corporation. Six of the branches are located in Roanoke Valley, two in Danville, one in Martinsville, Virginia, and one in Eden, North Carolina. The acquisition will add approximately $504 million of deposits. In addition to the branches, HomeTrust Bank will acquire a small amount of loans as part of the transaction. HomeTrust Bank expects the purchase to close in November 2014, following approval by regulators and satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Forward-Looking Statements

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CONTACT: Dana L. Stonestreet - Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Tony J. VunCannon - Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer 828-259-3939

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