HomeTrust Bank Completes Acquisition of Bank of America Branches

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Nov. 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq:HTBI) (the "Company"), the holding company of HomeTrust Bank, N.A., (the "Bank") today announced that the Bank has completed its acquisition of ten branch banking operations in Southwest Virginia and Eden, North Carolina from Bank of America Corporation.

The purchase was finalized and the branches were converted to the HomeTrust Bank system during the weekend of November 14-16 and opened for business as HomeTrust Bank branches this morning.

"We are excited to welcome our 65 new HomeTrust employees, as well as our new Virginia area customers to HomeTrust Bank," said Dana Stonestreet, Chairman, President and CEO. "HomeTrust came to Roanoke Valley earlier this summer when we opened a commercial loan production offce and we're pleased to expand our services and locations to better serve customers in this region. Our ongoing market expansion further leverages capital, creates scale and increases operating efficiencies over a wider market footprint."

For more information on HomeTrust products and services, customers can call 1-800-627-1632 or visit www.hometrustbanking.com.

About HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc.

HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for HomeTrust Bank, N.A. As of September 30, 2014, the Company had assets of $2.21 billion. The Bank, founded in 1926, is a nationally chartered, community-focused financial institution committed to providing value added community banking through its 45 locations in North Carolina (including the Asheville metropolitan area, the "Piedmont" region, Charlotte, and a loan production office in Raleigh), Upstate South Carolina (Greenville), East Tennessee (including Kingsport/Johnson City, Knoxville, and Morristown) and Southwest Virginia (including the Roanoke Valley). The Bank is the 7th largest community bank headquartered in North Carolina.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Website: www.Hometrustbancshares.com

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

Source:HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc.