First National Corporation's First Bank to Acquire Six Branches

STRASBURG, Va., Nov. 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First National Corporation (the "Company") (OTCQB:FXNC) the holding company for First Bank (the "Bank"), announced today the signing of an agreement under which the Bank will acquire the branch banking operations of six locations in the Shenandoah Valley and central Virginia regions from Bank of America. The acquired branches in the Shenandoah Valley region are located in Woodstock, Elkton, Staunton and Waynesboro, and the acquired branches in the central Virginia region are located in Dillwyn and Farmville. The transaction will add an estimated $308 million of deposits to the balance sheet of First Bank. The Bank expects the purchase to be completed in the second quarter of 2015, following approval by regulators and satisfaction of customary closing conditions. First Bank intends to hire all current employees of the acquired branches and will take great care to assure a smooth customer service transition.

"We are delighted to announce the expansion of our banking franchise into Virginia markets that complement our recent expansion initiatives and that we believe embrace First Bank's philosophy that People Matter," said Scott Harvard, President and CEO. "This transaction provides the opportunity to expand our team with the addition of experienced and talented associates while building scale and efficiencies in an expanded geographic footprint across several contiguous counties. We look forward to serving the needs of our new customers and communities for years to come."

Headquartered in Strasburg, Virginia, First Bank had $519 million in total assets at September 30, 2014 with 10 retail banking offices. During the second quarter of 2014, the Bank expanded to Staunton, Virginia where it opened First Mortgage, a newly formed mortgage division. In the third quarter of 2014, the Bank opened another mortgage and loan production office in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

First Bank was advised in the transaction by Sandler O'Neill Partners, L.P. as financial advisor and Williams Mullen as legal counsel.

About the Company

First National Corporation, headquartered in Strasburg, Virginia, is the bank holding company of First Bank. First Bank currently offers loan, deposit, trust and investment products and services from a total of 12 office locations located throughout the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. Banking services are also accessed from the Bank's website,, and from a network of ATMs located throughout its market area. First Bank also owns First Bank Financial Services, Inc., which invests in entities that provide investment services and title insurance.

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CONTACT: Scott C. Harvard President and CEO (540) 465-9121 M. Shane Bell Executive Vice President and CFO (540) 465-9121

Source:First National Corporation