First National Corporation's First Bank Receives Approval for Acquisition of Six Branches

STRASBURG, Va., Feb. 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First National Corporation (the "Company") (OTCQB:FXNC), the parent company of First Bank (the "Bank"), announced today the Bank has received regulatory approval from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and the Bureau of Financial Institutions, a regulatory division of the Virginia State Corporation Commission, to acquire six branches in the Shenandoah Valley and central Virginia from Bank of America. The transaction is expected to close on April 17, 2015.

The acquisition, which was announced November 19, 2014, includes retail branches in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia located in Woodstock, Staunton, Waynesboro and Elkton. The acquisition also includes branches in central Virginia located in Farmville and Dillwyn. "We are very pleased to receive this approval and excited about expanding deeper into the Shenandoah Valley and central Virginia," said President and Chief Executive Officer Scott C. Harvard. "This strategic acquisition of an excellent deposit franchise expands our banking presence in Virginia, includes an experienced and talented team of associates, provides core funding for the future, and complements our existing loan production offices in Staunton and Harrisonburg."

After the transaction closes in April, First Bank is expected to be the largest bank headquartered in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with 16 branches and more than $750 million in total assets.

About the Company

First National Corporation, headquartered in Strasburg, Virginia, is the bank holding company of First Bank, a community bank that first opened for business in 1907. The Bank currently offers loan, deposit, and wealth management products and services from 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. The Bank operates divisions under the names First Mortgage and First Bank Wealth Management. 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