Suffolk Bancorp Announces Pre-Tax Gain of $3.8 Million on Sale of Visa Class B Shares

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RIVERHEAD, N.Y., Aug. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Suffolk Bancorp (the "Company") (Nasdaq:SUBK), parent company of Suffolk County National Bank (the "Bank"), today announced that the Bank sold 50,000 shares of its Visa, Inc. ("Visa") Class B common stock at a pre-tax gain of approximately $3.8 million. Given the significant rise in the price of Visa common stock over the past twelve months, the Bank thought it prudent to monetize the gain of a portion of the Class B shares it holds in portfolio.

The Bank was issued 226,016 shares of Visa Class B common stock in the initial public offering of Visa in 2008. Of those shares, 87,378 were redeemed in connection with the initial public offering. After the current sale, the Company will continue to hold 88,638 Class B shares. The Class B shares are reflected on the Company's balance sheet at zero due to certain pending litigation against Visa, as described below.

Visa Class B shareholders are obligated to fund a litigation escrow until such time as the litigation pending against Visa is finally determined. This obligation is satisfied by changes to the conversion ratio of Class B shares as measured against shares of Visa Class A common stock. Currently, that conversion ratio is .4206 of the Visa Class A shares. The Company will retain the risk of changes to the litigation escrow for the shares sold. The Company has established a reserve of approximately $0.5 million in this regard.

Corporate Information

Suffolk Bancorp is a one-bank holding company engaged in the commercial banking business through the Suffolk County National Bank, a full service commercial bank headquartered in Riverhead, New York and Suffolk Bancorp's wholly owned subsidiary. Organized in 1890, the Bank has 30 branch offices in Suffolk County, New York. For more information about the Bank and its products and services, please visit

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CONTACT: Press: Frank D. Filipo Executive Vice President & Operating Officer (631) 208-2400 Investor: Brian K. Finneran Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (631) 208-2400 4 West Second Street Riverhead, NY 11901 (631) 208-2400 (Voice) - (631) 727-3214 (FAX)

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