National Bankshares Reports Second Quarter and First Half Earnings

BLACKSBURG, VA, July 18, 2013 (revised July 26, 2013):  Today, National Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ Capital Market: NKSH) announced net income of over $4.43 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 which is 2.19% above the total reported for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.  Basic earnings per share were $0.64 which compares to $0.63 for the second quarter of 2012. The return on average assets for the second quarter remained unchanged at 1.62% when compared to 1.62% in 2012. The return on average equity was 11.57% and 11.90% for the same two periods.

For the first six months, net income was above $8.65 million. The Company had total assets exceeding $1.09 billion at June 30, 2013.

National Bankshares’ Chairman, President & CEO James G. Rakes commented, “Our focus remains on investing in our businesses to grow our bank, creating sustainable stockholder value, and controlling discretionary expenses while maintaining a strong balance sheet. We were pleased to provide stockholders an increase over last June of our semi-annual dividend. We continue to upgrade our capabilities in order to deliver the best services and products possible to our customers and community.”

National Bankshares, Inc., headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, is the parent company of The National Bank of Blacksburg, which does business as National Bank, and of National Bankshares Financial Services, Inc.  National Bank is a community bank operating from 25 offices throughout Southwest Virginia.  National Bankshares Financial Services, Inc. is an investment and insurance subsidiary operating in the same trade area.  The Company’s stock is traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol “NKSH.”  Additional information is available at www.nationalbankshares.com.

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