National Bankshares, Inc. Posts Record Earnings for 2013

BLACKSBURG, VA, FEBRUARY 20, 2014:  National Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ Capital Market: NKSH) today announced that it had record net income of $17.79 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013, an increase over the nearly $17.75 million earned in 2012. The 2013 return on average assets and return on average equity were 1.63% and 11.90%, respectively. Basic earnings per share in 2013 remained consistent with the prior year at $2.56. National Bankshares, Inc. ended 2013 with total assets of over $1.11 billion.

Commenting on the Company’s financial results, National Bankshares Chairman, President & CEO James G. Rakes said, “We are pleased to report another year of strong earnings. In 2013, we showed an improvement in credit quality as the decrease in net charge-offs indicates. Growth in quality loans remains the key initiative in what remains a less than vibrant market area economy, but we will continue to focus on that growth as well as credit quality and solid expense management. The Company remains a strong institution and is well-positioned to grow in 2014 and beyond.”

Mr. Rakes continued, “We also were pleased to return profits to our stockholders in the form of dividends of $1.12 per share in 2013 compared to $1.10 in 2012. This per share dividend payment amount resulted in a dividend payout ratio of 43.74% in 2013 compared to 43.04% in 2012.”

National Bankshares, Inc., headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, is the parent company of 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 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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