BLACKSBURG, VA, APRIL 18, 2013: Today, National Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ Capital Market: NKSH) announced results for the first quarter of 2013. Net income was $4.22 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. Basic net income per share was $0.61. The return on average assets for the first quarter was 1.56% and the return on average equity was 11.26%. At March 31, 2013, the Company had total assets of $1.10 billion, an increase of 1.35% when compared to the end of the first quarter of 2012.
National Bankshares' Chairman, President & CEO James G. Rakes commented, "During the first quarter of 2013, we were faced with the continued compression of the net interest margin and soft loan demand, but we still are delivering a strong financial performance for our stockholders. Although total loans at quarter-end, almost $574.96 million, were down slightly from the total of $584.56 million at the end of March last year, our returns on assets and equity compare favorably among peer financial institutions. We are striving to provide services and loan products to our customers and market area by adding quality loans to our portfolio. It is important to us as community bankers to put deposit dollars from our local markets to work in those same markets by making good loans." Mr. Rakes went on to say, "Our investment in the Company's technology infrastructure continued into the first quarter with the roll-out of our mobile banking product. As community bankers, we believe that it is important to have a solid platform from which to offer customers a full range of products and services. But we think it is even more important for our customers to have a trusted person to help them with their financial transactions. It is this relationship-based business philosophy that has guided us since the founding of National Bank in 1891 and will continue to guide us in the future."
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."
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