BLACKSBURG, VA, MAY 13, 2020: The Board of Directors of National Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ Capital Market: NKSH
) today approved payment on June 1, 2020 of a semi-annual dividend of $0.67 per share to all stockholders of record as of May 25, 2020. This dividend is the same per share from the dividend paid June 3, 2019. F. Brad Denardo, National Bankshares Chairman, President, and CEO said, “While the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be overstated, National Bankshares is still fundamentally strong as a community banking institution. We are working tirelessly to meet the financial needs of our customers and our communities during this crisis, and our stockholders’ support of National Bankshares is crucial in helping us fulfill this commitment. Given the underlying health of our balance sheet and our readiness to meet growing demand when safer conditions prevail, the Board of Directors has decided to maintain the per share dividend at $0.67. As always we are grateful for the support of our stockholders and for the opportunity to reward their investment in our Company.”
In other business, the Board renewed its authorization of a stock repurchase plan under which management is authorized to purchase up to 1,000,000 shares of National Bankshares, Inc.’s common stock in the open market. The authorization extends from June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021. The Company’s current stock repurchase plan expires on May 31, 2020. The Company’s management has not yet determined how many shares, if any, might be purchased under the continued stock repurchase plan.
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 full-service offices and one loan production office 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
Certain statements in this press release may be “forward-looking statements.” Forward-looking statements are statements that include projections, predictions, expectations or beliefs about future events or results that are not statements of historical fact and that involve significant risks and uncertainties. Although the Company believes that its expectations with regard to forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions within the bounds of its existing knowledge of its business and operations, there can be no assurance that actual Company results will not differ materially from any future results implied by the forward-looking statements. Actual results may be materially different from past or anticipated results because of many factors, some of which may include changes in economic conditions, the interest rate environment, legislative and regulatory requirements, new products, competition, changes in the stock and bond markets and technology. The Company does not update any forward-looking statements that it may make.