National Bankshares, Inc. Declares Semi-Annual Dividend

BLACKSBURG, VA, NOVEMBER 9, 2016: The Board of Directors of National Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ Capital Market: NKSH) today approved payment on December 1, 2016 of a semi-annual dividend of $0.61 per share to all stockholders of record as of November 21, 2016. The semi-annual dividend that was paid on December 1, 2015 was $0.61 per share.

James G. Rakes, Chairman, President & CEO said, "We feel fortunate to be in a position of positive earnings which provides us the opportunity to give our stockholders a significant return on their investment."

National Bankshares, Inc. is a financial holding company headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, with total assets of approximately $1.20 billion. It is the parent company of The National Bank of Blacksburg, a 125-year-old community bank with 26 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."

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