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TowneBank Repurchases Warrant From U.S. Treasury

SUFFOLK, Va., May 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hampton Roads based TowneBank (Nasdaq:TOWN) announced today that it completed the repurchase of the warrant issued to the United States Department of the Treasury as part of the TARP Capital Purchase Program. The warrant provided the right to purchase 554,330 shares of TowneBank common stock at $20.69 per share.  TowneBank and the U.S. Treasury agreed upon a repurchase price of $1.5 million for the warrant.

As one of the top community banks in Virginia and North Carolina, TowneBank operates 26 banking offices serving Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, James City County and York County in Virginia along with Moyock, Grandy, Camden, Southern Shores, Corolla and Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina. Towne also offers a full range of financial services through its controlled divisions and subsidiaries that include Towne Investment Group, Towne Insurance Agency, TFA Benefits, TowneBank Mortgage, TowneBank Commercial Mortgage, Prudential Towne Realty, Towne 1031 Exchange, LLC, and Corolla Classic Vacations. Through its strategic partnership with William E. Wood and Associates, the bank also offers mortgage services in all of their offices in Hampton Roads and Northeastern North Carolina. Local decision-making is a hallmark of its hometown banking strategy that is delivered through the leadership of each group's President and Board of Directors. With total assets of $4.38 billion as of March 31, 2013, TowneBank is one of the largest banks headquartered in Virginia.

CONTACT: For more information contact:
         G. Robert Aston, Chairman and CEO, (757) 638-6780
         Clyde E. McFarland, Jr., Senior Executive Vice President 
         and CFO (757) 638-6801

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