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Southern National Bancorp Of Virginia Inc. Reports Earnings Of $1.6 Million For The Second Quarter And $3.1 Million For The First Half Of 2013 And Increases Dividend To $.07

MCLEAN, Va., July 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Southern National Bancorp of Virginia Inc. (Nasdaq:SONA), the holding company for Sonabank, announced today that net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 was $1.6 million and $3.1 million for the first half of 2013. That compares to $2.2 million and $4.1 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012. The second quarter of 2012 benefitted from a bargain purchase gain in conjunction with the HarVest acquisition which was partially offset by a writedown of other real estate owned ("OREO").

The Board of Directors declared a dividend of $.07 per share payable August 23, 2013 to shareholders of record on August 12, 2013. This was Southern National's seventh consecutive quarterly dividend and the fifth consecutive increase.

Overview

U.S. Treasury yields hit a cyclical low at the beginning of May 2013 with the 10 year U.S. Treasury yield hitting 1.6%. Since then it has risen over a percentage point to over 2.6%. That is a huge increase. It has resulted in a diminution in the fierce competition for refinancing loans which we wrote about last quarter, perhaps as a sense of reality began to pervade the market. Even so, we had payoffs of large loans of approximately $8.3 million during the quarter. However, that was offset this quarter by very strong loan closings of $36.0 million most of which closed near quarter-end.

Net Interest Income

Net interest income was $7.4 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2013 down from $7.8 million during the same period last year. The accretion of the discount on Greater Atlantic Bank's loans contributed $361 thousand to second quarter 2013 net interest income compared to $705 thousand during the second quarter of 2012. The accretion of the discount on HarVest's loans contributed $440 thousand in the second quarter of 2013 compared to $172 thousand during the second quarter of 2012. The cost of funds decreased from 1.16% for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, to 0.84% for the second quarter of 2013. Sonabank's net interest margin was 4.57% in the second quarter of 2013 compared to 5.07% during the comparable quarter last year and 4.94% during the first quarter of 2013.

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