Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. acted as selling agent for the subscription and community offering. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. also acted as sole book-running manager and Sterne, Agee & Leach, Inc. acted as co-manager for the syndicated offering. Silver Freedman & Taff, L.L.P. acted as legal counsel to the Company and Old Heritage in connection with the conversion, offering and exchange. Malizzia Spidi & Fisch, PC acted as counsel to Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. for the conversion, offering and exchange. Feldman Financial Advisors, Inc., served as independent appraiser for the conversion, offering and exchange.This release may contain certain "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and may be identified by the use of such words as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "should," "planned," "estimated," and "potential." Examples of forward looking statements include, but are not limited to, estimates with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and business of Heritage Financial Group, Inc. and HeritageBank of the South that are subject to various factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from these estimates. These factors include, but are not limited to, general economic and market conditions, legislative and regulatory conditions, changes in interest rates that affect HeritageBank of the South's interest rate spread, changes in deposit flows, loan demand or real estate values and other economic, governmental, competitive, regulatory and technological factors that may affect the operation of Heritage Financial Group, Inc. and HeritageBank of the South.