Mr. Barnhouse previously served as Chief Financial Officer of PBI Bank since 2006. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Ascencia Bank from 1998 until it was merged into PBI Bank at the end of 2005. From 1992 to 1998, Mr. Barnhouse worked with Arthur Andersen LLP, where he managed the audits of public and private companies.

Mr. Pierce will be responsible for risk management for both Porter Bancorp and PBI Bank. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Porter Bancorp since 2006 and in a number of executive positions with Porter Bancorp’s subsidiary banks from 1990 through 2005. From 1984 to 1989, Mr. Pierce served as a manager at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) where he was responsible for audits of public and private entities including financial institutions.

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About Porter Bancorp, Inc.

Porter Bancorp, Inc., a bank holding company headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, had $1.5 billion in assets as of December 31, 2011. Through Porter’s subsidiary PBI Bank, it operates 18 full service banking offices in Kentucky. Porter Bancorp’s common stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol “PBIB.”

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release relating to Porter Bancorp’s plans, objectives, expectations or future performance are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words “believe,” “may,” “should,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “objective,” “seek,” “plan,” “strive” or similar words, or negatives of these words, identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations. Porter Bancorp’s actual results in future periods may differ materially from those currently expected due to various risks and uncertainties, including those discussed under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Form 10-K and subsequent periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date of the release and Porter Bancorp does not assume any responsibility to update these statements.

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