RICHMOND, Va., March 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Xenith Bankshares, Inc. (Nasdaq:XBKS), parent company to Xenith Bank, and Colonial Virginia Bank ("CVB") today announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement, whereby CVB will be merged with and into Xenith Bank. CVB operates two full-service branches in the Gloucester, Virginia area and one loan production office in Yorktown, Virginia. As of June 30, 2013, CVB had the largest share of deposits in Gloucester County, Virginia according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. As of December 31, 2013, CVB reported total assets of $114.9 million, net loans of $71.4 million, total deposits of $99.5 million and equity of $12.1 million. "We view this transaction as an opportunity to grow and expand our competitive position in the Greater Hampton Roads, Virginia region, which is one of our target markets," said T. Gaylon Layfield, III, President and Chief Executive Officer of Xenith Bankshares, Inc. "We are excited about partnering with Colonial Virginia Bank to continue building its strong franchise in Gloucester and expanding its presence on the Peninsula. This acquisition enables us to continue to leverage the infrastructure we have built over the last several years, and we believe CVB is an excellent addition as we focus on building a strong Virginia-based regional bank. We believe this transaction will add value to our shareholders, as well as to those of CVB." Layfield continued, "Robert L. Bailey, President and Chief Executive Officer of CVB, will join Xenith Bank's management team and lead the bank's activities in the Gloucester area and also in the Peninsula region of Virginia, which includes Williamsburg, Newport News, and Hampton. Before joining CVB, Mr. Bailey served for the previous eight years as President of Bank of Williamsburg/Bay Community Bank, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Union Bankshares, and subsequently as Regional President of Union Bankshares' Hampton Roads region after its merger with First Market Bank, creating Union First Market Bank."