BLAIRSVILLE, Ga., July 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ:UCBI) ("United"), reported that its Board of Directors approved an increase of one cent in the regular quarterly cash dividend to eight cents per common share.  The dividend is payable October 5, 2016, to shareholders of record on September 15, 2016.

"With our solid performance in the second quarter, our Board has increased our dividend to eight cents per share beginning in the third quarter," stated Jimmy Tallent, chairman and chief executive officer.  "This is 14 percent higher than our current dividend and a 33 percent increase from a year ago."

About United Community Banks, Inc.United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ:UCBI) is a registered bank holding company based in Blairsville, Georgia, with $10.4 billion in assets.  The company's banking subsidiary, United Community Bank, is one of the Southeast region's largest full-service banks, operating 140 offices in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.  The bank specializes in providing personalized community banking services to individuals, small businesses and corporations.  Services include a full range of consumer and commercial banking products, including mortgage, advisory, and treasury management.  United Community Banks is consistently recognized for its outstanding customer service by respected national research firms.  In 2014 and 2015, United Community Bank was ranked first in customer satisfaction in the southeast by J.D. Power and again in 2016 was ranked among the top 100 on the Forbes' list of America's Best Banks.  Additional information about the company and the bank's full range of products and services can be found at

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