Heritage Bankshares, Inc. and Southern BancShares, Inc. Announce Regulatory Approvals for Proposed Merger

Dec 31, 2015, 09:40 ET from Heritage Bankshares, Inc.

NORFOLK, Va., Dec. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Heritage Bankshares, Inc. ("Heritage"), Norfolk, Virginia, and Southern BancShares (N.C.), Inc. ("Southern"), Mount Olive, North Carolina today announced that they have received all required regulatory approvals for the proposed merger between Southern and Heritage. Pending shareholder approval at a Special Shareholders' Meeting of Heritage Bankshares, Inc., the merger transaction is scheduled to close on January 29, 2016 and will be effective Monday, February 1, 2016.

About Heritage
Heritage is the parent company of Heritage Bank (www.heritagebankva.com).  Heritage Bank has two full-service branches in the city of Norfolk, two full-service branches in the city of Virginia Beach, and one full-service branch in the city of Chesapeake.

About Southern
Southern BancShares (NC), Inc. is the holding company for Southern Bank and Trust Company, which was founded in 1901 and operates over 60 offices in North Carolina and Virginia.  Headquartered in Mount Olive, North Carolina, Southern Bank has approximately $2.2 billion in total assets.  More information about the bank is available on the Internet at www.southernbank.com.

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