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American National Bancshares Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2012 Cash Dividend

7/18/2012

For more information, contact:

William W. Traynham
Chief Financial Officer
434.773.2242
traynhamw@amnb.com


Traded: NASDAQ Global Select Market Symbol: AMNB


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 18, 2012


DANVILLE, VA – American National Bankshares Inc. (NASDAQ: AMNB), parent company of American National Bank and Trust Company, announced its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.23 per common share, payable September 21, 2012, to shareholders of record September 7, 2012.


American National Bankshares Inc. considers the payment of appropriate dividends a vital part of its capital planning and management program. The Company adheres to a dividend policy based on a review of earnings, growth, capital and such other factors that the Board of Directors considers relevant to the dividend decision process.


About American National
American National Bankshares Inc. is a multi-state bank holding company with total assets of approximately $1.3 billion. Headquartered in Danville, Virginia, American National is the parent company of American National Bank and Trust Company. American National Bank is a community bank serving southern and central Virginia and north central North Carolina with 25 banking offices and two loan production offices. American National Bank and Trust Company also manages an additional $577 million of trust, investment and brokerage assets in its Trust and Investment Services Division.

Additional information about the company and the bank is available on the bank's website at www.amnb.com.


Shares of American National are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "AMNB."
This press release may contain “forward-looking statements,” within the meaning of federal securities laws that involve significant risks and uncertainties. Statements herein are based on certain assumptions and analyses by the Company and are factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Actual results could differ materially from those contained in or implied by such statements for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to: changes in interest rates; changes in accounting principles, policies, or guidelines; significant changes in the economic scenario; significant changes in regulatory requirements; and significant changes in securities markets. Consequently, all forward-looking statements made herein are qualified by these cautionary statements and the cautionary language in the Company’s most recent Form 10-K report and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. American National Bankshares Inc. does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.
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