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JUNE 1, 2018

Judy Long Interviewed by Memphis Business Journal

First Citizens National Bank's President and Chief Operating Officer, Judy Long, was interviewed by the Memphis Business Journal on the topic of the digital transformation of the banking industry.

The interview was featured in the June edition of the magazine which is distributed to business owners, entrepreneurs and corporate officers of companies located throughout West Tennessee.

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MARCH 1, 2018

FirstCNB Earns Bauer Financial 5-Star 2018 Rating

First Citizens National Bank again earned a 5-Star Superior rating by Bauer Financial for 2018. The rating indicates that FirstCNB excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability and asset quality. A 5-star rated bank is among the top in the nation with strength and security. “We have been and will continue to be faithful and committed to our mission and are proud for this recognition,” said Jeff Agee, Chairman & CEO.

Bauer Financial (http://www.bauerfinancial.com) has been analyzing and rating the nation’s banks and credit unions very carefully since 1983. Over the years, this rating system has gained the trust and recognition of regulators, bankers and consumers alike.

AUGUST 30, 2017

FirstCNB RANKS #19 in Best Bank to Work for in U.S.

For the fifth consecutive year, First Citizens National Bank has been named one of the Best Banks to Work For. First Citizens currently ranks 19th overall for banks across the entire United States.

The full list will be featured in the September issue of American Banker Magazine and is now available online at www.AmericanBanker.com.

The program, which was initiated in 2013 to identify, recognize and honor the best banks to work for in the nation, is a project of American Banker and Best Companies Group. In all, 75 banks achieved “Best Bank” status in this fifth year for the program.

To be considered for participation, banks had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have at least 50 employees working in the US;
  • Be a Commercial Bank, Thrift, Mutual Association, Mutual Savings Bank, Savings & Loan Association or a Savings Bank.

Determining the Best Banks to Work For involved a two-step process. The first step consisted of evaluating each participating bank’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of employee surveys aimed at assessing the experiences and attitudes of individual employees with respect to their workplace. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top banks and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.

For more information visit www.BestBankstoWorkFor.com or call 1-877-455-2159.

MAY 2, 2017

FirstCNB Ranks in Top 200 Community Banks

First Citizens Bancshares, the holding company for First Citizens National Bank,earned the 99th spot in the 2017 list of Top 200 Community Banks, as ranked nationally by American Banker Magazine in the May 2017 edition. Annual rankings are based on a three-year average return on equity of publicly traded banks and thrifts with total assets less than $2 billion. First Citizens National Bank was the only bank recognized in any of the Ten Tennessee Counties that it serves.

CEO and Board Chairman Jeff Agee stated, “This is not by accident, as return on equity is a core measuring tool and a primary driver of shareholder return. Shareholder return is a major component of our mission statement. I am proud of our First Citizens National Bank team and the hard work that they do for the customers and communities we serve.”

First Citizens National Bank, headquartered in Dyersburg, TN with 23 locations throughout Tennessee, is a full service community bank with approximately $1.6 Billion in assets offering deposit, lending, wealth management, cash management, trust, insurance, and investments.

MARCH 1, 2017

FirstCNB Earns Bauer Financial 5-Star 2017 Rating

First Citizens National Bank again earned a 5-Star Superior rating by Bauer Financial for 2017. The rating indicates that FirstCNB excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability and asset quality. A 5-star rated bank is among the top in the nation with strength and security.

“We have been and will continue to be faithful and committed to our mission and are proud for this recognition,” said Jeff Agee, Chairman & CEO.

Bauer Financial has been analyzing and rating the nation’s banks and credit unions very carefully since 1983. Over the years, this rating system has gained the trust and recognition of regulators, bankers and consumers alike. See http://www.bauerfinancial.com for details.

JULY 7, 2016

Governor’s Foundation Recognizes FirstCNB as a Healthier Tennessee Workplace

The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness today announced that First Citizens National Bank has been named a Healthier Tennessee Workplace for its commitment to encouraging and enabling employees to live a healthy lifestyle both at work and at home. The designation is granted for one full year with an opportunity to renew on an annual basis.

“We’re pleased to recognize First Citizens National Bank for the significant impact they are having in the lives of their employees,” said Richard Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Governor’s Foundation. “Their focus on workplace wellness benefits not only their employees, but their employees’ families and the entire community.”

First Citizens National Bank embraces health and wellness as part of the culture of their business. Teammates are taking advantage of the opportunities given to them to become a healthier person. Jeff Agee, FirstCNB Chairman & CEO, states “Our shared-values approach reflects that we care for our teammates, and we are committed to their success. Our health and wellness investments have taken place incrementally over the past 11 years and with ramped up efforts in 2016.” The bank offers teammates many opportunities to get and stay healthy with programs such as: a 12-week health and nutrition class, smoking cessation classes, numerous fitness class opportunities and more – all of these offered to FirstCNB teammates at no charge.

To become a Healthier Tennessee Workplace, First Citizens National Bank certified that they have a wellness program in place that does the following:

  • Encourages and enables physical activity in the workplace
  • Offers healthy eating options at work
  • Provides a tobacco-free environment and help with tobacco cessation
  • Encourages and enables employees to monitor their own health through regular health risk assessments, screenings or check-ups
  • Rewards and recognizes employees for participating in health and wellness activities and achieving health improvements

First Citizens National Bank, headquartered in Dyersburg, TN with 21 locations throughout Tennessee, is a full service community bank with approximately $1.5 Billion in assets offering deposit, lending, wealth management, cash management, trust, insurance, and investments. For more information about First Citizens National Bank please visit www.FirstCNB.com.

The Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness is a non-profit corporation dedicated to enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to lead healthier lives. Based in Nashville, the Foundation brings together a statewide coalition of employers, health insurers, hospital systems, local governments, school systems and healthcare-focused foundations and community organizations to effect positive, measurable change. The Foundation’s Healthier Tennessee initiative strives to increase the number of Tennesseans who are physically active for at least 30 minutes five times a week, promote a healthy diet, and reduce the number of people who use tobacco.

JUNE 20, 2016

FirstCNB Ranked in the 2015 Top 15th Percentile of Community Banks

Seifried & Brew LLC, a community bank risk management firm, named First Citizens National Bank as a 2015 S&B 5 Gold Bar Institution, a designation earned by banks within the S&B Top 15th Percentile of Community Banks.

To gain entry into this distinguished ranking, the Bank demonstrated exemplary performance of balancing risk and reward based on the Bank’s S&B Total Risk/Return Composite Ranking. This is no small feat considering that the Bank not only survived the Financial Crisis but actually thrived. This supports Seifried & Brew’s belief that conservative, traditional community banking is the strength of our financial system.

First Citizens National Bank operates from 21 locations in Tennessee. Established in 1889 in Dyer County, the bank today has approximately $1.2 Billion in assets and serves markets throughout nine Tennessee counties.

OCTOBER 1, 2014

First Citizens Bancshares, Inc. Completes Merger With Southern Heritage Bancshares, Inc.

Today First Citizens Bancshares, Inc. announced the completion of its acquisition of Southern Heritage Bancshares, Inc., which was merged with and into First Citizens Bancshares, Inc. The merger resulted in Southern Heritage Bank, a community bank based in Cleveland, Tennessee, becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of First Citizens Bancshares, Inc.

With the merger, First Citizens extends its footprint statewide to include offices in Bradley County, Tennessee and solidifies its position as the 7th largest Tennessee-based community bank. The combined organization has approximately $1.5 billion in assets, $1.2 billion in deposits, 349 associates and 24 branches across 10 Tennessee counties.

“Our bank just celebrated our 125th anniversary and we are excited about our future, partnered with a strong bank and new teammates who match our culture and desire for excellence,” said Jeff Agee, First Citizens’ CEO. “Already being well matched in terms of values, financial performance and strategic goals establishes a solid foundation for success for our teammates, customers and shareholders.”

J. Lee Stewart, Southern Heritage’s President and Chief Executive Officer immediately prior to the merger, has joined First Citizens’ Board of Directors, expanding the total number of directors to 19. “To combine the success of Southern Heritage Bank in East Tennessee with the solid market share and highly ranked performance of First Citizens in West and Middle Tennessee is a strategic move that I believe will greatly enhance shareholder value,” said Mr. Stewart. “Our teammates are excited to be a part of First Citizens.”

First Citizens was advised by Olsen Palmer LLC and the law firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP. Southern Heritage was advised by FIG Partners, LLC and the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.

About First Citizens

Originally founded in 1889, with $1.2 billion in total assets and 21 branches throughout west and middle Tennessee, First Citizens is the 7th largest Tennessee-based banking institution and is the 16th largest deposit holder in the Volunteer state. For the second year in a row, Seifried & Brew, a national banking economic and consulting group, included First Citizens National Bank in the Top 15th percentile of community banks, based on institutions with assets between $100 million and $5 billion. In November 2013, First Citizens National Bank was recognized by American Banker magazine as the 6th “Best Bank to Work For in the U.S.” in the category of banks with assets less than $3 billion.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the financial and other benefits and other effects of the merger, the extension of First Citizens’ footprint, the increase in First Citizens’ market share, the size of the combined organization and enhancement of shareholder value. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of the words "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "intend," "could," "should," "forward," "future," "opportunity" and other words of similar meaning. These forward-looking statements express management's current expectations or forecasts of future events and, by their nature, are subject to risks and uncertainties and there are a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to: expected cost savings, synergies and financial and other benefits from the merger might not be realized within the expected time frames and costs or difficulties relating to integration matters might be greater than expected; market, economic, operational, liquidity, credit and interest rate risks associated with First Citizens' and Southern Heritage's businesses, competition, government legislation and policies; ability of First Citizens to execute its business plans; changes in the economy which could materially impact credit quality trends and the ability to generate loans and gather deposits; failure or circumvention of First Citizens’ internal controls; failure or disruption of First Citizens’ information systems; significant changes in accounting, tax or regulatory practices or requirements; new legal obligations or liabilities or unfavorable resolutions of litigations and other matters discussed in this press release. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this press release, and First Citizens undertakes no obligation to release revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or conditions after the date of this press release.

Source: First Citizens Bancshares, Inc.

 
 

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