Middleburg Financial Corporation Announces Sale Of Southern Trust Mortgage

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MIDDLEBURG, Va., March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Middleburg Financial Corporation (the "Company") (MBRG), today announced that its wholly-owned banking subsidiary, Middleburg Bank, has agreed to sell all of its membership interests in its majority-owned subsidiary, Southern Trust Mortgage.  The sale is expected to close in the first half of 2014, following the receipt of required regulatory approvals. 

Southern Trust Mortgage is a regional mortgage lender headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia and has offices in Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.  Middleburg Bank owns 62.4% of the issued and outstanding membership interest units in Southern Trust Mortgage.  For financial reporting purposes, the Company does not expect to record a gain or loss upon the sale of its interests.

The Company determined to sell its interest in light of declining profitability in the mortgage business and increasing regulatory burdens on the industry.  The Bank expects to maintain a working relationship with Southern Trust Mortgage following the sale and remains committed to providing a wide range of banking services, including mortgages, to its customers and communities. 

Caution about Forward Looking Statements

Certain information contained in this discussion may include "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements relate to the Company's future operations and are generally identified by phrases such as "the Company expects," "the Company believes" or words of similar import. Although the Company believes that its expectations with respect to the forward-looking statements are based upon reliable assumptions within the bounds of its knowledge of its business and operations, there can be no assurance that actual results, performance or achievements of the Company will not differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. For details on factors that could affect expectations, see the risk factors and other cautionary language included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Middleburg Financial Corporation

Middleburg Financial Corporation is headquartered in Middleburg, Virginia and has two wholly owned subsidiaries, Middleburg Bank and Middleburg Investment Group, Inc. Middleburg Bank serves communities in Virginia with financial centers in Ashburn, Gainesville, Leesburg, Marshall, Middleburg, Purcellville, Reston, Richmond, Warrenton and Williamsburg. Middleburg Investment Group owns Middleburg Trust Company, which is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia with offices in Middleburg, Alexandria and Williamsburg. Middleburg Financial Corporation is also the majority owner of Southern Trust Mortgage, which is based in Virginia Beach and provides mortgages through offices in Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

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