White River Bancshares Co. doubles its annual cash dividend for

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas, July 19 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — White River Bancshares Company (OTCQX: WRIV), (the “Company”), the holding company of Signature Bank of Arkansas (the “Bank”), today announced its Board of Directors declared an annual cash dividend of $1.00 per share. The dividend is payable on August 31, 2022 to shareholders of record at the close of business on July 20, 2022 and represents a 100% increase over the annual cash dividend of $0.50 per share paid on August 31, 2021.

“2021 has been the best year yet for White River Bancshares,” said Gary Head, President and CEO. “We are really happy to be able to give back part of our success to the shareholders who have believed in us from the beginning. This year’s cash dividend will be $1.00 per share, double what we paid last year.

On July 18, 2022, the Company reported second quarter 2022 net income of $1.79 million, or $1.79 per diluted share, compared to $2.08 million, or $2.14 per diluted share , in the second quarter of 2021. In the immediately preceding quarter, the Company earned $1.07 million, or $1.08 per diluted share. Second quarter results were highlighted by record generation of net interest income and net interest margin expansion, fueled by double-digit year-over-year growth in loans and basic deposits.

About White River Bancshares

White River Bancshares Company is the sole bank holding company of Signature Bank of Arkansas, headquartered in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Bank has offices in Fayetteville, Springdale, Bentonville, Rogers, Brinkley, Harrison and Jonesboro, Arkansas. Founded in 2005, Signature Bank of Arkansas provides a full range of financial services to small businesses, families and farms. White River Bancshares Company (OTCQX: WRIV), trades on the OTCQX® Cheaper.

Forward-looking statements

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Contact: Scott Sandlin, Chief Strategy Officer
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Sara R. Cicero