Exhibit 99.1

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Contact:    Robert M. Gorman - (804) 523-7828
Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer

UNION BANKSHARES REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR RESULTS AND DECLARES QUARTERLY DIVIDEND

Richmond, Va., January 23, 2018 - Union Bankshares Corporation (the “Company” or “Union”) (NASDAQ: UBSH) today reported net income of $15.2 million and earnings per share of $0.35 for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017. These results represent a decrease of $5.5 million, or 26.5%, and $0.12 per share, or 25.5%, compared to net income and earnings per share, respectively, from the third quarter of 2017. Net operating earnings
(1) were $22.8 million and operating earnings per share(1) were $0.52 for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017; these operating results exclude $1.4 million in after-tax merger-related costs and $6.3 million in nonrecurring tax expenses related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act”). The Company's net operating earnings and operating earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2017 represent increases of $1.5 million, or 7.0%, and $0.03, or 6.1%, respectively, in each case compared to the third quarter of 2017.

For the year ended December 31, 2017, net income was $72.9 million and earnings per share were $1.67. The Company's net income and earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2017 represent a decrease of 5.9% and 5.6%, respectively, compared to the net income and earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2016. Net operating earnings(1) were $83.6 million and operating earnings per share(1) were $1.91 for the year ended December 31, 2017; these operating results exclude $4.4 million in after-tax merger-related costs and $6.3 million in nonrecurring tax expenses related to the Tax Act. The Company's net operating earnings and operating earnings per share for 2017 represent increases of $6.1 million, or 7.9%, and $0.14, or 7.9%, respectively, in each case compared to the year ended December 31, 2016.

These fourth quarter and full year results of the Company do not include the financial results of Xenith Bankshares, Inc. (“Xenith”), which the Company acquired on January 1, 2018, and are prior to the effective date of the merger of Xenith into the Company (“the Merger”).

Union also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.21 per share payable on February 20, 2018 to shareholders of record as of February 6, 2018.

As I look back, 2017 was a year of significant progress and change for Union.  We started off 2017 with a well-planned and well-executed CEO transition and added depth and talent to our leadership team as the year progressed.  We finished the year with our transformation to Virginia’s regional bank upon the closing of the Xenith acquisition on January 1, 2018,” said John C. Asbury, president and chief executive officer of Union Bankshares Corporation. “The combination of Union and Xenith was perfectly aligned to our previously stated 2017 priorities and gives the Company a growth platform in Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. 

Both Union and Xenith also finished the year with a solid fourth quarter performance headlined by strong loan growth, reinforcing our belief that the merger is off to a great start and will unleash the potential of this uniquely valuable franchise.

In 2018, the Company is focused on six priorities, three of which continue from 2017.  Our 2018 priorities are, 1) integrating Xenith into Union, 2) diversifying our loan portfolio and revenue streams, 3) growing core funding, 4) becoming more efficient, 5) creating a more distinct and enduring brand and 6) managing to higher levels of performance.  We are intensely focused on accelerating the achievement of these priorities and generating top-tier financial performance for our shareholders.


The following information was filed by Union Bankshares Corp (UBSH) on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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