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

Richmond, Va., January 22, 2019 - Union Bankshares Corporation (the “Company” or “Union”) (Nasdaq: UBSH) today reported net income of $44.1 million and earnings per share of $0.67 for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018. Net operating earnings
(1) were $46.2 million and operating earnings per share(1) was $0.70 for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018; these operating results exclude $2.2 million in after-tax merger-related costs but include losses from discontinued operations of $192,000.

For the year ended December 31, 2018, net income was $146.2 million and earnings per share was $2.22. Net operating earnings(1) were $178.3 million and operating earnings per share(1) was $2.71 for the year ended December 31, 2018; these operating results exclude $32.1 million in after-tax merger-related costs but include losses from discontinued operations of $3.2 million.

Union closed out our transformative 2018 year with a strong fourth quarter,” said John C. Asbury, President and CEO of Union Bankshares Corporation. “We accomplished what we said we would do by hitting each one of our top tier financial targets showing the underlying strength and earnings potential of this uniquely valuable franchise.

“We had stronger than expected loan growth for the quarter which brought our full year loan growth back in line with our initial expectations for 2018. With the Access National Corporation acquisition about to close, 2019 looks to be another year of positive change and financial improvement as Union evolves into a mid-Atlantic regional bank.”
On January 11, 2019, the Company and Access National Corporation ("Access") jointly announced the receipt of regulatory approval from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and from the Virginia State Corporation Commission to move forward with the proposed merger of Access into the Company (the "Pending Access Merger"). Further, on January 15, 2019, the Company and Access jointly announced that, at separate special meetings, the shareholders of both the Company and Access approved the Pending Access Merger. The Pending Access Merger is expected to close February 1, 2019.

Select highlights for the fourth quarter of 2018

Return on Average Assets (“ROA”) was 1.29% compared to 1.17% in the third quarter of 2018. Operating ROA(1) was 1.36% compared to 1.21% in the third quarter of 2018.
Return on Average Equity (“ROE”) was 9.21% compared to 8.06% in the third quarter of 2018. Operating ROE(1) was 9.66% compared to 8.30% in the third quarter of 2018.
Return on Average Tangible Common Equity (“ROTCE”)(1) was 16.42% compared to 14.72% in the third quarter of 2018. Operating ROTCE(1) was 17.18% compared to 15.13% in the third quarter of 2018.
Efficiency ratio decreased to 56.2% compared to 60.7% in the third quarter of 2018. Operating efficiency ratio (FTE)(1) decreased to 53.5% compared to 58.6% in the third quarter of 2018.

Select highlights for the full year 2018

ROA was 1.11% compared to 0.83% for the year ended 2017. Operating ROA(1) was 1.35% compared to 0.95% for the year ended 2017.


The following information was filed by Union Bankshares Corp (UBSH) on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 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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