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NEWARK - Park National Corporation (Park) (NYSE American: PRK) reported financial results Monday for the first quarter 2019 (three months ended March 31, 2019). Park's board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $1.01 per common share, payable on June 10, 2019 to common shareholders of record as of May 17, 2019.

Park National Bank is the parent company of Richland Bank in Richland County and First-Knox National Bank in Knox County, among others.

Park’s net income for the first quarter of 2019 was $25.5 million, an 18.2 percent decrease from $31.1 million for the first quarter of 2018. First quarter 2019 net income per diluted common share was $1.62, compared to $2.02 in the first quarter of 2018. The first quarter of 2018 included income related to asset recoveries at its Southeast Property Holdings subsidiary.

Park's community-banking subsidiary, The Park National Bank, reported net income of $26.7 million for the first quarter of 2019, a 0.2 percent decrease from $26.7 million reported for the first quarter of 2018. Commercial loans grew $51.7 million over last quarter and the bank’s consumer loans increased $9.1 million compared to the previous quarter.

“This year has begun with great momentum as we deepen our partnership with two excellent banking divisions in the Carolinas and also see the results of our hard work in Ohio and Kentucky,” said Park Chief Executive Officer David L. Trautman. “Our people deliver extraordinary service that has helped us grow loans, deposits, and investment services in a number of areas.

"And, our commitment to local leadership and non-profit support is helping our communities thrive.”

On April 1, 2019 Park closed its merger transaction with CAB Financial Corporation, officially adding Carolina Alliance Bank as a division of Park’s banking subsidiary The Park National Bank.

Headquartered in Newark, Ohio, Park National Corporation had $7.9 billion in total assets (as of March 31, 2019). The Park organization consists of community bank divisions, specialty finance companies, and a non-bank subsidiary.

Park's banking operations are conducted through Park subsidiary The Park National Bank and its divisions, which include Fairfield National Bank Division, Richland Bank Division, Century National Bank Division, First-Knox National Bank Division, United Bank, N.A. Division, Second National Bank Division, Security National Bank Division, Unity National Bank Division, The Park National Bank of Southwest Ohio & Northern Kentucky Division, NewDominion Bank Division and Carolina Alliance Bank. Park also includes Scope Leasing, Inc. (d.b.a. Scope Aircraft Finance), Guardian Financial Services Company (d.b.a. Guardian Finance Company) and SE Property Holdings, LLC.

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