(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Evans Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE MKT: EVBN), a community financial services company serving Western New York since 1920, announced today that its Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.40 per share on its outstanding common stock.  This semi-annual dividend represents a $0.02, or 5%, increase from its previous semi-annual dividend paid on October 4, 2016. The dividend is payable on April 4, 2017 to shareholders of record as of March 14, 2017.  The Company has approximately 4.7 million shares outstanding.

David J. Nasca, President and CEO of Evans Bancorp, Inc., commented, “The increase in the dividend reflects our confidence in our future.  We have a robust capital position, have delivered financial performance and have expectations of continued growth.  These positive factors drove our decision to raise the dividend for the seventh time in five years.  We remain committed to delivering value to our shareholders.”

About Evans Bancorp, Inc.
Evans Bancorp, Inc. is a financial holding company and the parent company of Evans Bank, N.A., a commercial bank with $1.1 billion in assets and $940 million in deposits at December 31, 2016.  Evans is a full-service community bank, with 14 branches, providing comprehensive financial services to consumer, business and municipal customers throughout Western New York.  Evans Bancorp’s wholly-owned insurance subsidiary, The Evans Agency, LLC, provides property and casualty insurance through seven insurance offices in the Western New York region.  Evans Investment Services provides non-deposit investment products, such as annuities and mutual funds.

Evans Bancorp, Inc. and Evans Bank routinely post news and other important information on their websites, at www.evansbancorp.com and www.evansbank.com.

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