Severn Bancorp, Inc. Reports Significant Increase in Year End Earnings

Annapolis, MD (January 28, 2016) – Severn Bancorp, Inc., (Nasdaq: SVBI) (“Company”) parent company of Severn Savings Bank, FSB (“Severn”), reported net income for the year ended December 31, 2015 of $4,535,000 or $.21 per diluted share, a 56% increase, versus net income of $2,909,000 or $.06 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2014. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2015 dipped slightly versus the fourth quarter of 2014, to $1,078,000 or $.05 per diluted share compared to net income of $1,550,000 or $.09 per diluted share. Earnings per share is calculated using net income available for common shareholders, which is net income less preferred stock dividends and discount amortization.

The Company continues to be well capitalized, with continuing decreases in the level of non-performing assets. Alan J. Hyatt, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “While these are not the robust figures we would like to ultimately see, the Company continues to broaden its community banking focus and add new banking relationships.”

Mr. Hyatt added, “Severn is just coming out of its agreement with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and looking for opportunities to grow. We continue to target local small to mid-size community businesses who want to work with a local bank. We have added new sales team members that will be a great asset in helping with this growth. We are steadfast in our mission to provide an exceptional banking experience for residents of Anne Arundel County.”

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About Severn Savings Bank: Founded in 1946, Severn is a full-service community bank offering a wide array of personal and commercial banking products as well as residential and commercial mortgage lending. It has assets of approximately $760 million and four branches located in Annapolis, Edgewater and Glen Burnie, Maryland. The bank specializes in exceptional customer service and holds itself and its employees to a high standard of community contribution. Severn is on the Web at

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