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Oak Valley Bancorp to Pay Cash Dividend

OAKDALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 12/19/13 -- On December 17, 2013, the Board of Directors of Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), the bank holding company for Oak Valley Community Bank and Eastern Sierra Community Bank, declared the payment of a cash dividend of $0.10 per share of common stock to its shareholders of record at the close of business on January 6, 2014. The payment date will be January 21, 2014.

According to Chris Courtney, President and CEO of Oak Valley Bancorp and Oak Valley Community Bank, "The payment reflects the continued strength of the Bank's performance and our growing confidence in the Central Valley's economic recovery." As a result the Board has opted to reward our loyal shareholder base with a distribution that, in the aggregate, will amount to approximately $792,000.

The Company currently operates through 14 branches in Oakdale, Sonora, Turlock, Stockton, Patterson, Ripon, Escalon, Manteca, three branches in Modesto, and three branches in their Eastern Sierra Division, which includes Bridgeport, Mammoth Lakes, and Bishop.

For more information, please call 1-866-844-7500 or visit www.ovcb.com.

This press release includes forward-looking statements about the corporation for which the corporation claims the protection of safe harbor provisions contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Forward-looking statements are based on management's knowledge and belief as of today and include information concerning the corporation's possible or assumed future financial condition, and its results of operations and business. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Those factors include fluctuations in interest rates, government policies and regulations (including monetary and fiscal policies), legislation, economic conditions, including increased energy costs in California, credit quality of borrowers, operational factors and competition in the geographic and business areas in which the company conducts its operations. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based on information available at the time of the release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

Contact:
Chris Courtney/Rick McCarty
Phone: (209) 848-2265
www.ovcb.com
www.escbank.com

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