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Community Trust in La. Woos Private Equity with Organic Growth

December 18, 2012
American Banker

Attracting talent has been the key to the Texas operations, which account for $800 million in assets, mostly around Dallas-Fort Worth. The hiring continues; Mills says Preston Moore, a former Encore Bancshares CEO, was just recruited to lead an expansion into Houston. Encore was sold to Cadence Bancorp this year. That's a good sign, says Dan Bass, a managing director of investment banking for Performance Trust Capital Partners. Moore "is obviously very well known in the marketplace," he says.

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Prosperity Bank’s move into Oklahoma not on menu for other Texas Banks

December 14, 2012
Houston Business Journal

Other large Texas financial institutions, such as Houston-based Amegy Bank NA and San Antonio-based Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc. (NYSE: CFR), have shown more interest in major Texas metropolitan markets. Based on their growth strategies, they probably didn’t pursue the Coppermark deal in Oklahoma City, said Dan Bass, Houston managing director for Chicago-based Performance Trust Capital Partners. “Are there any Texas banks that would do this deal? I don’t know of one,” Bass said. “A lot of banks that say they want to acquire in Texas haven’t done a lot of deals, and Prosperity just has a history of knowing how to do deals and not overpay and integrate them successfully and wring out the cost savings.”

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