Prosperity Bancshares Inc. (PB): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research - Zacks Equity Research Report

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Summary:
Prosperity Bancshares' fourth-quarter earnings outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Results benefited mainly from increased revenues, partly offset by a rise in operating expenses and higher provision for credit losses. Further, while improvement in loan and deposit balances was the tailwind, asset quality was a mixed bag. We believe that synergies from acquisitions and organic expansion will continue to benefit the company going forward. Additionally, a strong balance sheet position will likely enable Prosperity Bancshares to meaningfully deploy capital. However, a still low interest-rate environment, rising operating expenses, significant exposure to the real estate loan portfolio and stringent regulations will likely weigh on the company's financials in the near term.

Overview:

Houston, TX-based Prosperity Bancshares, Inc. was formed in 1983 as a vehicle to acquire the former Allied Bank in Edna, TX, which was chartered in 1949 as The First National Bank of Edna and is now known as Prosperity Bank. The financial holding company pursuant to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act derives substantially all of its revenues and income from its bank subsidiary Prosperity Bank.

Prosperity Bank provides a wide range of financial products and services traditional loan and deposit products to small and medium-sized businesses and consumers. The company provides loans to businesses in the range of $0.1 million to $8.0 million. As of Dec 31, 2013, Prosperity Bank operated 238 full-service banking centers.

Since its inception, Prosperity Bancshares has been growing considerably through the acquisition of community banks and branches of other banks. Moreover, since 1998, the company has closed more than 25 deals.

The major buyouts include Commercial Bancshares, Inc. in 2001, First Capital Bankers, Inc. in 2005, Texas United Bancshares, Inc in 2007, Franklin Bank in 2008 and First Bank in 2010. Further in 2012, Prosperity Bancshares completed the acquisition of Texas Bankers, Inc., The Bank Arlington, American State Financial Corporation and Bellaire-based Community National Bank.

In 2013, Prosperity Bancshares acquired East Texas Financial Services Inc. and its fully-owned subsidiary, First Federal Bank Texas Coppermark Bancshares, Inc and its fully-owned subsidiary Coppermark Bank as well as FVNB Corp. and its fully owned subsidiary, First Victoria National Bank.

As of Dec 31, 2013, Prosperity Bancshares had total assets of $18.6 billion, cash and cash equivalents of $381.4 million, net loans of $7.8 billion, total deposits of $15.3 billion and shareholders' equity of $2.8 billion. As of the same date, the company had 2,995 employees.


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