Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. Announces Houston Footprint Expansion
HOUSTON, Texas, November 26, 2018 – Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABTX) (“Allegiance”), the holding company of Allegiance Bank, today announced that it will expand its presence in the Houston-area market with the signing of a purchase agreement for a banking location in Sugar Land and the opening of a de novo bank office in the “EaDo” district, a redevelopment area on the east side of downtown Houston.
“We are very excited to further expand Allegiance Bank’s footprint, which strategically complements our existing bank office network in the strong Houston market,” said George Martinez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Allegiance Bancshares. “We already have a solid presence across the city and its surrounding areas, but we see these expansions as an opportunity to expertly serve new clients in two rapidly growing markets. We have been working hard to ensure that our new Sugar Land customers experience a smooth transition to Allegiance and to help our experienced lending team get entrenched in the vibrant EaDo community. Both locations reflect our commitment to the Houston area and support our mission to provide highly personalized service to our customers in communities where they both live and work.”
Sugar Land Branch Acquisition
On November 20, 2018, Allegiance Bank signed a purchase agreement to acquire certain assets and assume the deposits of LoweryBank, the Sugar Land location of Huntington State Bank. The transaction, which includes approximately $15 million in deposits and $50 million in loans, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019, pending other customary and regulatory approvals. Allegiance Bank plans to consolidate its existing Sugar Land bank office into this new bank office location, which is less than one mile away.
EaDo District De Novo Branch
Additionally, Allegiance Bank received regulatory approval for a de novo bank office on the east side of downtown Houston, or “EaDo,” which is expected to open in the first half of 2020. The EaDo bank office will be less than two miles away from the heart of Houston’s central business district. EaDo is a low-to-moderate income rapidly growing area with numerous small- to medium-sized businesses that are in need of a community bank like Allegiance Bank that offers all of the financial products and services to help them succeed. The redevelopment of the EaDo area of Houston is attracting a new population of young residents and upscale professionals, including those of Allegiance Bank’s team of highly experienced lenders that have already began servicing the EaDo district.
About Allegiance Bancshares, Inc.
As of September 30, 2018, Allegiance was a $3.04 billion asset Houston, Texas-based bank holding company and operated 16 full- service bank offices and one loan production office in the Houston metropolitan area through its wholly owned subsidiary, Allegiance Bank. On October 1, 2018, Allegiance completed the acquisition of Post Oak Bancshares, Inc. surpassing $4.00 billion in assets and a total of 28 combined bank offices throughout the greater Houston metropolitan area and one in Beaumont, just outside of the Houston metropolitan area. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Allegiance Bank, Allegiance provides a diversified range of commercial banking services primarily to Houston metropolitan area-based small to medium sized businesses and individual customers.
Allegiance’s super-community banking strategy was designed to foster strong customer relationships while benefiting from a platform and scale that is competitive with larger local and regional banks. Visit www.allegiancebank.com for more information.
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