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New arena at Will Rogers takes shape


The proposed Will Rogers Memorial Center arena continues to take shape as voters head for a Nov. 4 election to decide whether to approve new taxes to help pay for the $450 million facility.

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Fort Worth-based Woodmont plans $80M Hard Rock Hotel retail center

Woodmont Outlets of Fort Worth, an affiliate of The Woodmont Co., has partnered with Cherokee Nation Businesses for a proposed upscale retail development at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

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Cooking Class: Fort Worth chef brings home the gold

Toques off to Timothy Prefontaine. The executive chef at the iconic Fort Worth Club is currently the best in the nation, according to the American Culinary Federation. Prefontaine earned the title of 2014 U.S.A.’s Chef of the

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Barnett still packs economic punch, study finds

Despite reduced drilling and unstable gas prices, Fort Worth continues reaping the rewards of the Barnett Shale, according to a newly released study by The Perryman Group.7

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Fort Worth firm 'simplifies' advertising

Reaching customers requires more than price slashing and flashy ads. In today’s competitive marketplace, machines – not men and women – are essential to tapping new markets and

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Green Bank acquires North Texas bank

Houston-based Green Bancorp Inc., the parent holding company of Green Bank N.A., has entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger to acquire Plano-based SP Bancorp Inc., the parent holding company of SharePlus Bank, for $46.2 million in cash, or $29.55 per share.
The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. The sale is expected to close in third quarter 2014.
Green Bank had $1.7 billion in total assets and $1.45 billion in total deposits as of Dec. 31, 2013, while SharePlus Bank had $304 million in total assets and $261 million in total deposits.


The combined banking operation will have 16 locations operating as Green Bank. The expansion and merger will bring together Green Bank’s 12 offices in Dallas, Houston and Austin with SharePlus Bank’s three Dallas-area branches and Louisville, Ken., location.
Green Bank entered the Dallas-area market in 2010 with a Preston Center branch acquisition and a commercial lending office. During the next three years, new branches were opened in Uptown and Addison, and Opportunity Bank in Richardson was acquired.
“We pride ourselves on our strong community banking presence; the addition of SharePlus Bank strengthens our relationship and capabilities with our Dallas-based customers,” said Geoff Greenwade, president and CEO of Green Bank.


SharePlus was founded as a credit union in 1958 and became a publicly traded entity in 2010. In December 2013, SharePlus Bank converted its federal thrift charter to a state chartered, full-service bank. It shares trade on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “SPBC.”
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP serves as legal counsel to Green Bancorp Inc. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Haynes and Boone LLP are serving as legal counsel and Commerce Street Capital LLC served as financial adviser to SP Bancorp. Mercer Capital rendered a fairness opinion to SP Bancorp in connection with the proposed transaction.

Betty Dillard
bdillard@bizpress.net
 

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