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Moves by Jeb Bush add to talk of 2016 candidacy

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush's decision to release a policy-laden e-book and all his emails from his time as governor of Florida has further stoked expectations among his allies that he will launch a presidential bid.

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Ebby Halliday acquires Fort Worth’s Williams Trew

Williams Trew Real Estate of Fort Worth has been acquired by Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc.

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Taking the Cake: Sundance had pursued Cheesecake Factory for many years

The Cheesecake Factory had been on the white board over at Sundance Square management for some time

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Fort Worth businessman to lead Abbott, Patrick inauguration efforts

Fort Worth businessman Ardon Moore will chair the committee running inauguration festivities for Gov.-elect Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick in January, it was announced on Friday.   Moore, president of Lee M. Bass Inc. in Fort Worth, is a vice chairman of the University of Texas Investment

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Meridian Bank Texas parent acquired by UMB Financial for $182.5M

Kansas City, Mo.-based UMB Financial Corp., the parent company of UMB Bank, said Dec. 15 it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Marquette Financial Companies in an all-stock transaction.

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UMB second-quarter earnings rise 15.8 percent

Kansas City, Mo.-based UMB Financial Corp., the parent company of UMB Bank, said July 23 earnings for the three months ended June 30, 2014, were $34.7 million, or 76 cents per diluted share. This is an increase of $4.7 million, or 15.8 percent, compared with second quarter 2013 earnings of $29.9 million, or 74 cents per diluted share.
Earnings for the six months ended June 30 were $58.1 million or $1.30 per share, a decrease of $6.8 million, or 10.5 percent, compared with the prior year-to-date earnings of $64.9 million or $1.62 per share.
Average total deposits increased $0.7 billion, or 6 percent, to $12.3 billion for the three months ended June 30, compared with the same period in 2013. Average noninterest-bearing demand deposits increased $516.7 million, or 11.2 percent, compared to 2013. Average interest-bearing deposits increased by $183.2 million, or 2.6 percent, in 2014 as compared to 2013. Total deposits as of June 30 were $12.2 billion, compared to $11.7 billion as of June 30, 2013, a 3.8 percent increase. Also, as of June 30, noninterest-bearing demand deposits were 44.4 percent of total deposits.
“As our second quarter results demonstrate, the strength of our business model relies on diverse revenue sources, high quality credit, a strong balance sheet and low-cost funding,” said Mariner
Kemper, chairman and chief executive officer.


Kemper said loan growth continues to be a driving force behind the company’s success, with average net loans increasing 12 percent to $6.9 billion during the second quarter of 2014, and marking the 17th consecutive quarter of loan growth.
For the quarter, noninterest income increased 18 percent to $134 million, compared with the second quarter 2013, led by revenue growth in the investment management and asset servicing businesses. Noninterest income represents 60.9 percent of total revenue.
Total company assets under management stood at a record $43.7 billion, an increase of
21.9 percent compared with the second quarter of 2013. Tier 1 capital ratio remains strong at 13.81 percent.
As of June 30, UMB had total shareholders’ equity of $1.6 billion, an increase of 30.6 percent as compared with the same period in 2013. This increase is primarily attributable to the common stock issuance the company completed in September 2013.
“Diverse revenue, loan growth, total cost of funds at 10 basis points, and excellent credit quality demonstrate that our business model continues to serve us well,” Kemper said.


UMB Bank recently expanded to Fort Worth with the opening of a branch downtown.
The bank began an expansion to the Lone Star State in January 2013 with its first location in Dallas.
“This is an exciting time for UMB in Texas as we continue to grow our book of business and expand our presence throughout the region, including recently in Fort Worth,” said Zach Fee, president of UMB Bank’s Texas region. “We have grown our loan balances to more than $88.5 million at the end of second quarter 2014. Along with rising optimism from our clients, we see growth potential in several industries, including commercial real estate, energy, manufacturing and transportation.”
UMB currently operates banking centers in eight states and specializes in commercial banking, private wealth management and personal banking.
UMB Financial Corp. trades on the Nasdaq under the symbol UMBF.

Betty Dillard
 

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