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Fort Worth's new thoroughfare plan aims for more variety in street design

Fort Worth is launching a review of its master thoroughfare plan aimed at accommodating continued suburban growth and central city redevelopment with a greater variety of streets and more efficient traffic flow.

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On the rise: Kolache bakery stirs up Fort Worth breakfast scene

Investment bankers Wade Chappell and Greg Saltsman didn’t know anything about baking or how to make kolaches when they started their own kolache delivery business in Fort Worth. The two friends just loved eating the Czech pastries but couldn’t find a product they liked locally.

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Holt Hickman, businessman who helped preserve Stockyards, dies at 82

Longtime Fort Worth businessman, philanthropist and preservationist Holt Hickman died Nov. 15, 2014, at the age of 82.

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Fort Worth denies three building permits amid TCU overlay debate

City Council members will consider appeals on the three single-family permits Tuesday.

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UPDATE: Could American Airlines move its headquarters?

A key linchpin in the Fort Worth economy, American Airlines Group Inc., is considering sites for a new headquarters, possibly outside the city, the airline’s CEO said this morning.

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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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