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Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. Message Board

  • woopigsooie woopigsooie Jan 16, 2000 8:18 PM Flag


    in 2000. I
    only hope someone in New York notices this tiny bank

    Second, truly there are more lucrative markets than
    Clinton, AR. If I was part of management, I would open a
    Bank in Benton, AR. Why you ask. Several reason. There
    is no true bank in Benton anymore...and with the
    opening of the three-lane interstate in a few years that
    market will be one of the fastest growing areas around
    Little Rock.... Sure LR is a good market - but the bank
    needs to follow the people to the "burbs." I am not
    nearly as familar with Conway or any of the areas North
    of the city but they might be markets worth looking
    into.... I know they said that they weren't going to
    expand like they had once figured - but those markets
    seem to be more primed for a bank like OZRK than

    I figure most of the movement
    in price is due to Market makers - just trying to
    dump the stock - just to get out of banks - regional
    banks especailly. I don't know why that trend is... but
    it has got to have something to do with these damn
    .com stock. Although they've made me some money - I
    just can't get a handle on them, and why they should
    make sense... guess I am just a country boy at heart
    that likes to real profits and real commerce taking

    Forth, The stock is a very good stock (fundamentally) -
    I just don't know when the market will figure it
    out... true they compromise some profit for expansion -
    but what company in it's right mind wouldn't - don't
    you have to do that in a mature market/industry to
    gain share? I mean, some people just don't think
    things through - or is it me - being young and not
    thinking things through? Only thing I would pay attention
    to in the future would be ROA. But in the long term
    - if management is any where near coherent....this
    should be strong....after a few years of writting down
    some of their new bricks and mortar.

    Fifth, I
    am a university student at the UofA, majoring in
    Finance.... I would appreciate any input anyone has about my
    message - because aren't we all here to

    Thanks for taking your time to read my "humble"
    message.... Oh yes, I am graduating in May so if anyone wants
    to hire me that would be cool, too. =) Sorry, I had
    to put that plug in... hehehe.

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    • WooPigSooie:

      Good points. Especially about
      your thoughts/advice regarding the northwest area. I
      would like to see OZRK capture that market.

      Hopefully, Wall Street will look at "real earnings" rather
      than "Dot Com" stocks. I hope they wake up and find
      that a stock with a P/E of 11.6 and a yield of 2.06%
      (OZRK) sure beats a stock with a P/E of 453.02 and no
      yield (QCOM).

      Some postives about OZRK

      Record earnings for 4 straight years.
      Low P/E
      Decent Yield (2.06%)
      Banking sector
      Small Cap stocks undervalued
      Elimination of banking
      / investing regulations

      Best of luck in your
      career. Perhaps someday, you might the CEO of OZRK? If
      your aim is low, you will never hit a high target.
      (Hire me as a VP when you get there).


      • 1 Reply to CJPCMan2

        Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. Announces Thirteenth
        Consecutive Quarter of Record Earnings

        LITTLE ROCK,
        Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 13, 2000--Bank of the Ozarks, Inc.
        (NASDAQ: OZRK - news) today announced record earnings for
        the thirteenth consecutive quarter. Net income for
        the first quarter ended March 31, 2000 totaled
        $1,786,000, a 17.0% increase over net income of $1,526,000
        for the first quarter of 1999. Diluted earnings per
        share were $0.47 for the first quarter of 2000 compared
        to $0.40 for the first quarter of 1999, an increase
        of 17.5%.

        The Company's returns on average
        assets and average stockholders' equity for the first
        quarter of 2000 were 0.90% and 16.13%, respectively,
        compared with 0.97% and 15.14%, respectively, for the
        comparable quarter in 1999.

        Total assets were $819
        million at March 31, 2000, a 22.8% increase from $667
        million at March 31, 1999. Loans were $477 million at
        March 31, 2000, compared to $401 million at March 31,
        1999, an increase of 19.1%. Deposits were $612 million
        at March 31, 2000, compared to $582 million at March
        31, 1999, an increase of 5.2%.

        equity increased from $41.6 million at March 31, 1999,
        to $45.1 million at March 31, 2000. During this same
        period book value per share increased from $11.01 to

        In commenting on these results George
        Gleason, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated,
        ``We are pleased to report another quarter of record
        earnings, despite intense competition and rising interest
        rates. During the first quarter, we added significant
        numbers of core checking, savings and money market
        accounts each month. We also had growth in loans and our
        number of cash management and trust customers. Our focus
        on improving efficiency resulted in a reduction in
        non-interest expenses to a level below each of the previous
        three quarters. Our focus on improving asset quality
        resulted in a $331,000 decline in non-performing assets
        during the first quarter. This was our fourth
        consecutive quarter in which the volume and ratio of our
        non-performing assets has declined, even though our loans grew
        19% during these same four quarters.''

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