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BancorpSouth Closes Buyout of Alexander & Sanders Insurance

Zacks Equity Research
·2 min read

BancorpSouth Bank BXS recently announced the acquisition of the assets of Alexander & Sanders Insurance Agency, Inc. The company completed the deal through its subsidiary, BXS Insurance, Inc. The terms of deal have not been disclosed yet.

The Baton Rouge, LA-based Alexander & Sanders Insurance is a provider of risk management and insurance services to professional firms across Louisiana over the past few decades. Post the acquisition’s closure, Alexander & SandersInsurance will continue its operations from BXS Insurance's Baton Rouge, LA office.

Markham McKnight, president and chief executive officer of BXS Insurance said, "This transaction allows us to add talented leaders and teammates to our team and provides a unique opportunity to enhance our construction practice within Louisiana and across BXS Insurance's footprint."

Aided by its solid liquidity position, BancorpSouth has been making strategic investments through mergers and acquisitions (M&As). In recent years, the company has maintained an acquisition spree, fortifying its footprint in various areas. In January 2020, the company completed the acquisition of Texas First Bancshares, and expanded presence geographically, while in September 2019, it completed its mergers with Van Alstyne Financial Corporation and Summit Financial Enterprises. Moreover, the company looks forward to tap similar opportunities in the future as well.

Shares of this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company have depreciated 18.8% over the past year compared with the industry's decline of 20.2%. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 (Strong Buy) Rank stocks here.

So far this year, consolidations in the banking sector have been few and far between, as the pandemic and the resultant economic slowdown have put brakes on the same. Nonetheless, a few notable deals this year include CapStar Financial Holdings, Inc.’s CSTR merger with Tennessee-based FCB Corporation, and First Horizon National Corporation FHN and IBERIABANK Corporation’s all-stock merger of equals.

Recently, Summit Financial Group, Inc. SMMF announced entering into a definitive merger agreement to acquire WinFirst Financial Corp in an all-cash deal.

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