Monday, May 4, 2009

Gulf South Bank Conference

I’m heading down to the Gulf South Bank Conference later in the week. This is an industry-sponsored event that has about 20 or so banks presenting to investors. These aren’t the giant commercial banks that dominate the news, but are smaller community banks that don’t get a lot of publicity. I think the largest bank presenting has a market capitalization of approximately $2 billion. Here is a list of the banks attending:

BancorpSouth, Inc. (BXS)
MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. (MSL)
Bank of Florida Corporation (BOFL)
Peoples Financial Corporation (PFBX)
Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. (OZRK)
Porter Bancorp, Inc. (PBIB)
Capital City Bank Group, Inc. (CCBG)
Renasant Corporation (RNST)
CenterState Banks of Florida, Inc. (CSFL)
Simmons First National Corporation (SFNC)
Encore Bancshares, Inc (EBTX)
Southside Bancshares, Inc. (SBSI)
First Financial Bankshares, Inc (FFIN)
Superior Bancorp (SUPR)
First Security Group (FSGI)
Teche Holding Company (TSH)
Hancock Holding Company (HBHC)
TIB Financial Corporation (TIBB)
Home BancShares, Inc. (HOMB)
Trustmark Corporation (TRMK)

I just found out that Whitney Holding (WTNY) pulled out of the conference several weeks ago because it didn’t want to get any political flack from Congress about spending money on wining and dining investors. I will post my thoughts on the conference when I return.

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