Southside Bancshares, Inc. Declares Cash Dividend

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TYLER, Texas, Aug. 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Board of Directors of Southside Bancshares, Inc., (Nasdaq:SBSI), parent company of Southside Bank approved a 4.8% increase in the regular quarterly cash dividend from $0.21 per common share to $0.22 per common share effective immediately. In a separate action the Board declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per common share. The cash dividend is payable to common stock shareholders of record August 21, 2014. The cash dividend is scheduled for payment on September 4, 2014.

About Southside Bancshares, Inc.

Southside Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company with approximately $3.5 billion in assets that owns 100% of Southside Bank. Southside Bank currently has 50 banking centers in Texas and operates a network of 49 ATMs.

To learn more about Southside Bancshares, Inc., please visit our investor relations website at www.southside.com/investor. Our investor relations site provides a detailed overview of our activities, financial information and historical stock price data. To receive e-mail notification of company news, events and stock activity, please register on the E-mail Notification portion of the website. Questions or comments may be directed to Susan Hill at (903)531-7220, or susan.hill@southside.com

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements of other than historical fact that are contained in this document and in other written material, press releases and oral statements issued by or on behalf of the Company, a bank holding company, may be considered to be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of and subject to the protections of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, nor should they be relied upon as representing management's views as of any subsequent date. These statements may include words such as "expect," "estimate," "project," "anticipate," "appear," "believe," "could," "should," "may," "likely," "intend," "probability," "risk," "target," "objective," "plans," "potential," and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are statements with respect to the Company's beliefs, plans, expectations, objectives, goals, anticipations, assumptions, estimates, intentions and future performance and are subject to significant known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. For example, discussions about trends in asset quality, capital, liquidity, the pace of loan growth, earnings and certain market risk disclosures, including the impact of interest rate and other economic uncertainty, are based upon information presently available to management and are dependent on choices about key model characteristics and assumptions and are subject to various limitations. By their nature, certain of the market risk disclosures are only estimates and could be materially different from what actually occurs in the future. As a result, actual income gains and losses could materially differ from those that have been estimated.

Additional information concerning the Company and its business, including additional factors that could materially affect the Company's financial results, is included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 under "Forward-Looking Information" and Item 1A. "Risk Factors," and in the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any factors or to announce publicly the result of revisions to any of the forward-looking statements included herein to reflect future events or developments.

Additional Information About the Proposed Merger and Where to Find It

This document does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, or a solicitation of any vote or approval, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. In connection with the proposed merger between Southside and OmniAmerican, Southside has filed with the SEC a Registration Statement on Form S-4, which includes a preliminary joint proxy statement of Southside and OmniAmerican and constitutes a preliminary prospectus. After the registration statement is declared effective by the SEC, Southside and OmniAmerican will deliver a definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus to their respective shareholders. SOUTHSIDE AND OMNIAMERICAN URGE INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS TO READ THE DEFINITIVE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS REGARDING THE PROPOSED MERGER WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THOSE DOCUMENTS, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED MERGER. Investors and security holders may obtain (when available) copies of all documents filed with the SEC regarding the merger, free of charge, at the SEC's website (www.sec.gov). You may also obtain these documents, free of charge, from (i) Southside's website (www.southside.com) under the tab "Investor Relations," and then under the tab "Documents"; (ii) Southside upon written request to Corporate Secretary, P.O. Box 8444, Tyler, Texas 75711; (iii) OmniAmerican's website (www.omniamerican.com) under the tab "Investor Relations," and then under the tab "SEC Filings"; or (iv) OmniAmerican upon written request to Keishi High at 1320 South University Drive, Suite 900, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.

Participants in the Solicitation

Southside, OmniAmerican and their respective directors and executive officers may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies from Southside and OmniAmerican shareholders in connection with the proposed merger and related matters. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the solicitation of Southside and OmniAmerican shareholders in connection with the proposed merger and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the joint proxy statement/prospectus that filed with the SEC. You can find information about Southside's directors and executive officers in Southside's definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on March 14, 2014 for its 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, as amended. You can find information about OmniAmerican's directors and executive officers in OmniAmerican's definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on April 16, 2014 for its 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Additional information about Southside's directors and executive officers and OmniAmerican's directors and executive officers is also be set forth in the above-referenced Registration Statement on Form S-4 filed with the SEC. Investors should read the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus carefully when it becomes available before making any voting or investment decisions. You can obtain, when available, free copies of these documents from Southside and OmniAmerican using the contact information above.

CONTACT: For further information: Lee R. Gibson 903 531-7221

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