Southside Bancshares, Inc. Increases the Cash Dividend and Declares Cash Dividend and Stock Dividend

TYLER, Texas, May 05, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Board of Directors of Southside Bancshares, Inc., (NASDAQ:SBSI), parent company of Southside Bank approved an increase to the regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.01 to $0.24 per common share and declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.24 per common share. The cash dividend is payable to common stock shareholders of record May 19, 2016 and is scheduled for payment on June 2, 2016. In a separate motion, the Board of Directors declared a 5% common stock dividend payable to common shareholders of record May 31, 2016. The common stock dividend is scheduled for payment on June 28, 2016.

“The increase in the quarterly cash dividend, combined with the 5% common stock dividend represents a 9.34% increase in the cash dividend for our shareholders,” stated Sam Dawson, Chief Executive Officer of Southside Bancshares, Inc. “We believe it is appropriate to continue to share a portion of Southside’s success with our shareholders.”

About Southside Bancshares, Inc.

Southside Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company with approximately $5.0 billion in assets that owns 100% of Southside Bank. Southside Bank currently has 60 banking centers in Texas and operates a network of over 70 ATMs.

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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, 2015 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.

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