U.S. Fed approves Ameris Bancorp-Hamilton State Bancshares merger

WASHINGTON, June 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Wednesday it had approved a merger between Georgia's Ameris Bancorp and Hamilton State Bancshares, in a further sign of growing bank consolidation in the country.

Ameris, which has consolidated assets of about $7.9 billion, will take over Hamilton, with $1.8 billion in assets. The combined group will be a top 200 bank by assets.

(Reporting by Michelle Price; Editing by Richard Chang)