Southside Bancshares, Inc. Declares Cash Dividend and a Stock Repurchase Plan

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TYLER, Texas, Nov. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Board of Directors of Southside Bancshares, Inc., (Nasdaq:SBSI), parent company of Southside Bank declared a special cash dividend for 2012 of $0.13 per common share in addition to declaring a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per common share. In addition, due to the potential changes in the tax code the Board approved a one time only additional cash dividend of $0.20 per share. The Board believes that it might be more beneficial for the shareholder to receive this one time cash dividend this year than in future years. This $0.20 one time only additional cash dividend will not be repeated in the foreseeable future. The combined cash dividend of $0.53 is payable to common stock shareholders of record November 21, 2012. The cash dividend is scheduled for payment on December 6, 2012.

"We are pleased that our business plan has produced solid results during the nine months ended September 30, 2012," stated Sam Dawson, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Due to the achievement of these results, the Board believes it is appropriate to share a portion of this success."

In a separate action the Board of Directors authorized a stock repurchase plan. The Board authorized the purchase of up to $10,000,000 of common stock open market purchases at prevailing prices to be reassessed on a quarterly basis. "During the last five years we have organically doubled our capital through the retention of earnings. We believe investing a portion of those retained earnings in a firm we know quite well, Southside Bancshares, Inc., is prudent."

About Southside Bancshares, Inc.

Southside Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company with approximately $3.22 billion in assets that owns 100% of Southside Bank. Southside Bank currently has 48 banking centers in Texas and operates a network of 49 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, 2011 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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