Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) in Little Rock, Ark., said that its first-quarter earnings climbed 26% from the same period last year, to $25.3 million, thanks largely to strong loan growth and an accounting gain stemming from its March acquisition of Bancshares Inc. in Houston.

Earnings per common share climbed 21% year over year, to 65 cents, but fell a penny short of consensus estimates, according to analysts polled by Bloomberg.

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