Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) in Little Rock, Ark., got an earnings boost ahead of its acquisition of a Houston bank.

The $4.8 billion-asset company made a profit of $24.4 million in the fourth quarter, up 18% from the same period in 2012, it said Friday. Per-share earnings of 66 cents were 1 cent higher than analysts polled by Bloomberg had forecast.

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