A year ago, Manuel J. Mehos confidently predicted that his Houston- based Coastal Banc State Savings Bank would buy commercial banks on its path to becoming the biggest savings institution in Texas.

Last week, Coastal did just that, becoming one of the very few thrifts in recent years to purchase a healthy community bank. The $2.4 billion thrift inked an agreement to buy Houston's Texas Capital Bancshares and its Texas Capital Bank for $21.1 million.

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