Fidelity Southern in Atlanta has agreed to buy the Florida branch network of First Banks Inc. of Clayton, Mo.

The $3.2 billion-asset Fidelity said in a press release Wednesday that it will buy eight branches, about $154 million in deposits and $32 million in loans and other assets. Fidelity will pay a 1% premium for the deposits.

The branches are located in the Sarasota area, specifically in Bradenton, Longboat Key and Palmetto. Fidelity and the $6 billion-asset First Banks expect to complete the deal in the third quarter.

Fidelity Southern has been expanding in Florida. It recently agreed to buy loans and deposits from Florida Capital Bank. Last June, it bought five Florida branches from CenterState Bank.

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