San Antonio-based Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc. said Thursday that it has a deal to buy $73 million-asset Keller (Tex.) State Bank.

Terms of the agreement, which is expected to close in early 1999, were not disclosed.

Keller, which has three branches, is located north of the Fort Worth metropolitan area in fast-growing Tarrant County.

The deal would help $6.4 billion-asset Cullen/Frost expand around Alliance Airport, said David Tapp, president of the North Texas region for Frost Bank, a Cullen/Frost subsidiary.

Cullen/Frost reentered the Fort Worth market a few months ago when it bought $819 million-asset Overton Bancshares.

Cullen/Frost, the seventh-largest banking company in Texas, has 76 branches.

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