Surety Capital Corp., Hurst, Tex., would increase its assets 43% by buying Texstar National Bank.

Surety, which has $176.8 million of assets, agreed to pay $9.5 million in cash for $74 million-asset Texstar, a five-branch bank in Universal City. The deal is expected to close by March 31. Texstar is "a good, clean bank in a good market," said Bob Hackler, president and CEO of Surety Bank, into which Texstar would be merged.

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