Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) of Little Rock, Ark., posted a fourth-quarter profit gain despite sliding interest income, thanks in part to an acquisition that closed late in the year.

The $4 billion-asset lender reported Wednesday after the market closed that its net income jumped 17.6% from a year earlier to $20.7 million. Per-share earnings of 59 cents beat the 55 cent average estimate of analysts polled by Bloomberg.

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