The looming fiscal cliff has spurred Southside Bancshares (SBSI) of Tyler, Tex., to pay out more of its profits to shareholders.

The $3.2 billion-asset parent company of Southside Bank declared Friday it will pay owners of its common stock a special dividend of 13 cents a share for 2012 and a one-time dividend of 20 cents that will be separate from its regular dividend of 20 cents.

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