Regulatory delays have forced ViewPoint Financial in Plano, Texas, and LegacyTexas Group in Plano to push back the closing date for their planned merger a second time.

The companies said in a press release Friday that they amended their merger agreement to expire on Dec. 31. Another amendment allows ViewPoint and LegacyTexas to close the deal within five days after receiving all regulatory approvals.

More time is needed to obtain regulatory approvals, the companies said. The merger is expected to create a company with assets of more than $5 billion.

"We are working very hard to complete the merger, and are totally committed to creating, together, the premier Dallas-Fort Worth commercial banking franchise," ViewPoint President and Chief Executive Kevin Hanigan said in the release. "Our integration efforts are progressing very well, and we are pleased with the continued strong 2014 performance of both LegacyTexas and ViewPoint."

The deal was announced in December. The companies said in June that they had pushed the closing date of the deal, originally set to close in the second quarter, to Aug. 31.

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