A Foolish Take: The dynamic bank based in Little Rock, Arkansas

A Foolish Take: The dynamic bank based in Little Rock, Arkansas

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A Foolish Take: The dynamic bank based in Little Rock, Arkansas

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These deals have not only made Bank of the Ozarks' balance sheet bigger, but they've also expanded its geographic footprint. It now operates throughout the entire Southeastern U.S., as well as in Texas, Californiaand New York.

Shareholders in Bank of the Ozarks have benefited handsomely from its ascent. After factoring in dividends, its stock has returned more than 5,500% since the bank went public in the late 1990s. That compares to a 271% total return over the same time period for an exchange-traded fund that tracks the S&P 500.

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