Smart Money Cheers As Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (OZRK) Posts Big Revenue, Earnings Increases

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Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ:OZRK) reported net income of $44.8 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015 after trading closed today, a mighty 69.1% increase over the same quarter a year ago. Diluted earnings per common share for the quarter which ended June 30 was reported to be $0.51, jumping 50.0% from the second quarter of 2014. Wall Street was expecting an identical EPS of $0.51. Shares of the firm are up over 1% in after-hours trading following a 1.25% gain during Monday’s trading session. Bank Of The Ozarks said in its report that as of June 30, deposits stood at $7.09 billion, up by 42.2% from a year ago. Total assets on said date were $8.71 billion, up by 38.3% from a year ago. George Gleason, chairman and chief executive officer, boasted of the firm’s $456 million of growth in non-purchased loans and leases in the company’s press release announcing the results, as well as the $596 million growth in the unfunded balance of closed loans, its efficiency ratio of 36.6%, its net interest margin of 5.37%, and its excellent asset quality.

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It’s important to note that the smart money was becoming bullish on Bank Of The Ozarks Inc (NASDAQ:OZRK) heading into the second quarter, likely based on many of the improving fundamental aspects of the company’s operationsd detailed in its latest earnings release. By the end of March, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long in this stock, up by one from the end of December. The total value of their holdings also increased by 31.20% quarter-over-quarter to $80.28 million by the end of March. This is a very bullish sign, as the stock declined by 2.61% during the first quarter. Hedge funds have also been right, as the stock gained 23.88% in the second quarter and is now up slightly in the third/

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We also track insider transactions in the form of share purchases or sales to gauge the level of confidence company executives have in their firms. For Bank Of The Ozarks, there were no purchases in the first half of the year. There were, however, some insider sales. Director Catherine Freedberg sold 8,185 shares on June 5, while Director Ross Whipple sold 122,696 shares in three transactions in May.

With this in mind, let’s check out how hedge funds traded Bank Of The Ozarks Inc in the first quarter on the next page.

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