First Financial Bankshares Inc., a Texas corporation, was formed as a bank holding company in 1956 under the original name F&M Operating Company. It is a financial holding company registered under the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, or BHCA. Through its subsidiary banks, the Company conducts a full-service commercial banking business. Its service centers are located in North Central and West Texas. It provides management and technical resources and policy direction to its subsidiaries, which enables them to improve their banking services while continuing their local activity and identity. Each of the Company's subsidiaries operates under the day-to-day management of its own Board of Directors and officers, with substantial authority in making decisions concerning their own loan decisions, interest rates, service charges and marketing. The Company provides resources and policy direction in, among other things, the following areas; asset and liability management, investments; accounting, budgeting, training, marketing, planning, risk management, loan review, human resources, insurance, capitalization, regulatory compliance and internal audit. Each of the Company's subsidiary banks provides general commercial banking services, which include accepting and holding checking, savings and time deposits, making loans, automated teller machines, drive-in and night deposit services, safe deposit facilities, remote deposit capture, internet banking, transmitting funds, and performing other customary commercial banking services. The Company's subsidiary banks compete in their respective service areas against competitive banks, thrifts, savings and loan associations, small loan companies, credit unions, mortgage companies, insurance companies, and brokerage firms, all of which are engaged in providing financial products and services and some of which are larger than its subsidiary banks in terms of capital, resources and personnel.