Hilltop Holdings Inc., was formed in 1998 as a Maryland corporation. The Company's main line of business is its wholly owned bank subsidiary, PlainsCapital Bank (the "Bank"). The Bank provides business and consumer banking services from offices located throughout central, north and west Texas. The Bank allows the company to provide financial products and services such as mortgage origination and financial advisory services. Its organizational structure is comprised of two main operating business units, NLASCO, Inc. (insurance) and PlainsCapital Corporation (financial services and products). The Company operates in four business segments: banking, broker-dealer, mortgage origination, and insurance. Its business banking customers consist of agribusiness, energy, health care, institutions of higher education, real estate (including construction and land development) and wholesale/retail trade companies. Its services include: Internet banking, business check cards and other add-on services as determined on a customer-by-customer basis. The Bank offers construction financing for (i) commercial, retail, office, industrial, warehouse and multi-family developments, (ii) residential developments and (iii) single family residential properties. It also provides personal banking customers with different add-on features such as check cards, safe deposit boxes, Internet banking, bill pay, overdraft privilege services, gift cards and access to automated teller machine (ATM) facilities throughout the United States. The Company competes with commercial banks, savings banks, savings and loan associations, credit unions, finance companies, pension trusts, mutual funds, insurance companies, mortgage bankers and brokers, brokerage and investment banking firms, asset-based non-bank lenders, government agencies and certain other non-financial institutions.