NEW YORK — Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc., a full‐service, boutique investment bank and broker‐dealer that specializes in the financial services sector, has named 18 U.S. banking institutions to its coveted “Bank Honor Roll” of superior performers.

First Defiance Financial Corp. is among those honored.

Honor Roll winners are publicly traded banking institutions with more than $500 million in total assets that consistently reported increases in earnings per share over the last nine years since the 2009 financial crisis.

KBW found that 18 banking institutions, out of nearly 375 total companies screened, qualify for inclusion on the KBW Bank Honor Roll. This is up from 16 institutions in the prior year.

Two new members made this year’s list: 1st Source Corporation (SRCE) and Bank First National Corporation (BFC).

There are also 16 returning members that made this year’s list: Associated Banc-Corp. (ASB), BancFirst Corporation (BANF), Colony Bankcorp Inc. (CBAN), Eagle Bancorp Inc. (EGBN), East West Bancorp, Inc. (EWBC), First Defiance Financial Corp. (FDEF), First Financial Bankshares Inc. (FFIN), First Savings Financial Group Inc. (FSFG), Fulton Financial Corporation (FULT), German American Bancorp Inc. (GABC), Greene County Bancorp, Inc. (GCBC), Lakeland Financial Corporation (LKFN), ServisFirst Bancshares Inc. (SFBS), U.S. Bancorp (USB), Webster Financial Corporation (WBS) and Western Alliance Bancorporation (WAL).

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