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PRESS RELEASE    

Allegiance Bancshares, Inc.
8847 West Sam Houston Parkway N., Suite 200
Houston, Texas 77040
ir@allegiancebank.com                                        
ALLEGIANCE BANCSHARES, INC. REPORTS
FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR-END 2017 RESULTS

Core loan growth of $376.8 million in 2017, or 20.7%, year over year and $83.5 million, or 15.8% (annualized), for the fourth quarter 2017 compared to the linked quarter

Net interest income for the fourth quarter 2017 increased $4.0 million, or 17.1%, compared to the fourth quarter 2016

Completed an offering of $40 million of Allegiance Bank subordinated notes to supplement total risk-based capital

HOUSTON, January 25, 2018. Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABTX) ("Allegiance"), the holding company of Allegiance Bank (the "Bank"), today reported net income of $3.2 million in the fourth quarter 2017 compared to $5.8 million in the fourth quarter 2016 and diluted earnings per share of $0.24 in the fourth quarter 2017 compared to $0.44 in the fourth quarter 2016. The fourth quarter 2017 results included a $2.6 million increase in the tax provision as a result of the revaluation of the deferred tax asset due to the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and $1.1 million in core technology conversion costs. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2017 was $17.6 million, or $1.31 per diluted common share, compared to net income of $22.9 million, or $1.75 per diluted common share, for the year ended December 31, 2016. The year ended December 31, 2016 included an after-tax gain of $1.3 million on the sale of two Central Texas branch locations.

"This was a sound year for Allegiance as we continued to consistently generate loan growth into the fourth quarter, while maintaining solid credit quality and a strong net interest margin," said George Martinez, Allegiance's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "Our fourth quarter earnings were impacted by the recent tax reform bill enacted at the end of December which led to a revaluation of our deferred tax asset resulting in a $2.6 million tax adjustment. We remain focused on the execution of our growth strategies as we further strengthened our capital position through the successful completion of a subordinated debt offering in December.  Additionally, we made a strategic decision to implement a new core technology platform in the first half of 2018 to a more integrated technology solution reflective of our vision to better leverage technology to achieve our goals and realize operational efficiencies in our super community banking model. This new platform will not only better position us to meet the current and future needs and demands of our customers, but also enhance the user experience for customers and employees alike," continued Martinez.

"I am very pleased with our momentum and achievements over this past year. Among those achievements are robust capital, continued customer growth, and strength in asset quality. We anticipate a sustained focus and continued progress in the coming year toward attaining our strategic goals of high quality growth with improving levels of profitability. As such, I am grateful for our dedicated employees, who add value to our customer relationships and provide superior service and innovation. They ensure a consistent customer experience at Allegiance, just as they have done throughout our 10-year history, and I appreciate their hard work and loyalty," concluded Martinez.

Fourth Quarter 2017 Results

Net interest income before provision for loan losses in the fourth quarter 2017 increased $4.0 million, or 17.1%, to $27.4 million from $23.4 million for the fourth quarter 2016 primarily due to organic loan growth. Net interest income before provision for loan losses in the fourth quarter 2017 increased slightly from $27.0 million in the third quarter 2017. The net interest margin on a tax equivalent basis increased one basis point to 4.33% for the fourth quarter 2017 from 4.32% for the fourth quarter 2016 and decreased four basis points from 4.37% for the third quarter 2017.

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The following information was filed by Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. (ABTX) on Thursday, January 25, 2018 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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