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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C.  20549


FORM 11-K

FOR ANNUAL REPORTS OF EMPLOYEE STOCK
PURCHASE, SAVINGS AND SIMILAR PLANS
PURSUANT TO SECTION 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

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ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018

OR
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TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from ____________ to ____________
 
Commission file number: 0-12247

A.    Full title of the plan and the address of the plan, if different from that of the issue named below:

Savings Plan for the Subsidiaries of Southside Bancshares, Inc.

B.    Name of issuer of the securities held pursuant to the plan and the address of its principal executive office:

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Southside Bancshares, Inc.
1201 S. Beckham Avenue
Tyler, TX 75701

 




SAVINGS PLAN FOR THE
SUBSIDIARIES OF SOUTHSIDE BANCSHARES, INC.

Table of Contents
 
 
Page
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
Financial Statements:
 
Statements of Net Assets Available for Benefits (Modified Cash Basis)
Statements of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits (Modified Cash Basis)
Notes to Financial Statements
Supplemental Schedule
 
Schedule H, Line 4i - Schedule of Assets (Held at End of Year) at December 31, 2018
Other Information
 
Exhibit Index
Signature
 
 
 
 




SAVINGS PLAN FOR THE
SUBSIDIARIES OF SOUTHSIDE BANCSHARES, INC.

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Plan Participants and the Plan Administrator of the Savings Plan for the Subsidiaries of Southside Bancshares, Inc.

Opinion on the Financial Statements

We have audited the accompanying statements of net assets available for benefits (modified cash basis) of the Savings Plan for the Subsidiaries of Southside Bancshares, Inc. (the Plan) as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, and the related statements of changes in net assets available for benefits (modified cash basis) for the years then ended, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the “financial statements”). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the net assets available for benefits (modified cash basis) of the Plan at December 31, 2018 and 2017, and the changes in its net assets available for benefits (modified cash basis) for the years then ended, on the basis of accounting as described in Note 2.

Modified Cash Basis of Accounting

As described in Note 2, the financial statements and supplemental schedule have been prepared on the modified cash basis of accounting, which is a comprehensive basis of accounting other than accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

Basis for Opinion
These financial statements are the responsibility of the Plan’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Plan’s financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB) and are required to be independent with respect to the Plan in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. The Plan is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. As part of our audits we are required to obtain an understanding of internal control over financial reporting but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Plan’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.

Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

Supplemental Schedule

The accompanying supplemental schedule (modified cash basis) of assets (held at end of year) at December 31, 2018, has been subjected to audit procedures performed in conjunction with the audit of the Plan’s financial statements. The information in the supplemental schedule is the responsibility of the Plan’s management. Our audit procedures included determining whether the information reconciles to the financial statements or the underlying accounting and other records, as applicable, and performing procedures to test the completeness and accuracy of the information presented in the supplemental schedule. In forming our opinion on the information, we evaluated whether such information, including its form and content, is presented in conformity with the Department of Labor’s Rules and Regulations for Reporting and Disclosure under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. In our opinion, the information is fairly stated, in all material respects, in relation to the financial statements as a whole.

/s/ Ernst & Young LLP

We have served as the Plan’s auditor since 2014.
Dallas, Texas
June 28, 2019


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SUBSIDIARIES OF SOUTHSIDE BANCSHARES, INC.
STATEMENTS OF NET ASSETS AVAILABLE FOR BENEFITS
(MODIFIED CASH BASIS)




 
Years Ended December 31,
 
2018
 
2017
ASSETS
 
 
 
Investments:
 
 
 
Investments, at fair value
$
24,039,858

 
$
22,466,475

Fully benefit responsive investments, at contract value
188,412

 
197,031

Total investments
24,228,270

 
22,663,506

Receivables:
 
 
 
Notes receivable from participants
533,488

 
424,726

 
 
 
 
Net assets available for benefits
$
24,761,758

 
$
23,088,232

 
 
 
 

See Accompanying Notes to Financial Statements.

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SUBSIDIARIES OF SOUTHSIDE BANCSHARES, INC.
STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS AVAILABLE FOR BENEFITS
(MODIFIED CASH BASIS)


 
Years Ended December 31,
 
2018
 
2017
ADDITIONS:
 
 
 
Investment income:
 
 
 
Net (depreciation) appreciation in fair value of investments
$
(1,861,059
)
 
$
1,991,996

Dividend and interest income
269,962

 
300,945

Total investment (loss) income
(1,591,097
)
 
2,292,941

Interest income on notes receivable from participants
21,778

 
17,537

Contributions:
 
 
 
Participant
3,299,514

 
2,549,849

Employer
648,240

 
415,963

Rollovers
507,263

 
975,573

Total contributions
4,455,017

 
3,941,385

Total additions
2,885,698

 
6,251,863

 
 
 
 
DEDUCTIONS:
 
 
 
Benefits paid to participants
1,183,888

 
4,074,313

Excess contributions returned to participants

 
13,158

Administrative expenses
28,284

 
35,493

Total deductions
1,212,172

 
4,122,964

Net increase
1,673,526

 
2,128,899

 
 
 
 
NET ASSETS AVAILABLE FOR BENEFITS:
 
 
 
Beginning of year
23,088,232

 
20,959,333

End of year
$
24,761,758

 
$
23,088,232

 
 
 
 

See Accompanying Notes to Financial Statements.


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SUBSIDIARIES OF SOUTHSIDE BANCSHARES, INC.
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2018 AND 2017


NOTE 1 - DESCRIPTION OF PLAN

General and Administrative

The Savings Plan for the Subsidiaries of Southside Bancshares, Inc. (the “Plan”) is a defined contribution 401 (k) profit sharing plan for eligible employees of Southside Bancshares, Inc. and Subsidiaries (the “Company” or “Employer”). The Plan is administered by Southside Bank (“Plan Administrator”), a subsidiary of Southside Bancshares, Inc., (the “Plan Sponsor”). Principal Financial Group (the “Trustee”) provides certain plan administrative and support services such as compliance testing, processing distribution/loan requests, and enrollment and transaction processing and serves as the investment advisor, trustee and custodian.

The Plan is subject to the provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”). Participants should refer to the plan document and summary plan description for a more complete description of the Plan’s provisions, copies of which may be obtained from the Plan Sponsor.

Eligibility

Eligible employees may participate in the Plan after they have worked at least 30 days with the Company or a predecessor employer.

Union employees, leased employees, independent contractors (even if later determined to be an employee), non-resident aliens and any security officers hired after April 30, 2003 who are also employed on a full-time basis by any federal, state, county or local law enforcement agency shall be excluded from participation in the Plan.

On November 30, 2017, the Company completed its acquisition of Diboll State Bancshares, Inc., (“Diboll”) a Texas corporation and the merger of Diboll’s wholly owned subsidiary, First Bank & Trust East Texas (“FBTET”), headquartered in Diboll, Texas, with and into Southside Bank pursuant to an Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of June 12, 2017. The First Bank & Trust East Texas 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan (“terminated plan”) was terminated immediately prior to the effective time of the merger, at which time, FBTET was added as a predecessor employer to the Plan allowing service under the terminated plan to count as service with the Company. The terminated plan’s assets were not under the Plan’s control and are not included in the Plan’s net assets as of December 31, 2018 or 2017. A favorable determination letter was received from the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) during the second quarter of 2019. Former FBTET employees have the option to roll their balance in the terminated plan to an individual retirement account (“IRA”), roll their balance to the Company’s Plan or take a distribution.  As of June 13, 2019, the date the terminated plan was liquidated, former FBTET employees elected to roll approximately $7.6 million from the terminated plan into the Company’s Plan.

Contributions

A participant may elect to make salary deferral contributions of his or her eligible compensation subject to certain maximum limitations imposed by the Internal Revenue Code. These elective deferral contributions may consist of both pre-tax and Roth 401(k) contributions; however, the combination of pre-tax and Roth contributions were limited to $18,500 for 2018 and $18,000 for 2017.

Participants age 50 and over by the end of the plan year are permitted to make annual catch-up contributions. The catch-up contribution limit for both 2018 and 2017 was $6,000, making the total elective deferral limitation $24,500 for 2018 and $24,000 for 2017.

On January 1 of each year and on the plan entry date for each new participant that has met the eligibility criteria, an automatic enrollment at a 5% deferral rate will be applied to all participant accounts that have not chosen a different percentage (excluding zero) or selected not to defer.   If a participant does not choose a different deferral percentage other than the automatic 5%, the deferral percentage will also be automatically increased each first day of each succeeding plan year by 1% up to a maximum deferral percentage of 10%. 

The Company has an option to provide discretionary contributions (for employees hired after December 31, 2005) equal to a matching percentage which the Company, from time to time, deems advisable (50% up to 5% of compensation for 2017).  Beginning April 1, 2018, the Company’s matching percentage was increased to 100% for the first 3% of the employee’s salary deferral and 50% for the next 2% of the employee’s salary deferral. In applying the matching percentage, only salary deferrals up to 5% of a participant’s eligible compensation will be used.  To receive the Company’s discretionary matching contribution for a Plan year,

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SUBSIDIARIES OF SOUTHSIDE BANCSHARES, INC.
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2018 AND 2017


if any, the participant must have made match-eligible contributions during the Plan year, completed 1,000 hours or more of service during the Plan year, must be employed by the Company on the last day of the Plan year (unless termination due to death, disability or attainment of normal retirement age) and must not be currently accruing a benefit under the Retirement Plan for the Subsidiaries of Southside Bancshares, Inc.

Rollover Contributions

A rollover contribution is an amount received from another plan or IRA. Under certain circumstances, participants may roll over an amount from another plan to this Plan. This amount comes from contributions made because of past participation in another plan. A rollover is only allowed in cash. A rollover may include an outstanding loan balance, if the participant were affected by a business event that results in a change of employer. A direct rollover may come from other qualified plans, tax sheltered annuity plans and governmental 457 plans. A participant rollover that was originally paid to the participant may come from other qualified plans, tax sheltered annuity plans, governmental 457 plans and traditional IRAs.

Vesting

Participants are immediately vested in their salary deferred contributions including Roth 401(k) contributions and any rollover contributions plus actual earnings thereon. Vesting service means the sum of a participant’s periods of service. The cumulative periods of service begin when the participant starts working for the Company and/or a predecessor employer and ends on the earlier of the date the participant stops working for the Company or the date the participant is absent from work one year. Any Plan year in which a participant was not an employee of the Company for a full year or is absent from work less than one year will count as a period of service for vesting purposes.

Vesting in the Company matching contributions is based upon periods of service as indicated below:
Periods of Service
 
% Vested
Less than 2
 
0%
2
 
20%
3
 
40%
4
 
60%
5
 
80%
6 or more
 
100%

Participant Accounts

Each participant’s account is credited with the participant’s contribution, the Company’s matching contributions (if eligible), and the net earnings or losses from the investment activities of the participant’s account, reduced for any withdrawals and fees associated with notes receivables. The benefit to which a participant is entitled is the benefit that can be provided from the participant’s vested account.

Forfeited Accounts

Upon termination of employment, participants forfeit their nonvested benefits. These forfeitures generally may serve to pay the Plan’s administrative expenses and to reduce future Employer contributions. If a participant is rehired, the participant shall have the right to repay to the Plan the portion of the participant’s account which may have been previously distributed. In the event the participant repays the entire distribution received from the Plan, the Company shall restore the non-vested portion of the participant’s account. During 2018 and 2017, forfeitures reduced Plan expenses by $13,646 and $22,285, respectively. No forfeitures were used to reduce employer contributions during 2018 or 2017. Unallocated forfeited balances as of December 31, 2018 and 2017 were $32,895 and $13,667, respectively.

Participant Investment Options

Participants are permitted to invest employee and employer contributions among only those investment alternatives made available under the Plan. Participants are permitted to invest rollover contributions into investment alternatives made available under the

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SUBSIDIARIES OF SOUTHSIDE BANCSHARES, INC.
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2018 AND 2017


Plan except for employer company stock. Participants may elect to terminate their elective deferrals at any time. Modifications to participants’ deferral amounts are effective at the beginning of the next payroll period. Participants may change their investment options via phone or online access to Principal Financial Group in accordance with applicable procedures established by the Plan Administrator.

Participant Loans

Participants may borrow from their accounts a minimum of $1,000 up to a maximum equal to the lesser of $50,000 or 50% of their vested account balance.  The maximum repayment term of any loan is 5 years.  The $50,000 limit is reduced by the excess (if any) of (A) the highest outstanding balance of loans from the Plan during the one-year period ending on the day before the date of which such loan was made, over (B) the outstanding loan balance of loans from the Plan on the date on which the loan was made.  Loan transactions are treated as a transfer to (from) the investment funds from (to) the Participants Loan account. Loans are secured by the balance in the participants’ accounts and bear interest at the rate commensurate with the Wall Street base rate at the date of issuance as determined by Principal Financial Group. A participant may not have more than one (three loans prior to August 20, 2014) loan outstanding at any point in time.  Principal and interest is paid ratably through payroll deductions over not more than 5 years.  

In-service Withdrawals

Participants may be eligible for financial hardship withdrawals to pay medical expenses, the purchase of a residence, expenses of post-secondary higher education or other eligible expenses. Hardship withdrawals are allowed for participants incurring an immediate and heavy financial need, as defined by the Plan. Hardship withdrawals are strictly regulated by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and a participant must exhaust all available loan options and available distributions prior to requesting a hardship withdrawal. The amount withdrawn, which may include all or a portion of rollover contributions, cannot exceed the amount of the hardship. Beginning January 1, 2019, the Plan was amended to comply with the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The Plan removed the suspension of participant contributions for those with a hardship withdrawal or those obtaining a hardship withdrawal. Prior to January 1, 2019, participant contributions to the Plan were suspended for at least six months after obtaining a hardship withdrawal. Participants may also withdraw any or all of the participant’s vested account if the participant is at least 59 ½ and has not yet terminated employment with the Company.

Payment of Benefits

Upon separation of service with the Company, a participant whose vested account balance is equal to or less than $5,000 but more than $1,000 will receive a mandatory distribution paid directly to an eligible retirement plan unless the participant elects to receive an immediate lump-sum distribution equal to their vested account balance. For vested account balances less than $1,000, an immediate lump-sum distribution of the vested account balance will be paid to the participant. For vested account balances greater than $5,000, a participant is eligible for a distribution paid directly to an eligible retirement plan, a single lump-sum payment, fixed period or fixed amount installment payments over a period of time or partial payments. Cash and employer securities are forms of payment available under the Plan.

Administrative Expenses

Some Plan administrative expenses are paid by the Company. Expenses relating to purchases, sales or transfers of the Plan’s investments are charged to the particular investment fund to which the expenses relate. Fees related to the administration of participants’ notes receivable and distributions are charged directly to the participants.

Plan Termination

Although it has not expressed any intent to do so, the Company has the right under the Plan to discontinue its contributions at any time and to terminate the Plan subject to the provisions of ERISA. In the event the Plan terminates, affected participants will become 100% vested in their accounts.

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2018 AND 2017


NOTE 2 - SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

Basis of Accounting

The financial statements of the Plan have been prepared on the modified cash basis of accounting, which is a comprehensive basis of accounting other than U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. The modified cash basis of accounting is an acceptable alternative method of reporting under regulations issued by the Department of Labor. The carrying values of the Plan’s investments have been adjusted to fair value as stated below with the exception of the fully benefit responsive investment, which is carried at contract value. All other transactions are recorded on the cash basis.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with the modified cash basis of accounting requires management to make estimates that affect amounts reported in the financial statements and accompanying notes and supplemental schedule. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Payment of Benefits

Benefits are recorded when paid.

Investment Valuation and Income Recognition

Investments held by the Plan are stated at fair value except for fully benefit responsive investments at contract value. Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date (an exit price). See Note 3 for further discussion and disclosures related to fair value measurements.

Investment contracts that meet the fully benefit responsive investment contract criteria are reported at contract value. Contract value is the relevant measure for fully benefit responsive investment contracts, because this is the amount to be received by participants if they were to initiate permitted transactions under the terms of the Plan. Contract value represents contributions made under each contract, plus earnings, less participant withdrawals and administrative expenses.

The Plan Administrator is responsible for determining the Plan’s valuation policies and analyzing information provided by the investment custodians and issuers, which are used to determine the investment value of the Plan’s investments.

Purchases and sales of securities are recorded on a trade-date basis. Interest income is recorded on the cash basis. Dividends are recorded on the payment date. Net appreciation or depreciation in fair value of investments includes the Plan’s gains and losses on investments bought and sold as well as held during the year.

Notes Receivable from Participants

Notes receivable from participants represent participant loans that are recorded at their unpaid principal balance. Interest income on notes receivable from participants is recorded when it is received. Related fees are recorded as administrative expense and are recorded when they are paid. No allowance for credit losses was recorded as of December 31, 2018 and 2017. If a participant ceases to make loan repayments and the Plan Administrator deems the participant loan to be a distribution, the participant loan balance is reduced and a benefit payment is recorded.

Accounting Pronouncements

In January 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2016-01, “Financial Instruments – Overall (Subtopic 825-10) – Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities.” ASU 2016-01, among other things, removed the requirement for employee benefit plans to make certain disclosures related to the fair value of financial instruments not recorded at fair value. ASU 2016-01 changed the applicability of the fair value instruments disclosure under ASC 825-10-50 to be applicable to public business entities only. ASU 2016-01 is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those fiscal years, beginning after December 15, 2018. Early adoption of this portion of the guidance is permitted. ASU 2016-01 is not expected to have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.

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SUBSIDIARIES OF SOUTHSIDE BANCSHARES, INC.
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2018 AND 2017


In July 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-09, “Codification Improvements.” ASU 2018-09 removes the stable value common collective trust fund from the illustrative example in the codification to avoid the interpretation that such an investment would never have a readily determinable fair value and, therefore, would always use the net asset value per share practical expedient. Rather, a plan should evaluate whether a readily determinable fair value exists to determine whether those investments may qualify for the practical expedient to measure at net asset value in accordance with Topic 820. ASU 2018-09 is effective for annual and interim periods beginning after December 15, 2018. The guidance requires companies to apply the requirements using a modified retrospective approach in the year of adoption. We adopted ASU 2018-09 on January 1, 2019. ASU 2018-09 did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.
In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-13, “Disclosure Framework - Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Fair Value Measurement.” ASU 2018-13 modifies the disclosure requirements on fair value measurements in Topic 820. The amendments in this update remove disclosures that no longer are considered cost beneficial, modify and/or clarify the specific requirements of certain disclosures and add disclosure requirements identified as relevant. ASU 2018-13 is effective for annual and interim periods beginning after December 15, 2019. Early adoption is permitted. The guidance requires companies to apply the requirements prospectively in the year of adoption. ASU 2018-13 is not expected to have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.

NOTE 3 - FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS
Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date (i.e., an exit price). The fair value hierarchy prioritizes the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value. The hierarchy gives the highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities (Level 1) and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs (Level 3). The three levels of the fair value hierarchy are described below:

Level 1 – Valuations based on unadjusted quoted prices in active markets that are accessible to the reporting entity at the measurement date for identical assets and liabilities.

Level 2 – Valuations based on inputs other than quoted prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities that are observable either directly or indirectly for substantially the full term of the asset or liability. Level 2 inputs might include the following:

quoted prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets;
quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active;
inputs other than quoted prices that are observable for the asset or liability (e.g., interest rates, volatilities, prepayment speeds, credit risks, etc.); or
inputs that are derived principally from or corroborated by observable market data by correlation or other means.

Level 3 – Valuations based on unobservable inputs for the asset or liability (i.e., supported by little or no market activity). Level 3 inputs include management’s own assumption about the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability (including assumptions about risk).

The level in the fair value hierarchy within which the fair value measurement is classified is determined based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measure in its entirety. There were no transfers between any levels of the fair value hierarchy during the years ended December 31, 2018 or 2017.

Following is a description of the valuation techniques and inputs used for each major class of assets measured at fair value by the Plan.

Southside Bancshares, Inc. Common Stock: Fair value measurement of common stock is based upon the closing price reported on the active market on which the individual securities are traded and is classified in Level 1 of the fair value hierarchy.

Mutual Funds and Money Market Funds: Mutual fund and Money Market fund net asset values (“NAVs”) are quoted in an active market and are classified in Level 1 of the fair value hierarchy.


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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2018 AND 2017


Pooled Separate Accounts: Investments in pooled separate accounts are valued at the NAV of shares held by the Plan at year end as reported by the fund managers. NAV is used as a practical expedient for fair value.

Collective Investment Trusts: Investments in collective investment trusts are valued at the NAV as determined by using estimated fair value of the underlying assets held in the fund as reported by the investment manager of the trust. NAV is used as a practical expedient for fair value.

Investments measured at fair value on a recurring basis which are held directly by the Plan are summarized below:
 
 
December 31, 2018
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Total
Investments at fair value:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mutual Funds
$
1,903,288

 
$

 
$

 
$
1,903,288

Southside Bancshares, Inc. Common Stock
3,440,392

 

 

 
3,440,392

 
$
5,343,680

 
$

 
$

 
5,343,680

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Collective Investment Trusts (1) (2)
 
 
 
 
 
 
15,431,382

Pooled Separate Accounts (1) (3)
 
 
 
 
 
 
3,264,796

Total investments at fair value
 
 
 
 
 
 
$
24,039,858



 
 
December 31, 2017
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Total
Investments at fair value:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mutual Funds
$
1,269,358

 
$

 
$

 
$
1,269,358

Southside Bancshares, Inc. Common Stock
3,564,632

 

 

 
3,564,632

 
$
4,833,990

 
$

 
$

 
4,833,990

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Collective Investment Trusts (1) (2)
 
 
 
 
 
 
14,649,936

Pooled Separate Accounts (1) (3)
 
 
 
 
 
 
2,982,549

Total investments at fair value
 
 
 
 
 
 
$
22,466,475


(1) Certain investments that are measured using the NAV per share (or its equivalent) practical expedient have not been categorized in the fair value hierarchy but are presented to permit reconciliation of the fair value hierarchy to the amounts presented in the Statements of Net Assets Available for Benefit. The details of the Collective Investment Trusts and Pooled Separate Accounts are listed in the accompanying supplemental Schedule of Assets (Held at End of Year).

(2) Collective Investment Trusts include Principal Trust Target Date Funds which invest in various types of investments, including underlying Principal Funds, and each is managed toward a particular target (retirement) date, or the approximate date a participant starts withdrawing money. No transfer restrictions apply, except the Principal Trust 2060 Fund Z allows one transfer per 30 day period. Once the number of allowed transfers out is met, participants are not allowed to transfer back into this investment option until the holding period elapses. Contributions into the investment option are not impacted.

(3) Pooled Separate Accounts include various separate accounts with the objective to invest in debt and equity investments for current income and long-term growth. The investments allow one transfer per 30 day period. Once the number of allowed transfers out is met, participants are not allowed to transfer back into the investment option until the holding period elapses. Contributions into the investment option are not impacted.




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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2018 AND 2017


NOTE 4 - TAX STATUS

The Plan received a determination letter from the IRS dated May 7, 2014, stating that the Plan is qualified under Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (“the Code”) and therefore the related trust is exempt from taxation. Subsequent to the determinations by the IRS, the Plan was amended and restated.

The Plan document was restated onto a preapproved Volume Submitter Profit Sharing Plan document sponsored by Principal Life Insurance Company (“Principal Life”) on May 1, 2018. Principal Life has received an opinion letter from the IRS dated August 8, 2014, stating that the form of its preapproved plan is qualified under Section 401 of the Code. The Company has determined that it is eligible to, and has chosen to, rely on this opinion letter with respect to the qualification of the Plan under Section 401(a) of the Code and, therefore, the tax-exempt status of its related trust.

Accounting principles generally accepted in the United States require Plan management to evaluate uncertain tax positions taken by the Plan. The financial statement effects of a tax position are recognized when the position is more likely than not, based on the technical merits, to be sustained upon examination by the IRS. The Plan Administrator has analyzed the tax positions taken by the Plan, and has concluded that as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, there are no uncertain positions taken or expected to be taken. The Plan has recognized no interest or penalties related to uncertain tax positions. The Plan is subject to routine audits by taxing jurisdictions; however, there are currently no audits for any tax periods in progress.

NOTE 5 - RELATED-PARTY TRANSACTIONS

Shares of the Company’s common stock held by the Plan are managed by the Principal Financial Group as trustee and custodian for the Plan. The investments in Southside Bancshares, Inc. common stock at December 31, 2018 and 2017, included 108,359 and 105,838 shares and fair values of $3,440,392 and $3,564,632, respectively. The Company pays administrative fees to Principal Financial Group. These transactions qualify as party-in-interest transactions as do note receivables from participants; however, they are exempt from the prohibited transaction rules under ERISA.

NOTE 6 - RISK AND UNCERTAINTIES

The Plan invests in various investment securities. Investment securities are exposed to various risks such as interest rate, market volatility and credit risks. Due to the level of risk associated with certain investment securities, it is at least reasonably possible that changes in the values of investment securities will occur in the near term and that such changes could materially affect participants’ account balances and the amounts reported in the statement of net assets available-for-benefits.

NOTE 7 - EXCESS CONTRIBUTIONS RETURNED TO PARTICIPANTS

During 2019 and 2018, there were no excess contributions returned to participants for contributions made in excess of amounts allowed by the Internal Revenue Code.

NOTE 8 - RECONCILIATION OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS TO FORM 5500

The following is a reconciliation of net assets available-for-benefits reflected by the accompanying financial statements to Schedule H of Form 5500 at December 31:

 
2018
 
2017
Net assets available-for-benefits - financial statements
$
24,761,758

 
$
23,088,232

Employer match receivable
1,249,174

 
648,240

Employee contribution receivable
23

 

Net assets available-for-benefits - Form 5500
$
26,010,955

 
$
23,736,472

 
 
 
 


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SAVINGS PLAN FOR THE
SUBSIDIARIES OF SOUTHSIDE BANCSHARES, INC.
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2018 AND 2017


The following is a reconciliation of Employer contributions per the financial statements to Schedule H of Form 5500 for the year ended December 31, 2018:

Employer contributions per the financial statements
 
 
$
648,240

Prior year employer match receivable
 
 
(648,240
)
Current year employer match receivable
 
 
1,249,174

Employer contributions per Schedule H of Form 5500
 
 
$
1,249,174

 
 
 
 

The following is a reconciliation of the net increase in the net assets available for benefits per the financial statements to net income on Schedule H of Form 5500 for the year ended December 31, 2018:

Net increase in the net assets available for benefits
 
$
1,673,526

Current year employer match receivable
 
1,249,174

Prior year employer match receivable
 
(648,240
)
Current year employee contribution receivable
 
23

Net income per the Form 5500
 
$
2,274,483





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SAVINGS PLAN FOR THE
SUBSIDIARIES OF SOUTHSIDE BANCSHARES, INC.
PLAN No. 002 EIN 75-1848732
SCHEDULE H, Line 4i - SCHEDULE OF ASSETS (HELD AT END OF YEAR)
DECEMBER 31, 2018




 
Description of investment including maturity date, number of shares or units, rate of interest, collateral and par or maturity value
 
Identity of issuer, sponsor, borrower, lessor, or similar party
Current Value
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mutual Funds
 
 
 
 
 
The American Funds
American Funds New Perspective R6 Fund
 
3,792

shares
$
142,796

The American Funds
American Funds New World R6
 
1,283

shares
73,494

Eagle Financial Services, Inc.
Carillon Eagle Mid Cap Growth R6 Fund
 
5,682

shares
303,665

Franklin Templeton Investments
Franklin Small Cap Growth R6 Fund
 
13,329

shares
253,254

JP Morgan Funds
JP Morgan U.S. Research Enhanced Equity R6 Fund
 
11,320

shares
266,589

PIMCO Funds
PIMCO International Bond (Unhedged) I Fund
 
690

shares
6,408

PIMCO Funds
PIMCO Long Term Real Return Institutional Fund
 
1,393

shares
10,893

Vanguard Group
Vanguard US Value Investor Fund
 
28,235

shares
450,067

Vanguard Group
Vanguard Fed Money Market Investment Fund
 
396,122

shares
396,122

Common Stock
 
 
 
 
 
* Southside Bancshares, Inc.
Southside Bancshares, Inc.
 
108,359

shares
3,440,392

Collective Investment Trusts
 
 
 
 
 
* Principal Global Investors Trust Company
Principal Lifetime Hybrid Income Fund Z
 
8,864

shares
145,374

* Principal Global Investors Trust Company
Principal Lifetime Hybrid 2010 Fund Z
 
88,478

shares
1,770,439

* Principal Global Investors Trust Company
Principal Lifetime Hybrid 2015 Fund Z
 
36,120

shares
772,970

* Principal Global Investors Trust Company
Principal Lifetime Hybrid 2020 Fund Z
 
95,944

shares
2,183,680

* Principal Global Investors Trust Company
Principal Lifetime Hybrid 2025 Fund Z
 
89,836

shares
2,144,387

* Principal Global Investors Trust Company
Principal Lifetime Hybrid 2030 Fund Z
 
118,329

shares
2,933,368

* Principal Global Investors Trust Company
Principal Lifetime Hybrid 2035 Fund Z
 
37,831

shares
967,708

* Principal Global Investors Trust Company
Principal Lifetime Hybrid 2040 Fund Z
 
61,289

shares
1,606,388

* Principal Global Investors Trust Company
Principal Lifetime Hybrid 2045 Fund Z
 
43,730

shares
1,172,403

* Principal Global Investors Trust Company
Principal Lifetime Hybrid 2050 Fund Z
 
33,444

shares
897,289

* Principal Global Investors Trust Company
Principal Lifetime Hybrid 2055 Fund Z
 
19,037

shares
515,132

* Principal Global Investors Trust Company
Principal Lifetime Hybrid 2060 Fund Z
 
24,922

shares
322,244

Pooled Separate Accounts
 
 
 
 
 
  * Principal Life Insurance Company
Principal Diversified International Separate Account Z
 
2,817

shares
231,137

  * Principal Life Insurance Company
Principal Global Diversified Income Separate Account Z
 
524

shares
6,539

  * Principal Life Insurance Company
Principal Global Real Estate Securities Separate Account Z
 
1,793

shares
23,777

  * Principal Life Insurance Company
Principal High Yield I Separate Account Z
 
4,013

shares
97,826

  * Principal Life Insurance Company
Principal Income Separate Account Z
 
15,060

shares
244,500

  * Principal Life Insurance Company
Principal LargeCap Growth I Separate Account Z
 
23,956

shares
731,467

  * Principal Life Insurance Company
Principal LargeCap S&P 500 Index Separate Account Z
 
5,498

shares
705,917

  * Principal Life Insurance Company
Principal MidCap S&P 400 Index Separate Account Z
 
7,717

shares
410,934

  * Principal Life Insurance Company
Principal MidCap Value I Separate Account Z
 
3,906

shares
164,769

  * Principal Life Insurance Company
Principal Real Estate Securities Separate Account Z
 
3,599

shares
193,603

  * Principal Life Insurance Company
Principal SmallCap S&P 600 Index Separate Account Z
 
5,830

shares
336,895

  * Principal Life Insurance Company
Principal SmallCap Value II Separate Account Z
 
4,290

shares
117,432

Investment Contract
 
 
 
 
 
  * Principal Life Insurance Company
Principal Fixed Income Guaranteed Option
 
13,738

shares
188,412

Notes Receivable
 
 
 
 
 
* Participant loans
Varying maturity dates with interest rates of 3.25% to 5.50%
533,488

 
 
 
 
 
$
24,761,758

* Principal Financial Group, including associated funds and accounts, participants and the Company are parties-in-interest.

 
 
 


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Exhibit Index

 
 
 
 
 
 
Incorporated by Reference
Exhibit Number
 
Exhibit Description
 
Filed Herewith
 
Exhibit
 
Form
 
Filing Date
 
File No.
(23)
 
Consents of Experts and Counsel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
23
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the trustees (or other persons who administer the employee benefit plan) have duly caused this annual report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
 
 
 
Savings Plan for the Subsidiaries of Southside Bancshares, Inc.
 
 
 
DATE:
June 28, 2019
BY:
 /s/  Julie N. Shamburger
 
 
 
Julie N. Shamburger
 
 
 
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
 
 
 
(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)
 
 
 
Southside Bancshares, Inc.


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Section 2: EX-23 (EXHIBIT 23)

Exhibit


EXHIBIT-23


Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
We consent to the incorporation by reference in the Registration Statement (Form S-8 No. 333-199439) pertaining to the Savings Plan for the Subsidiaries of Southside Bancshares, Inc. of our report dated June 28, 2019, with respect to the financial statements and schedule of the Savings Plan for the Subsidiaries of Southside Bancshares, Inc. included in this Annual Report (Form 11-K) for the year ended December 31, 2018.

/s/ Ernst & Young LLP
Dallas, TX
June 28, 2019








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