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HilltopSecurities Ranked 3rd Largest Clearing Firm in the Nation

DALLAS, September 21, 2016 – Hilltop Securities Inc. (HTS) is ranked as the 3rd largest clearing firm in the nation, according to Investment News.

The position comes from Investment News’ 2016 Custodians and Clearing Firms Ranking, an annual assessment of the largest clearing firms based on number of broker-dealer clients. HTS serves approximately 200 correspondent firms, a more than 30 percent increase from last year’s rankings. Published on August 11, 2016, the assessment is HTS’ first ranking since the January 22nd merger of its legacy companies, FirstSouthwest and Southwest Securities.

“The merger of our two legacy firms instantly increased the scale of our Clearing business, and we are well-positioned to continue to grow both in terms of new business and organic expansion,” said Lana Calton, HilltopSecurities’ Head of Clearing. “We continue to see the trends of reps leaving wirehouses to join our larger broker-dealers, as well as the consolidation of smaller broker-dealers within our organization.”

In addition to the increased scale as a result of the firm’s merger and current trends in the industry, Calton says the new ranking will serve to strengthen Clearing’s value proposition.

“A client’s trust is everything. Broker-dealers and RIAs choose us as their clearing partner and depend on us to protect and enhance their relationships with their clients. We take that responsibility very seriously and it is at the core of all we do,” Calton said.

Meanwhile, correspondents continue to receive the personalized service necessary to grow their own businesses.

“Our dedicated staff understands the intricacies of their clients’ businesses,” Calton added. “The reciprocal relationship HTS has with its correspondents, combined with clear and frequent communication and accessibility, allows us to continue to cultivate long-term relationships built on respect, collaboration and adaptability.”

About Hilltop Securities Inc.

Hilltop Securities Inc., a member of NYSE, FINRA and SIPC, delivers the forthright advice and tailored solutions necessary for municipal issuers, institutions, broker-dealers and individuals to thrive. The financial services firm and registered investment adviser is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with offices across the United States. The firm’s areas of focus include public finance; municipal and taxable fixed income underwriting, sales and trading; equity and portfolio trading; retail brokerage services; securities clearing; structured finance; corporate finance; and securities lending. A wholly owned subsidiary of Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTH), HilltopSecurities’ affiliates include Hilltop Securities Independent Network Inc., PlainsCapital Bank, PrimeLending and National Lloyds Corporation.

Benjamin D. Brooks - Corporate Communications, (214) 859-6351