DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - April 29, 2009) - BauerFinancial, Inc. of Coral Gables, Florida is proud to announce that North Dallas Bank & Trust Co. of Dallas, Texas has earned a 5-Star Superior rating for financial strength and stability. BauerFinancial, the nation's leading bank rating firm, has been analyzing and reporting on the nation's banks for over 25 years. Their rating is based on the overall financial picture of the bank, and a 5-Star rating indicates that North Dallas Bank & Trust Co. is one of the strongest banks in the nation. This is the 78th consecutive quarter that North Dallas Bank & Trust Co. has earned the bank rating firm's highest honor; only 4% of the nation's banks can claim this distinction.

"The number of 5-Star rated banks is diminishing," said Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial, "but that doesn't mean they are extinct. North Dallas Bank & Trust Co. is an excellent example of traditional, conservative banking. In this new era of 'back to basics' thinking, this is exactly what you should be looking for in a bank."

North Dallas Bank & Trust Co., established in 1961, has more than $1 billion in assets and is a locally owned bank with five locations in the Dallas area.

BauerFinancial, Inc. of Coral Gables, Florida, the nation's leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays for its rating, nor can it be excluded. Consumers may obtain other banks' star ratings by visiting www.bauerfinancial.com.

BauerFinancial, Inc., P.O. Box 143520, Coral Gables, FL 33114.

Contact Information: Media Relations Contact for North Dallas Bank & Trust Co. Michael Linck Vice President (972) 716-7121