CEO Peter Benoist said April 28 that the company wouldseriously consider an M&A opportunity "that has a very strongstrategic rationale as opposed to just a financial rationale."
But Benoiststressed that the Clayton, Mo.-based company does not want to depend on M&Ato accelerate or maintain performance.
"Ithink our first priority and we've indicated pretty consistently is to continuethe momentum that we have now on a core basis," Benoist said during aconference call to discuss first-quarter results, according to a transcript.
EnterpriseFinancial views M&A as a longer-term strategy to continue to addshareholder value, he said.
"[W]edon't look at M&A as a near-term opportunity to advance the balldramatically," Benoist said. "So, one thing we don't want to do isdisrupt momentum with a transaction that doesn't fit exceedingly well in termsof what we're trying to accomplish."
The companyreportedfirst-quarter net income of $11.0 million, or 54 cents per share, compared tonet income of $9.3 million, or 46 cents per share, for the year-ago period.