Arvest Bank to Purchase 29 Bank of America Branches in 4 States

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 3:47 pm  

John Womack, chairman and CEO of Arvest Bank in Little Rock, says the company will be working hard over the next few months to provide Bank of America customers "a seamless transition" to Arvest Bank. (Photo by Michael Pirnique)

Arvest Bank of Fayetteville announced Thursday that it has agreed to buy 29 bank branches in four states, including Arkansas, from Bank of America Corp.

The purchase, which includes "most deposit accounts and loans" associated with the branches, is subject to regulatory approvals, which the companies expect to receive in the first quarter of 2013.

Officials with Arvest, the state's largest bank when ranked by deposits, declined to reveal the price tag of the pending transaction. The deal comes a year after Bank of America vowed to cut $5 billion in costs per year by 2014, cut 30,000 jobs and shed 750 bank branches.

"We had the opportunity, and it looked like a good fit for us," John Womack, chairman and CEO of Arvest's central Arkansas operations, told Arkansas Business. "We're excited to have this new customer base when it's approved."

The new bank branches -- in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri -- complement existing Arvest markets. The new branches represent about $750 million in deposits in total.

The agreement includes nine branches in Arkansas in Harrison, Hot Springs, Hot Springs Village, Mountain Home and Russellville. The deal includes 15 branches in Missouri, four in Oklahoma and one in Kansas. 

Those nine branches had combined deposits of $278.8 million as of June 30, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s summary of deposits. That's about 9 percent of the $3.13 billion in total deposits Bank of America claimed in Arkansas at the mid-year mark.

In all, Arvest had almost $6.45 billion in Arkansas deposits and more than $11.5 billion in deposits across its four-state footprint.  

After selling nine of its 37 Arkansas branches to Arvest, Bank of America will have no branches left in Baxter, Boone, Garland or Pope counties. 

Click here (PDF) to see the Arvest branch locations in Arkansas and here (PDF) to see all branches in the four-state area.

The Deal

Under the agreement, Arvest said it will buy "certain assets, including eighteen branch locations owned by Bank of America, most deposit accounts such as checking, savings, IRAs and CDs," along with lease obligations for 11 other branches. The deal does not include credit card, mortgage, brokerage or trust accounts, Arvest said.

 

 

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