Investments Archive

Simmons First Completes Missouri, Tennessee Aquisitions

by Gwen Moritz 2/27/2015 03:26 pm

The acquisition of Liberty Bank of Springfield, Missouri, and First State Bank of Union City, Tennessee, pushes the holding company's assets to $7.6 billion.

US Economic Growth in Q4 Revised Down to 2.2 Percent

by Associated Press 2/27/2015 11:22 am

The U.S. economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit.

Book Excerpt: Charles Morgan on Jeff Ubben, Acxiom's Battle With ValueAct

by Charles D. Morgan 2/27/2015 09:11 am

An excerpt from Charles Morgan's book, "Matters of Life and Data: A Memoir," about his dealings with investor Jeff Ubben and Ubben's company, ValueAct Capital Partners.

Cameron Smith, Karen Fetzer Named Top Executives at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/27/2015 05:14 am

Cameron Smith of Cameron Smith Associates of Rogers and Karen Fetzer of the Rotary Club of Little Rock won executive of the year awards at Thursday's 27th annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Meet the Finalists of the 27th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/26/2015 11:37 am

Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. Readers make nominations and an independent panel of judges selects the winners.

USA Truck, 2 Shareholders Register to Sell Shares

by Marty Cook 2/26/2015 11:23 am

USA Truck of Van Buren and its two largest shareholders have agreed to register up to 2 million shares of the company for sale.

No Thanks! Companies Reject 'Shark Tank' Deals, Still Thrive

by Associated Press 2/26/2015 10:58 am

With the cameras rolling, Daniel and Stephanie Rensing accepted an offer from a "Shark Tank" investor. But after they had time to think about it, they changed their minds.

Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon Talks Workers, Customers, Critics

by Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press 2/26/2015 07:00 am

In this Associated Press exclusive, Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon talks about worker pay and training increases, the fallout from the Bangladesh disaster and other issues that are affecting the world's largest retailer.

Deltic Timber 4Q Net Income Up 52 Percent

by Lance Turner 2/25/2015 03:38 pm

Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $3.5 million, up 52 percent from the same quarter last year amid increases in residential lot sales.

Janet Yellen Reiterates Fed's Patience in Raising Rates

by Associated Press 2/24/2015 11:24 am

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the U.S. economy is making steady progress, but for now the Fed is sticking with patience in raising interest rates because the labor market is still healing and inflation is too low.

Pension Charge At Windstream Contributes to 4Q Loss

by Sean Beherec 2/24/2015 07:09 am

A non-cash charge related to the company's pension plan pushed Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock into the red in its fourth quarter, resulting a net loss of $77.5 million, 13 cents per share.

Dillard's 4Q Net Income Up 9.5 Percent, Same-Store Sales Up 3 Percent

by Lance Turner 2/23/2015 03:19 pm

Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $130.5 million, up 9.5 percent from $119.1 million.

Merger Match Brings on Ken Clark as 'Chief Storyteller'

by Mark Carter 2/23/2015 10:17 am

Clark will consult with co-founders Bridget Farris and Alese Stroud and lead the development of strategic relationships for Merger Match's proprietary corporate acquisitions assessment tool.

KA on IA: Kristian Andersen on the Future of Arkansas Techpreneurship

by Mark Carter 2/23/2015 12:00 am

Kristian Andersen talks the future role of Innovate Arkansas and what's ahead for tech-based entrepreneurship in Arkansas. The next step? Developing homegrown talent, he says.

What's It Worth to You? (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/23/2015 12:00 am

There's a big difference between Chinese buyers of high-end wines and their Western competitors, according to documentarian Warwick Ross: The Western buyers bought wines as investments, which limited the prices they were willing to pay. The Chinese bought them to drink and to give as gifts.

Conway Hopes To Lure Business to New Airport at Cantrell Field

by Sean Beherec 2/23/2015 12:00 am

Nearly six months after the opening of the new Conway municipal airport, the facility is already buzzing with activity. The planners behind the project have also set their sights on the next steps to grow its role in the state and attract business.

Wal-Mart Battles Manhattan Church Concerned About Firearm Sales

by Mark Friedman 2/23/2015 12:00 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has asked the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to toss out a ruling that would force the retailer to let shareholders vote on a proposal from a Manhattan Episcopal church concerned about firearm sales.

Windstream Stockholders Approve REIT Spinoff Measures

by Sean Beherec 2/20/2015 10:13 am

Both proposals, which lay the groundwork for the spinoff of certain assets into a separate company, passed with more than 90 percent of the vote.

Warren Stephens On $102 Million Media Sale: 'Outstanding' Return on Investment

by Sean Beherec 2/19/2015 04:02 pm

New Media Investment Group Inc. said Thursday that it will purchase "substantially all of the assets of Stephens Media" for $102.5 million in cash. Stephens Media is jointly owned by Warren Stephens and his cousins, Witt Stephens Jr. and Elizabeth Stephens Campbell.

Bear State Financial Merges 3 Bank Charters

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/18/2015 02:19 pm

Bear State Financial Inc. of Little Rock, the holding company for First Federal Bank, First National Bank and Heritage Bank, said it completed a merger of all three bank charters under one name, Bear State Bank.