Public Companies Archive

Home BancShares Raises 2Q Cash Dividend

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/23/2015 10:12 am

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway said Thursday that it had increased its second-quarter regular cash dividend by nearly 67 percent.

Simmons First 1Q Net Income Up 97 Percent

by Lance Turner 4/23/2015 10:10 am

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff on Thursday said first-quarter net income nearly doubled from the same quarter last year.

Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon Gets $19.4M Pay Package

by Mark Friedman 4/22/2015 05:17 pm

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. President and CEO C. Douglas McMillon saw his total compensation fall 24.2 percent to $19.4 million for the fiscal year that ended Jan. 31 compared with the previous year.

Arkansas State, Harding Teams Take Top Awards at DWR Governor's Cup

by Mark Carter 4/22/2015 02:54 pm

Teams from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and Harding University in Searcy took top honors at the 2015 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup collegiate business-plan competition awards.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Unchanged at 5.6 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/21/2015 09:53 am

The state's unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.6 percent in March, reflecting a revised rate for February. According to DWS, the state's civilian labor force rose by 4,900 from January to February, a result of 5,800 more employed and 900 fewer unemployed Arkansans.

Deltic Timber 1Q Net Income Down 61 Percent on Weather, Plant Fire

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/20/2015 03:31 pm

Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado reports first-quarter preliminary net income fell 61 percent to $1.9 million, or 15 cents per share, amid bad winter weather and a fire at one of its plants.

Group Seeks Rehiring of Workers at 5 Closed Wal-Mart Stores

by Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press 4/20/2015 11:19 am

A group made up of Wal-Mart workers is asking labor regulators to go to court to force the discounter to rehire all 2,200 employees affected by the abrupt temporary closing of five stores a week ago.

For Fairness (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/20/2015 12:00 am

We support the proposal before the Little Rock Board of Directors that would forbid discrimination against city workers, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Widespread Growth Seen in Northwest Arkansas

by Charles S. Gascon and Michael A. Varley 4/20/2015 12:00 am

When Sam Walton opened in 1950 the dime store in Bentonville, to say the area was sparsely populated would be an understatement. Today, these environs have grown so much that they comprise their own metropolitan statistical area.

USDA Veterinarian: Bird Flu Outbreak Could Be 'Devastating'

by Associated Press 4/17/2015 08:23 am

The nation's poultry industry may have to live with a deadly bird flu strain for several years, which would be "devastating," the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief veterinary officer said Thursday.

Get Tickets Now to Arkansas Business Power Breakfast on Women Business Leaders

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/15/2015 11:31 am

Tickets are now available to the next Arkansas Business Power Breakfast, which features experts who will share strategies on recruiting, retaining and inspiring women in the workplace to be leaders.

Wal-Mart Wins Legal Round Against Church Over Firearm Sales

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/14/2015 05:15 pm

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville won't have to let shareholders vote on a proposal from a Manhattan Episcopal church concerned about firearm sales, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

JB Hunt 1Q Earnings Up 34 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/14/2015 09:32 am

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell reported first-quarter net income of $91.9 million, or 78 cents per share, on Tuesday.

Bank of the Ozarks 1Q Net Income Up 58 Percent

by Lance Turner 4/13/2015 04:51 pm

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. of Little Rock reports first quarter net income of $39.9 million, up 58 percent from the same quarter last year.

Judge Tosses Wal-Mart Bribery Case

by Mark Friedman 4/13/2015 12:00 am

A federal judge in Arkansas last month threw out a shareholder lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and its directors over allegations of bribery in Mexico.

‘Execution' the Key For Windstream CEO Tony Thomas

by Sean Beherec 4/13/2015 12:00 am

Tony Thomas, who took over as CEO of Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock in December, recently gave a round of interviews to local reporters about a month after the company's shareholders approved measures to spin off a real estate investment trust.

Acxiom Names Rick Erwin to Lead New Division

by Sean Beherec 4/9/2015 04:20 pm

Acxiom Corp. named Rick Erwin as president and general manager of a new division of the company called Audience Solutions.

Quarterly Business Analysis Luncheon Set for May 8 in Fayetteville

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/9/2015 11:49 am

Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, will present her regular Quarterly Business Analysis as a luncheon on Friday, May 8.

Inuvo, PrivacyStar Announce Move to River Market District

by Mark Carter 4/9/2015 11:46 am

Conway tech firms Inuvo Inc. and PrivacyStar announced Thursday that they will move to the Museum Building in the River Market District of downtown Little Rock. The two firms will take up a combined 26,000 SF.

Fed Minutes: Officials Split Widely On Rate Hike Timing

by Associated Press 4/8/2015 01:26 pm

Fed officials disagreed widely last month on when they might begin lifting interest rates from record lows.