Public Companies Archive

Gary Enzor Joins USA Truck Board of Directors

by Lance Turner 9/22/2014 10:37 am

USA Truck Inc. of Van Buren says Gary R. Enzor has joined its board of directors.

Arkansas Business Presents 2014's 'The New Influentials: 20 In Their 20s'

by Gwen Moritz 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Since 2009 Arkansas Business has sought out talented young leaders in our business and nonprofit community to introduce in a feature called The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s.

State Supreme Court Denies Alltel Motion for Arbitration

by Mark Friedman and Lee Hogan 9/18/2014 11:31 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court sided with a Saline County Circuit Court ruling and denied Alltel Corp. of Little Rock, which sold to Verizon Wireless in 2009, arbitration in a class-action case.

Governor's Quality Awards Go to 28 Arkansas Organizations

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/16/2014 08:28 am

The 20th annual event was held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock before an audience of more than 400 business and civic leaders. In addition to recognizing the winers, 16 past awards recipients were recognized.

Challenges of Family Ownership (Rudy Ortiz Expert Advice)

by Rudy Ortiz 9/15/2014 12:00 am

The irony of family business is that the same characteristics that can lead to their successes can also contribute to their demise. These competing characteristics include family trust, founder independence and tenacity, and extensive product knowledge. It is important to review each of these in fuller detail to understand the challenges family businesses face.

Royalty Owners Haul Exxon Subsidiary XTO to Court Over Royalties

by Mark Friedman 9/15/2014 12:00 am

Independence County plaintiffs say in a federal lawsuit that XTO wasn't getting the highest price possible for natural gas because it was selling the product to its own subsidiary, Cross Timbers Energy Services Inc., at below-market prices.

Natural Gas in Fayetteville Shale Takes Arkansas from Zero to Billions in 10 Years

by Michelle Corbet 9/15/2014 12:00 am

In the past decade, the players in the Fayetteville Shale have shuffled and consolidated, drilling has peaked and retreated, employment has expanded and contracted, technology has advanced, environmental and infrastructure concerns have reared their heads and government has responded.

Simmons First Trust to Buy Talbot Capital Management

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/12/2014 03:24 pm

Simmons First Trust Co. said Friday that it has agreed to purchase Talbot Capital Management Inc. of Pine Bluff for an undisclosed price.

Report: Acxiom to Open Austin Office, Hire 150

by Lance Turner 9/10/2014 09:18 am

Acxiom Corp. of Little Rock is planning to open an office in Austin, Texas, according to the Austin Business Journal.

Windstream Adds William LaPerch, Michael Stoltz to Board

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/9/2014 10:05 am

Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock on Tuesday announced the appointments of William LaPerch, the former president and CEO of AboveNet Communications Inc., and Michael Stoltz, a former audit partner with Ernst & Young, to its board of directors.

Arkansas Executive Use of Company Jets Rises in 2013

by Mark Friedman 9/8/2014 12:00 am

Top executives at nine of Arkansas' public companies valued their personal flights on company jets at a total of $2.4 million for 2013, according to proxy statements filed with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and compiled by Arkansas Business.

Simmons First Completes Delta Trust Acquisition

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/2/2014 08:43 am

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff has completed its acquisition of Delta Trust & Banking Corp. of Little Rock.

Simmons' Deal for Delta Trust: 3 Years Coming

by George Waldon 9/1/2014 12:00 am

The acquisition of Little Rock's Delta Trust & Banking Corp. by Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff was announced in March and should be completed by the end of the month. But the merger dance began three years ago.

Cliff Beckham's Exit from USA Truck ‘A Bit of a Victory Lap'

by Marty Cook 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Thanks to conservative living and USA Truck's generosity — the company is letting Beckham keep a $75,000 bonus he received in April — Beckham doesn't have to make hasty job decisions any time soon. For 20 years he invested his disposable income in USA Truck stock, the same stock he nervously began to sell, for the first time, on Aug. 11.

Health Insurers Report Rising Premium

by Mark Friedman 9/1/2014 12:00 am

2013 was another good year for nearly all of the companies on Arkansas Business' list of the largest health insurance companies that write premium in the state.

Car-Mart Stays the Course in Low-Interest Environment

by Marty Cook 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Fiscal 2014, which ended April 30, was ‘a pretty stout year' for America's Car-Mart Inc., where sales were up but earnings were down 34 percent. Fortunately, the new year is looking better.

Tyson Foods, Hillshire Complete $8.5B Merger

by Lance Turner 8/28/2014 04:13 pm

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale on Thursday said it had completed its $8.5 billion purchase of Hillshire Brands of Chicago, a day after the companies reached a proposed settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over antitrust concerns.

Tyson Foods, Hillshire Settle With Justice Department Over $8.5B Merger

by Lance Turner 8/27/2014 01:56 pm

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale and Hillshire Brands Co. of Chicago say they have reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division that, if approved, would allow the companies' $8.5 billion merger to proceed.

ADW Capital Takes 3 Percent Stake in USA Truck, Calls for CEO's Ouster

by Marty Cook 8/25/2014 06:22 pm

The managing member of ADW Capital Partners LP of New York City calls for a change in leadership and a selling off of divisions at USA Truck Inc. of Van Buren.

$50M Revitalization Plan Aims To Turn El Dorado into Cultural Mecca

by Michelle Corbet 8/25/2014 12:00 am

With a declining population and an unstable job market, the city of El Dorado is investing in quality of life in an effort to boost its economy.