Public Companies Archive

Biggest Deals of 2017: Arkansas Transactions Soar 50 Percent, Reach $14.7B

by Jan Cottingham 2/12/2018 12:00 am

Tax reform expected to increase pace, size of acquisitions in 2018.

Invest in Your Culture; It's Reflected in the Bottom Line (Karen Armstrong Expert Advice)

by Karen Armstrong 2/12/2018 12:00 am

Today's workforce, especially among millennials, rates companies that are desirable to work for based on their culture. From a recruitment and retention standpoint, culture is critical, but how do the characteristics of that environment translate to profitability?

Super Bowl Commercials: Tide Cleans Up, Alexa Speaks

by Kyle Massey 2/12/2018 12:00 am

Tide scored nearly a clean sweep, Alexa's voice came through for Amazon and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s voice was hijacked by Dodge Ram.

Tyson Foods Reports $1.6B 1Q Profit, Will Give Bonuses to Workers

by Lance Turner and Marty Cook 2/8/2018 06:55 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale reported record earnings per share of $4.40 in the first quarter, a period marked by record prepared foods results and a tax savings windfall brought on by the new federal tax law.

Tax Change Improves Acxiom's Bottom Line

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 2/6/2018 04:03 pm

Acxiom Corp. of Conway on Tuesday reported a third-quarter profit of $22.9 million, up from a profit of $1.1 million in the same quarter a year ago, , thanks primarily to the recent changes in federal tax law.

Amazon Has Not Delivered a Sales Tax Windfall, So Far

by Marty Cook 2/5/2018 12:00 am

Amazon, the online retailing goliath based in Seattle, announced last February that it would start collecting sales tax owed on purchases made by Arkansas residents. The early, non-exact results are in: more, but not as much as predicted by many.

Machine Learning Tops List of Hot, Trendy Technologies

by Marty Cook 2/5/2018 12:00 am

High-tech doors are just a hint at what goes on inside RevUnit, which builds applications to help businesses operate efficiently in areas like productivity, worker engagement and learning.

Tax Reform Boosts USA Truck's Bottom Line

by Marty Cook 2/2/2018 01:00 pm

USA Truck Inc. of Van Buren reports fourth-quarter and yearly profits, and the Tax Cut & Jobs Act had a big impact on the company's earnings.

Murphy Oil Posts Net Loss for 4Q, All of 2017

by Kyle Massey 1/31/2018 05:24 pm

Murphy Oil Corp. of El Dorado on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter net loss from continuing operations of $285 million, or 1.65 per diluted share of stock, and a full 2017 net loss of $311 million, or $1.81 per diluted share.

Murphy USA 4Q Profit Hits $125M; 2017 Income Tops $245M

by Kyle Massey 1/31/2018 04:28 pm

Murphy USA reports a whopping fourth-quarter profit of nearly $125 million, partly the result of a deferred tax benefit of $89 million from the corporate tax cut enacted by Washington in December.

Tax Reform Fuels ArcBest's Big Income Gains

by Marty Cook 1/31/2018 10:27 am

ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith reports robust fourth-quarter and fiscal-year income, much of it thanks to the recently implemented Tax Cut & Jobs Act that President Trump signed in December.

Tyson Foods Invests in Memphis Meats

by Lance Turner 1/29/2018 11:33 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale says that its venture capital arm, Tyson Ventures, has taken a minority stake in Memphis Meats, a startup that makes meat from animal cells.

Your Virtual Staff Is Clocking In (Stephen Carlisle Expert Advice)

by Stephen Carlisle 1/29/2018 12:00 am

Businesses across the country have become increasingly flexible with regard to remote workers — those people who work from an off-site location on a project basis and aren't part of the company's full-time staff. It's an attractive model for employers and workers alike, and presents unique opportunities and challenges to both parties.

Cooler Heads (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 1/29/2018 12:00 am

Where NAFTA can be improved, it should be improved, but scrapping the pact in its entirety would create real economic pain in Arkansas.

Plains & Eastern Clean Line Appears Doomed In Arkansas

by Kyle Massey 1/29/2018 12:00 am

After putting nearly nine years and more than $100 million of investors' money into a $2.5 billion power transmission project across Oklahoma and Arkansas, the electric dream of Michael Skelly has shorted out.

Simmons First Post 4Q Profit Decline But Assets Grow

by Lance Turner 1/23/2018 11:11 am

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff on Monday reported a 30 percent decline in fourth-quarter net income, as merger expenses, a one-time tax adjustment and other factors ate into profit.

Gender Diversity on Company Boards Accelerates in Arkansas

by Gwen Moritz 1/22/2018 12:00 am

Since November 2014, the last time Arkansas Business measured the estrogen fueling the state's publicly traded companies, the number of women directors has grown by more than 40 percent, and the number of all-male boards has been cut in half.

Must Be Present to Win (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 1/22/2018 12:00 am

There's a lot of truth in the observation that women tend to set higher standards for themselves — and it's a darn good thing, because they will be held to higher standards.

Women Get Foot in AEDC's Minority-Business Door

by Kyle Massey 1/22/2018 12:00 am

The Division of Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprise has certified 13 women-owned businesses over three months.

Women-Owned Businesses: Arkansas Ranks 23rd in Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/22/2018 12:00 am

Arkansas had an estimated 80,400 women-owned businesses in 2017, employing 55,700 workers and generating sales of about $9.5 billion.