Public Companies Archive

What a Difference A Year Makes (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 12/19/2016 12:00 am

I don't think I've ever been so eager for a year to end while simultaneously dreading the new one.

Dickens: Relevant 173 Years Later (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 12/19/2016 12:00 am

If you have the luxury of Abundance, perhaps you'll take time to remember — “at this festive season of the year”— the many who feel keen Want, even in this great and generous nation.

Sun Paper, McFadden Stories Grab Online Attention in 2016

by Lance Turner 12/19/2016 12:00 am

Stories about major new economic development projects and new jobs are reliable online traffic drivers, but stories about prominent Arkansas figures or how other people's money is spent drove clicks at ArkansasBusiness.com.

Christmas by the Numbers

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/19/2016 12:00 am

Holiday figures for the shopping season show slight bumps over last year.

Cheryl S. Miller Joins Tyson Foods Board of Directors

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/16/2016 11:53 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale says Cheryl S. Miller, the chief financial officer for America's largest auto retailer, has joined its board of directors.

Simmons Deal to Enter Oklahoma Will Push Total Assets Above $10B

by George Waldon 12/14/2016 04:42 pm

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff announced its intention to enter the Oklahoma market by acquiring Southwest Bancorp Inc. of Stillwater in a $564 million deal that will push its total assets above $10 billion.

Jones Center Gets $290K Walmart Foundation Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/14/2016 10:05 am

The Jones Center in Springdale gets a $290,000 Walmart Foundation grant to continue its programs and services.

Strong Stocks Lift Fortunes on Arkansas Wealthiest Stockholders List

by Gwen Moritz 12/12/2016 12:00 am

The top stockholders, as always, are the heirs of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. founder Sam Walton. Their disclosed stock in the Bentonville retailer was valued at $112.7 billion as of Dec. 2.

Holidays Should Buoy Dillard's Slow Sales

by Mark Friedman 12/12/2016 12:00 am

Holiday spending is expected to increase this year, which should be welcome news for Dillard's Inc. The Little Rock retail chain has seen five straight quarters of same-store sales decreases.

EEOC Investigating Dillard's Promotions

by Mark Friedman 12/12/2016 12:00 am

Dillard's Inc.'s resistance to a long-running race discrimination investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has proved futile: A federal judge has ordered the Little Rock retailer to turn over contact information so that hundreds of past and current employees can be surveyed.

Stock Price Swings Visit Steady Bank of the Ozarks

by George Waldon 12/12/2016 12:00 am

Bank of the Ozarks shares have followed a sometimes precipitous trek during the past few quarters.

15 Years After Enron (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 12/12/2016 12:00 am

The timeliest takeaway from Enron, however, is probably this: Government regulations don't spring out of the minds of bored bureaucrats. They are invariably a response to bad behavior.

Acxiom Closes on Acquisition of 2 Marketing Startups

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/8/2016 03:21 pm

Acxiom Corp. of Little Rock announced Wednesday that its company, LiveRamp of San Francisco, has closed on its acquisition of marketing startups Arbor of New York City and Circulate of Philadelphia.

At Summit, Tyson Foods CEO Aims Focus on Tech, Hints at Acquisitions

by Sarah Campbell 12/8/2016 11:40 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale is well-positioned for growth and acquisitions are possible, incoming CEO Tom Hayes says during the Bernstein Consumer Summit in New York. "Be prepared for some great new products to be hitting the market," Hayes said. "Don't be surprised if we pull in an acquisition or two."

Wal-Mart de Mexico to Invest $1.3B in Mexico

by Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein and Nandita Bose, Reuters 12/8/2016 07:55 am

Retailer Wal-Mart de Mexico says it will invest $1.3 billion in logistics in Latin America's No. 2 economy, creating some 10,000 permanent new jobs. A large part of Wal-Mart's investment will be over the next three years, including in back-end infrastructure.

Charles Morgan Gives UCA $300K for Science, Tech Faculty

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/7/2016 02:57 pm

Former Acxiom Corp. CEO Charles Morgan gives $300,000 to the University of Central Arkansas.

Murphy Oil Adds Keller to Board, Elevates 2 EVPs

by Kyle Massey 12/6/2016 04:25 pm

Murphy Oil Corp. of El Dorado says Elisabeth W. Keller has been elected to its board of directors, and that Eugene T. Coleman and Michael K. McFadyen have been made executive vice presidents.

Procter & Gamble Executive Joins Tyson Foods Board

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/6/2016 03:24 pm

Jeffrey K. Schomburger, global sales officer for Procter & Gamble, has been named to board of directors of Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale.

ArcBest SVP Retires After 20 Years

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/6/2016 11:10 am

Senior vice president J. Lavon Morton will retire after 20 years with ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith.

Murphy Oil Subsidiary to Get 30 Percent Stake in Mexico Oil Venture

by Kyle Massey 12/6/2016 09:17 am

Murphy Oil Corp. of El Dorado expects its Mexican subsidiary, Murphy Sur, to be awarded a 30 percent stake in a joint deepwater oil exploration venture in the Gulf of Mexico.