Tagged: first financial bank of el dorado

Arvest, Bear State Get Approval for $391M Deal

by Lance Turner 4/3/2018 9:50 am

Arvest Bank of Fayetteville is closer to completing its $391 million all-cash acquisition of Bear State Bank of Little Rock, the two companies announced Monday.

First Financial CEO Chris Hegi's Golden Rule for Serving El Dorado

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/24/2017 12:00 am

In 2015, Chris Hegi was named CEO of First Financial Bank of El Dorado, now a $919 million-asset lender.

First Financial Puts Future in Prospect

by George Waldon 7/17/2017 12:00 am

Over the years, the west side of the Prospect Building has served as a branch for financial institutions such as Little Rock’s Union National Bank and Worthen National Bank of Arkansas.

Independent Community Bankers of America Rank Top Arkansas Performers

by George Waldon 6/19/2017 12:00 am

Four of the leading banks in Arkansas were recognized this spring as top-performing lenders. The measuring stick used by the Independent Community Bankers of America: three-year average return on assets.

Update: Heartland, Onebanc End 1Q in the Red

by George Waldon 5/22/2017 12:00 am

Two Little Rock lenders continue to battle through losses in search of a return to sustained profitability: Heartland Bank and One Bank & Trust.

Feds Ask To Sell One Bank & Trust

by George Waldon 4/10/2017 12:00 am

A change of ownership is in motion for Little Rock’s One Bank & Trust. The U.S. government has asked for a court-ordered stock sale of controlling interest in the $305 million-asset bank.

First Financial Bank Branching Out to Little Rock

by George Waldon 1/30/2017 12:00 am

El Dorado’s First Financial Bank is no stranger to the Little Rock market. The $901 million-asset lender has operated a mortgage production office in the capital city since 1984.

El Dorado Riding High on Murphy ‘Promise’

by Sean Beherec 6/15/2015 12:00 am

Today, more than 1,500 students have benefited from the El Dorado Promise, attending schools across the country, with another 262 students eligible this year. The Promise is also receiving credit for being a catalyst for driving growth in the city and putting the brakes on decreased enrollment in the school district.

Return on Equity: Top 14 Performers Dot Arkansas

by George Waldon 3/30/2015 12:00 am

Fourteen lenders based in Arkansas produced returns on equity (ROE) that topped 13 percent during 2014. The banks were scattered across the state and represented some of the largest and smallest financial institutions.

Despite Wide Reach, First Financial Keeps Small-town Feel

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Don’t let its small-town roots fool you. El Dorado’s First Financial Bank has a reach far beyond Union County in south Arkansas. But whatever its size, First Financial is a great small-town bank. In fact, it’s one of Arkansas Business’ 2014 Best Places to Work.

Jerry Bullard Named CEO of First Financial Bank of El Dorado

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/12/2014 10:03 am

Jerry Bullard, COO of First Financial Bank of El Dorado, has succeeded Steve Cameron as CEO of the lender, the bank said Thursday.

Bank of England Rules ROE List

by Gwen Moritz 8/5/2013 12:00 am

Ranking banks by assets, as Arkansas Business did in May, provides a good idea of the presence each bank has in the lending market. But if you want to know who is making money for stockholders most efficiently, ranking by return on equity is the way to go.

CFO of the Year Finalists (Large Bank Category): Melissa Jerry

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/7/2011 12:00 am

Melissa Jerry's interest in accounting culminated in her rise 12 years ago to chief financial officer at First Financial Bank of El Dorado. It is among the state’s most profitable financial institutions with total assets of $779.8 million and a staff of 252.