Did creditors representing $9.5 million worth of debt convince U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Ben Barry that Acme Holding Co. is a lost cause? A ruling in their favor could result in the second auction of an Arkansas bank in three years.
Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff reports third-quarter earnings of $8.8 million, or 52 cents per share, up 27 percent from $6.9 million, or 43 cents per share, during the same quarter last year. Simmons also reported “core earnings” of $10.7 million, up 45 percent from the same quarter last year.
Two competitors recently stepped into the Pulaski County banking market to replace Metropolitan National Bank and National Bank of Arkansas. Even with the redevelopment of four NBA branches, Pulaski County has no shortage of banking locations, with 199 full-service branches operated by more than two dozen lenders.
Larry Wilson, CEO of First Arkansas, confirms his bank's purchase of old Simmons branch in Jacksonville. And he threw in a couple more for good measure: the former Metropolitan branches at the intersection of Highways 321 and 89 in Cabot and at Kiehl and Brockington in Sherwood.
Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff has filed suit against a local manufacturer for some unpaid loans. According to the suit, filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court, the defendant is O.D. Funk Manufacturing Inc., a company that builds outdoor metal buildings like storage sheds and carports.
Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff on Thursday reported a 27 percent decline in first-quarter profit but said "core earnings," which exclude one-time costs related to its purchase of Metropolitan National Bank of Little Rock, rose compared to the same quarter last year.
Businesses have been buying businesses out of bankruptcy for years and the trend should continue, said Michael Stewart, a partner in Faegre Baker Daniels LLP of Minneapolis, a 750-attorney law firm that focuses on financial restructuring services.
Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff says it has closed on its $53.6 million acquisition of Metropolitan National Bank of Little Rock. Simmons says the deal gives it greater presence in central and northwest Arkansas, allowing it to enter new markets including Benton, Bryant, Cabot and Maumelle.