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Simmons’ $100M Digital Bet Pays Off by Luring Customers

Under new Chief Digital Officer Alex Carriles, Simmons revamped its mobile app and started Coin Checking, a digital account designed to target first-time checking account users. read more >
Simmons Bank CEO George Makris Jr. 
Banking & Finance / Public Companies

Simmons First Completes Acquisition of Spirit of Texas

The $581 million deal gives Simmons $28 billion in assets, enough to surpass Arvest as the state's largest bank. read more >
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Arkansas Eyes Upon Texas Lending

The Lone Star State beckons with bountiful markets, bank opportunities galore. read more >
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Record Year for Simmons Despite Q4 Earnings Dip

Net income was $271.2 million for the full year, up 6% compared to 2020. read more >
A Simmons Bank branch location in Gainesville, Texas.
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Everything’s Bigger With Texas (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

It’s well established that Arkansas has more than its fair share of banking talent. And that talent’s been on display throughout the year. read more >
Simmons Bank, now occupying the old Acxiom headquarters in downtown Little Rock, has received a $21 million judgment on debt owed by Suneet Singal and  First Capital Real Estate Investments LLC of California. The loans were first made by Heartland Bank.
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Update: Simmons First to Buy Spirit of Texas Bancshares in $581M Deal

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff is acquiring Spirit of Texas Bancshares Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Spirit of Texas Bank SSB, in a cash and stock deal valued at about $581 million. read more >
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Simmons First Q2 Profit Beats Wall Street Expectations

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff reports second-quarter net income of $74.9 million, up 27% from the same quarter last year. read more >
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Fehlman As President, COO Among Leadership Changes at Simmons First

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff announces a list of senior leadership changes that includes naming Bob Fehlman as president and COO of the company and Simmons Bank. read more >
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Simmons First Q1 Profit Beats Expectations

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff reports first-quarter profit of $67.4 million, down 13% from the same quarter. But earnings per share and revenue results beat analysts' expectations. read more >
Banking & Finance

Arvest Trims Branches Amid Digital Shift

Arvest Bank of Fayetteville says it will close 31 of its more than 270 bank branches this summer as the company seeks a better balance between brick-and-mortar locations and online services. read more >
Dale Cole, chairman and CEO of First Community Bank in Batesville; Tracy French, president and CEO of Centennial Bank in Conway; and George Makris, chairman and CEO of Simmons First National Corp.
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Arkansas Lenders Count the Cost of GraceLock Icon

Arkansas bankers are wading into the numbers to gauge the health of their loan portfolios after extending an opening round of financial grace to customers. read more >
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Wehco Holds Off Newspaper Cuts After Landing Payroll Protection Loans

Wehco Media Inc. of Little Rock receives a federal Paycheck Protection Program loan, allowing it to stave off voluntary furloughs, salary cuts and reductions in hours, not to mention possible layoffs. read more >
George Makris
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics

Overload of SBA System Predictable, Arkansas Bankers Say

The technical difficulties that plagued the U.S. Small Business Administration's loan application system was no surprise, two Arkansas bank executives said Tuesday. read more >
George Makris Jr., CEO of Simmons First National Corp.
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Simmons First Shrinks Branch Operations in Response to COVID-19

Simmons First National Corp. temporarily closed 53 branches throughout its eight-state footprint to reduce the potential spread of the coronavirus pandemic. read more >
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Arkansas Banks Ready for Opportunity Amid ChaosLock Icon

The three publicly traded financial companies headquartered in Arkansas were jolted last month by the global market uncertainty, but executives are looking past the daily market prices to the future opportunities that could shake out of the coronavirus pandemic. read more >
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Simmons First Executives See Compensation Rise in 2019

Simmons First National Corp. Chairman and CEO George Makris Jr. saw his total compensation rise to $4.9 million in 2019. read more >
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Simmons First Beats 4Q Profit Forecast; Marty Casteel to Retire

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff reports fourth-quarter earnings of $52.7 million, down 5% from the same quarter last year, but earnings per share beat Wall Street forecasts. read more >
George Makris, CEO of Simmons First National Corp., stands atop the state's tallest building, the Simmons Tower, in 2015.
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Simmons Bank Shouting Name From Rooftops

Verizon Arena in North Little Rock officially became Simmons Bank Arena on Oct. 3, marking the latest effort by the Pine Bluff bank to build brand visibility in central Arkansas. read more >
Simmons Bank, now occupying the old Acxiom headquarters in downtown Little Rock, has received a $21 million judgment on debt owed by Suneet Singal and  First Capital Real Estate Investments LLC of California. The loans were first made by Heartland Bank.
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Simmons First 3Q Profit Up 48%

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff reports third-quarter earnings of $81.8 million, up 48 percent from the same quarter last year. read more >
A mockup of the new signage planned for Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock.
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Change to Simmons Bank Arena Official This Week

Verizon Arena in North Little Rock will become Simmons Bank Arena this week. The 15-year deal is worth $10.5 million. read more >