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Johnny Allison, chairman, president and CEO of Home BancShare.
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Despite Challenges, Home BancShares Still Happy with Foray Into TexasLock Icon

In September 2021, Home BancShares announced they were acquiring Happy Bancshares of Texas in a $919 million deal. A year and a half later, they have no regrets. read more >
Arvest Bank was the leader of this year's list of largest banks in Arkansas, ranked by assets, followed by Bank OZK, Simmons Bank, Centennial Bank and First Security Bank.
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Arvest No. 1 Bank by Assets, But List is ShufflingLock Icon

A near 10% increase in assets helped push Arvest to the top of Arkansas Business’ annual list of the state’s biggest banks, but more changes are in store as the runners-up prepare to close significant acquisitions. read more >
Transplace’s new 150,000-SF center on 15 acres in Rogers houses 800 workers now, but it can support up to 1,100, executives say.
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Arkansas Dealmaking Down 17% in ’21Lock Icon

The number of the biggest deals in Arkansas worth $10 million or more rose to 95, an increase of 12% compared with the 85 big deals in 2020. read more >
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Home BancShares Gets Final OK for $919M Purchase of Happy Bancshares

The acquisition is expected to close in April. read more >
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Update: State Regulators, Shareholders Approve HomeBancShares Acquisition of Happy Bancshares

The $919 million deal remains on track to be completed in the first quarter of 2022. 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 >
Home BancShares CEO John Allison  wanted a stake in Texas, but the deal had to be ideal.
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Happy Home: Inside John Allison’s $919M Texas Bank BuyLock Icon

Happy sums up big deal for Home BancShares CEO John W. Allison. read more >
John Allison is chairman of Home BancShares Inc. of Conway, the publicly traded parent of Centennial Bank.
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Home BancShares to Acquire Happy Bancshares of Texas in $919M Deal

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway announces a $919 million deal to acquire Happy Bancshares Inc. of Happy, Texas, pushing the parent company of Centennial Bank beyond $23 billion in assets. read more >