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Arkansas’ Biggest Deals in 2023 Total $29B

The No. 1 deal was Nippon Steel’s planned $14.9 billion purchase of U.S. Steel. read more >
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UA System Board Votes Against University of Phoenix Deal

At a special meeting, trustees voted 5-4 against a resolution supporting the deal, with one trustee abstaining. But that doesn't mean the deal is dead. read more >
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Biggest Deals Down 74% in ’22Lock Icon

The state’s mergers and acquisitions market mirrored the global market, which also saw a significant decline. 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 >
Big deals included Walmart-Asda, Big River Steel, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Murphy USA and Westrock Coffee.
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Big Deals in Arkansas Jump 157% Despite PandemicLock Icon

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the value of the biggest deals in Arkansas last year jumped 157%, from $7.9 billion in 2019 to $20.3 billion in 2020, pushed largely by Walmart’s sales of stakes in two subsidiaries, Asda Group and Seiyu. read more >
An electric arc furnace at Big River Steel’s Flex Mill near Osceola. Since the mill opened, it has provided hundreds of jobs and a big boost to the local economy.
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Biggest Deals of 2019 See Values Plummet 85%

The value of big deals in Arkansas plummeted 85% in 2019 compared with the previous year, dropping to $7.9 billion compared with a stratospheric $53.9 billion in 2018. read more >
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Big Deals of 2018 Skyrocket in Arkansas by 267 PercentLock Icon

The value of big deals in Arkansas leaped to $53.9 billion in 2018, a 267 percent increase over the $14.7 billion figure of 2017. read more >
Simmons First National Corp., where George Makris is CEO, figures in three of the biggest deals by Arkansas businesses in 2017.
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Biggest Deals of 2017: Arkansas Transactions Soar 50 Percent, Reach $14.7BLock Icon

Tax reform expected to increase pace, size of acquisitions in 2018. read more >
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. President and CEO Doug McMillon is expected to name Jet.com CEO Marc Lore as Wal-Mart’s president and CEO of Global eCommerce.
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Biggest Deals in Arkansas Rise 11 Percent in 2016

Both the value and the volume of mergers and acquisitions in Arkansas rose last year, with the value increasing 11 percent to $9.8 billion and the volume rising 10 percent to 92. read more >
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Arkansas Sees Volume, Value of Biggest Deals Drop

The value of mergers and acquisitions last year reached a record high worldwide and in the United States, but Arkansas was a different story. The known value of big deals in the state — those worth $9 million or more — fell 53 percent in 2015 compared with 2014, to $8.8 billion compared with $16.6 billion. read more >
 The biggest deals of 2014 were served by (counter-clockwise from top left:) Tyson Foods, Murphy Oil, Entergy subsidaries and HealthSouth Corp.
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Arkansas’ Biggest Deals of 2014 Soar While Value Slips

The mergers and acquisitions spigots were opened wide last year in Arkansas. The number of big deals — those valued at $9 million or more — soared 38 percent, increasing to 101 in 2014 compared with 73 in 2013. read more >
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$100 Million-Plus Deals Dominate Biggest Deals of 2013 List

The number of high-value mergers and acquisitions in Arkansas — those believed to be worth $9 million or more — dropped in 2013 to 73 compared with 80 in 2012. But the number of really high-value deals — those worth $100 million or more — jumped from 14 in 2012 to 26 in 2013. read more >