Report: Home Bancshares to Acquire Liberty Bank

by Paul Gatling (pgatling@nwabj.com) 44 views 

Little Rock-based Arkansas Business has reported that Home Bancshares Inc. of Conway will announce later today the acquisition of Jonesboro-chartered Liberty Bank of Arkansas.

The merger would create the second-largest bank in Arkansas, behind only Arvest Bank of Fayetteville.

The merger, according to Arkansas Business, is expected to be announced at a news conference at 3 p.m. today at the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce building.

A media advisory distributed by Centennial Bank officials touts a “historic business announcement” will be made at the news conference, with Gov. Mike Beebe expected to attend.

Liberty Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Bancshares, Inc. and has assets in excess of $2.8 billion.

The bank reported net income of $23.3 million during 2012. Wallace Fowler of Jonesboro is chairman, CEO and leading shareholder of Liberty Bancshares.

Home BancShares, a public company (Nasdaq: HOMB) and the holding company for Centennial Bank of Conway, has total assets of more than $4.2 billion.

Centennial reported net income of $65.9 million during 2012. Chairman John Allison and CEO Randy Sims lead home BancShares.

In Northwest Arkansas, Liberty Bank recently opened its new 22,000-SF regional banking center on Joyce Boulevard in Fayetteville.

Liberty Bank has 42 branches throughout the state, a quarter of them in Benton and Washington counties.

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