PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Simmons First National Corporation says it is buying Liberty Bancshares in an all-stock transaction valued at more than $206 million.
The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter and is subject to approval by shareholders.
Through the end of March, Springfield, Missouri-based Liberty had assets of $1.1 billion, loans of $811 million and deposits of $885 million.
Simmons First Chairman and CEO George A. Makris says Liberty’s expertise in small-business lending will enhance commercial offerings.
Liberty Chairman and CEO Gary Metzger called the merger a “win, win, win situation.”
Simmons is based in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.