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Simmons First National Corp. completes merger of Reliance Bancshares

Simmons First National Corp. has completed its acquisition of Reliance Bancshares, Inc. headquartered in St. Louis.

simmonsfirstnationallogoA definitive agreement to acquire Reliance was previously announced in November 2018, and Reliance shareholders approved the transaction earlier this month.

Contemporaneously with the completion of the Reliance acquisition, Reliance Bank (the subsidiary bank of Reliance) was merged into Simmons Bank (the subsidiary bank of Simmons), with Simmons Bank as the surviving institution.

Signs have been changed on former Reliance outlets, which include O’Fallon, Edwardsville and Godfrey in Metro East.

George A. Makris, Jr., chairman and CEO of Simmons, said Simmons will add more than 20 bank branches to its presence in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

“This merger will strengthen our market share and bring forth additional opportunities for us to better serve this important region, which crosses into Illinois,” he said.

With the completion of the merger of Reliance, Simmons now has approximately $17.6 billion in consolidated assets and more than 200 branch locations across Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

“The Reliance team is looking forward to working with Simmons Bank to build an even stronger franchise and continuing our proud legacy of delivering an exceptional banking experience,” said Thomas H. Brouster, Sr., former chairman of Reliance. “We’re confident that the combination will bring significant opportunities and benefits to all of our customers, employees and the communities we serve.”

Brouster will serve in an advisory capacity to the St. Louis market following the transaction.

“The transaction was a team effort, one that required the contribution and support of both organizations,” said Marty Casteel, chairman and CEO of Simmons Bank. “We have always believed that our unwavering commitment to excellent customer service is what sets us apart, and we look forward to demonstrating this commitment to our new and existing customers in our expanded St. Louis market.”

About Simmons First National Corp.

Simmons is a financial holding company headquartered in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, with total consolidated assets of approximately $17.6 billion. Simmons, through its subsidiaries, offers comprehensive financial solutions delivered with a client-centric approach in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. The company’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “SFNC.”

About Simmons Bank

Simmons Bank is an Arkansas state-chartered bank that began as a community bank in 1903. Through the decades, Simmons Bank has developed a full suite of financial products and services designed to meet the needs of individual consumers and business customers alike. Simmons Bank has grown steadily and today operates over 200 branch locations throughout Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Simmons Bank is the subsidiary bank for Simmons First National Corporation, a publicly traded bank holding company headquartered in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. For more information, visit


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