Southern Missouri Bancorp lines up deal in its home state


The company will pay $24 million in cash for Central Federal Bancshares.


Community bank rethinks wisdom of branch closings


Academy Bank in Kansas City, Mo., which shuttered nearly a quarter of its branches between 2015 and 2018, is now in expansion mode. Its CEO explains his renewed affinity for brick and mortar.


Simmons First expanding to Oklahoma City with Landmark purchase


The Arkansas company will pay $434 million for Landrum Co., which has branches in Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.


Associated adding heft near St. Louis with First Staunton acquisition


The Wisconsin regional agreed to buy the parent of First National Bank in Staunton for $76 million in cash.


A commercial lending battle royal in Kansas City


The city, among the Midwest's most vibrant C&I markets, is luring community banks, as well as giants like PNC and JPMorgan Chase.


First Bank in Missouri taps insider as next CEO


Shelley Seifert had been the bank's chief operating officer.


Uma Wilson, UMB Bank | Most Powerful Women: Next


Over the past two years, Uma Wilson's strategy took a program that had been losing customers on a year-over-year basis and transformed it into the fastest-growing issuer of Visa cards in the region.


UMB to buy corporate trust business in Iowa


The company will open its first office in Iowa after buying the business from Bankers Trust.


Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Deal! When healthy banks have M&A leverage


Reliance Bancshares was in a position to reject five buyout offers over the course of a year before it got one it liked.


Heartland to expand Kansas City operations with Blue Valley acquisition


The Iowa company will pay $94 million for a bank with five branches and $727 million in loans.