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Pine Bluff, AR – Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ: SFNC) today announced record net income of $215.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2018, compared to $92.9 million for 2017, an increase of $122.8 million, or 132.1%. Diluted earnings per share were $2.32 for 2018, an increase of $0.99, or 74.4%, compared to prior year. Included in the 2018 results were $4.5 million in net after-tax merger-related and branch right-sizing costs. Excluding the impact of these items, core earnings were $220.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2018, compared to $119.0 million for 2017, an increase of $101.2 million, or 85.0%. Core diluted earnings per share were $2.37, an increase of $0.67, or 39.4%, from the same period in 2017.

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