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The First sees earnings increase, declares dividend

HATTIESBURG — The First Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: FBMS), holding company for The First, A National Banking Association, has reported earnings for the first quarter ended March 31. Net income available to common stockholders for the three months ended March 31 amounted to $1,321,000, or $0.25 per diluted share, compared to $1,119,000, or $0.35 per diluted share for the same quarter ...

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The First acquiring Alabama bank in cash/stock deal

HATTIESBURG — First Bancshares is expanding further into Alabama, announcing yesterday that it will buy BCB Holding Co. of Mobile, Ala., for about $6.6 million in cash and stock. BCB is the parent company of Bay Bank, which has $80 million in assets. Hattiesburg-based First Bancshares, the parent company of The First, says it expects to complete the acquisition before ...

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Mitchell comes to The First

Hattiesburg banker and community leader Hayden Mitchell has joined The First as head of the bank’s Mortgage Division. He has over 35 years of experience in bank lending and administration, with over 20 years experience in the Hattiesburg area. Mitchell received his BBA in banking and finance from Delta State University. He has earned numerous scholastic awards and honors including ...

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Cole named CEO at The First

HATTIESBURG — M. Ray “Hoppy” Cole will be named CEO of The First, A National Banking Association and The First Bancshares. He took over as CEO Sept. 14. Cole is a founding director of the First National Bank of the Pine Belt (the predecessor bank of the current Laurel branch) and a director of The First  Bancshares Inc. Cole joined ...

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