Home BancShares, Inc., parent company of Centennial Bank, has been ranked #1 on the Forbes 2018 “Best Banks in America” list, a rise from #8 in 2017’s rankings and #15 in 2016’s rankings.

This is the ninth consecutive year Forbes has ranked America’s largest banks, using financial data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

“Being ranked as the best bank in America is a direct reflection of our people, our customers and the communities we serve. It’s an honor for Home BancShares to be recognized as the strongest, most reliable banking institution in the country,” said John Allison, chairman. “We continue to set ourselves apart in the industry and being recognized by Forbes, who objectively evaluate and recognize performance through industry rankings, is a distinct honor that our entire organization can be proud of having achieved.”

Home BancShares, which completed its $2.89 billion acquisition of Stonegate Bank at the end of the third quarter of 2017, scored among the top six banks for return on average total common equity, return on average assets, net interest margin and efficiency ratio.

“Our ability to maintain such strong metrics upon the completion of the largest acquisition in the company’s history is a testament to our ability to continue to focus on and provide strong shareholder value,” added Allison.

Forbes magazine’s 100 largest U.S. banks range in size from $8.8 billion to $2.6 trillion in assets and were ranked based on 10 equally-weighted metrics related to growth, profitability, capital adequacy and asset quality, using data based on regulatory filings for the period ending Sept. 30, 2017. These metrics included return on average tangible equity, return on average assets, net interest margin, efficiency ratio and net charge-offs as a percent of total loans. Forbes also factored in non-performing assets as a percent of assets, risk-based capital ratio and reserves as a percent of non-performing assets.

Home BancShares, Inc. is a bank holding company, headquartered in Conway, Arkansas. Its wholly-owned subsidiary, Centennial Bank, provides a broad range of commercial and retail banking plus related financial services to businesses, real estate developers, investors, individuals and municipalities. Centennial Bank has branch locations in Arkansas, Florida, South Alabama and New York City. The company's common stock is traded through the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “HOMB.”