Simmons First (SFNC) in Pine Bluff, Ark., is reportedly in talks to buy Delta Trust & Banking in Little Rock, Ark.

The $431 million-asset Delta is considering selling itself to Simmons First in a deal that could be worth $63 million, unnamed sourced told Arkansas Business.

A Delta spokeswoman declined to comment, and a Simmons First representative did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The $3.4 billion-asset Simmons has been on a buying streak in recent years. It paid $53.6 million for Metropolitan National Bank in Little Rock in a bankruptcy auction last fall. It also acquired a pair of failed Missouri banks — Truman Bank in St. Louis and Excel Bank in Sedalia — from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in 2012.

French Hill, Delta's founder and chief executive, is a Republican candidate for Congress.

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