First Financial Bank's Timeline

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  • 1890

    Farmers and Merchants National Bank opens for business in Abilene, Texas, and becomes the only Abilene bank to survive the Great Depression without being merged, closed or recapitalized.

  • 1957

    The bank name changes to First National Bank of Abilene.

  • 1973

    First National Bank of Abilene shareholders form First Abilene Bankshares, Inc. as a multibank holding company.

  • 1974

    First Abilene Bankshares, Inc. acquires Hereford State Bank.

  • 1981

    First Abilene Bankshares, Inc. acquires First National Bank, Sweetwater.

  • 1982

    First Abilene Bankshares, Inc. acquires Eastland National Bank.

  • 1990

    First Abilene Bankshares, Inc. acquires First National Bank in Cleburne. First Abilene Bankshares, Inc. is recognized as one of the safest banking organizations in the United States and is one of only two organizations in Texas to receive that distinction.

  • 1993

    First Abilene Bankshares, Inc. acquires Stephenville Bank & Trust Co. The company changes its name to First Financial Bankshares, Inc. to reflect the scope of its operations. The company’s stock is listed on NASDAQ.

  • 1994

    First Financial Bankshares, Inc. acquires Southwest Bank of San Angelo.

  • 1996

    First Financial Bankshares, Inc. acquires Citizens National Bank of Weatherford and Weatherford National Bank and merges the two banks under the charter of Weatherford National Bank.

  • 1997

    First Financial Bankshares, Inc. acquires Texas Commerce Bank, San Angelo, merges it with Southwest Bank of San Angelo and recharters the two banks as San Angelo National Bank. First Financial Bankshares, Inc. acquires Texas National Bank, Southlake.

  • 1998

    First Financial Bankshares, Inc. acquires Cleburne State Bank and merges it with First National Bank of Cleburne.

  • 2001

    First Financial Bankshares, Inc. acquires City National Bank.

    First National Bank, Cleburne renamed First Financial Bank, N.A., Cleburne.

  • 2002

    Texas National Bank, Southlake, renamed First Financial Bank, N.A., Southlake.

  • 2003

    First Financial Bankshares forms a new trust company, First Financial Trust & Asset Management Company, N.A consolidating the trust office banks in Abilene, Stephenville, San Angelo, and Sweetwater.

  • 2004

    First Financial Bankshares acquires Liberty National Bank, Granbury, which is then merged with Stephenville Bank & Trust Co. The new institution is renamed First Financial Bank, N.A., Stephenville. First National Bank, Glen Rose, is acquired and merged into First Financial Bank, N.A., Stephenville.

  • 2005

    First Financial Bankshares acquires the Peoples State Bank in Clyde, with branches in Clyde, Moran, Ranger and Rising Star, and merges it with First National Bank of Abilene and is renamed First Financial Bank, N.A., Abilene. The former branches of the Peoples State Bank in Ranger and Rising Star are merged into Eastland National Bank, which is renamed First Financial Bank, N.A., Eastland. First National Bank of Bridgeport, with offices in Bridgeport, Decatur and Boyd, is acquired and merged with First Financial Bank, Southlake.

  • 2007

    City National Bank, Mineral Wells, renamed First Financial Bank, N.A., Mineral Wells

  • 2008

    First National Bank of Sweetwater renamed First Financial Bank, N.A., Sweetwater and opens new branch office in Merkel.

    First Financial Bankshares announces it will not apply for funds through the U.S. Treasury Department’s Capital Purchase Program, part of the federal government’s Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP). The Company noted it is well capitalized, has good liquidity and did not believe taking the government funds was in the best interest of shareholders.

  • 2009

    First Financial Bankshares completes rebranding of its family of 10 separately chartered banks under the name First Financial Bank, with Hereford State Bank, Weatherford National Bank and San Angelo National Bank adopting the new name. In addition, First Financial Bankshares expands into two new markets with the opening of a trust and banking office in Fort Worth, Texas, and the opening of a trust office and banking office in Odessa, Texas.

  • 2010

    First Financial Bankshares is named the No. 1 bank in the nation by Bank Director magazine for publicly traded banks with at least $3 billion in assets. The Company acquires Sam Houston Financial Corp., parent company of The First State Bank, in Huntsville, Texas, making the new bank the eleventh separately chartered community bank in the First Financial Bankshares’ family.

  • 2011

    First Financial Bankshares marks its 25th year of consecutive earnings growth. The Company is recognized as the top publicly traded community bank in the nation by SNL financial and is also named the No. 2 bank in the nation by Bank Director magazine for publicly traded banks within the $1 billion to $5 billion asset group.

  • 2012

    First Financial Bankshares records its 26th year of consecutive earnings growth and is again named the No. 2 bank in the nation by Bank Director magazine for publicly traded banks within the $1 billion to $5 billion asset group. The Company is recognized as the first bank in the nation to offer Picture Pay, a unique mobile bill pay solution, to its retail banking customers. Additionally, the Company consolidates its eleven charters effective December 30, 2012.

  • 2013

    First Financial Bankshares records its 27th year of consecutive earnings growth. The Company acquires Orange Savings Bank, SSB. The acquisition of Orange Savings Bank expands First Financial Bankshares' growing Texas footprint into the cities of Orange, Port Arthur, Vidor, Mauriceville and Newton, Texas.

  • 2014

    First Financial Bankshares was recognized in July 2014 by Bank Director Magazine as the No. 1 best-performing bank among the nation's largest banks in the $5 Billion to $50 Billion category. Financial Bankshares has had the honor of being named either No. 1, No. 2 or No.3 in each of the last six years.

  • 2015

    First Financial Bankshares announces the acquisition of First Bank Conroe which will expand First Financial's ever-growing footprint to the cities of Conroe, Magnolia, Montgomery, Cut and Shoot, Willis, and Tomball, Texas. First Financial Bankshares also announces the asset purchase agreement with 4Trust Mortgage, Inc., A Fort Worth based residential mortgage loan originator. These announcements come as First Financial Bank celebrates 125 years of excellence in customer service and banking. Financial Bankshares is named No. 2 bank in the nation by Bank Director Magazine for banks in the $5 to $50 Billion category.

  • 2013

    First Financial Bankshares records its 27th year of consecutive earnings growth. The Company acquires Orange Savings Bank, SSB. The acquisition of Orange Savings Bank expands First Financial Bankshares' growing Texas footprint into the cities of Orange, Port Arthur, Vidor, Mauriceville and Newton, Texas.

 
 

Our history dates back to 1890, when Farmers and Merchants National Bank opened for business in Abilene, Texas. At the time, Abilene was home to over 3,000 optimistic pioneers. That first year, depositors entrusted us with $33,000. A lot of money back then. Needless to say, things grew pretty quickly from there.

In 1957, responding to a more diversified economy, we changed our name to First National Bank of Abilene. And then, in 1973, the shareholders formed First Abilene Bankshares, Inc. as a multibank holding company.

While most banks struggled through the turbulence of the 1980s, we were busy expanding, adding more branch locations and introducing the concept of supermarket banking. We also had the honor of being nationally recognized as one of the safest banking organizations in the United States.

In October 1993, to better reflect the scope of operations, we changed our name to First Financial Bankshares, Inc., which coincided with our listing on The NASDAQ Global Select Market® under the trading symbol FFIN.

A decade later, our trust departments from First Financial banks in Abilene, Sweetwater, San Angelo and Stephenville were consolidated to form a new trust company – First Financial Trust & Asset Management Company, N.A.

In 2005, First National Bank of Abilene changed its name to First Financial Bank and added new locations in Clyde and Moran.

Today, First Financial operates multiple regional banks with over 72 locations in Texas. We’re continuously offering new, more convenient ways to bank with state-of-the-art services and technology. Even though we’ve grown quite a bit over the years, our commitment to our relationships has remained the same.

First Financial is celebrating over 125 years of customer service