The First Acquires FMB Bank – Expands to Georgia

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HATTIESBURG, MS and Monticello, FL, November 1, 2018 –The First, A National Banking Association, has announced its holding company, The First Bancshares, Inc., has completed the merger of FMB Bank, which serves the central panhandle of Florida and southern Georgia. The First is now serving customers in five states - Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Georgia and further strengthens the bank’s commitment to the Tallahassee market.

The combined Company now has 67 locations in five states with approximately $3.0 billion in total assets, $2.5 billion in total deposits and $2.0 billion in total loans. The First continues to successfully expand its footprint into contiguous markets that provide excellent opportunities for shareholder growth.

M. Ray “Hoppy” Cole, President & Chief Executive Officer of First Bancshares and The First, commented on today’s announcement saying, “The First is a bank that started in Mississippi with a few friends who wanted a true community bank focused on relationships and taking care of business one customer at a time. We modeled that commitment as our bank partnered with other community banks across the Gulf South. Today The First and FMB bank have become one with that same hometown commitment to our new Tallahassee, Monticello and Thomasville customers.”

Cole went on to say, “Our Florida and Georgia customers will continue doing business with their hometown bankers and will enjoy a full array of financial services now backed by the strength of a community bank with $3 billion in assets.”

About The First

The First Bancshares, Inc., headquartered in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is the parent company of The First, A National Banking Association. Founded in 1996, the First has operations in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida. The Company’s stock is traded on NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol FBMS. Information is available on the Company’s website:

The First is a safe, sound, profitable and growing bank with a strong capital base, having achieved 72 consecutive quarters of profitability. It is because of this commitment that The First earned a 5 Star Rating (the highest given) by BauerFinancial, “the nation’s bank rating service.”

For More Information Please Contact:

Jennifer Trussell

Marketing Director, The First

601 450-2535