BUSINESS FIRST BANCSHARES, INC. ANNOUNCES FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR Q1 2018

April 26, 2018

Baton Rouge, LA – Business First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:BFST), parent company of b1BANK, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, today announced its unaudited results for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, including record quarterly net income of $3.1 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, which reflected increases of $1.1 million and $0.02, respectively, from the quarter ended March 31, 2017. Core net income, which excludes nonrecurring income and expenses, was $3.6 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, which reflected increases of $2.3 million and $0.17, respectively, from the quarter ended March 31, 2017.