BB&T

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BB&T Corporation
TypePublic
Traded asNYSEBBT
S&P 500 Component
IndustryFinance, Investments, and Insurance
Founded1872
HeadquartersWinston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Area servedNorth Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Texas, Washington, D.C.
Key peopleKelly S. King
(Chairman and CEO)
ProductsCommercial banking, Investment banking
Revenue

increase $ 6.1 million (FY 2011)

[1]
Operating incomeincrease $ 1.6 million (FY 2011)[1]
Net incomeincrease $ 1.3 million (FY 2011)[1]
Total assetsincrease $ 174.5 Million (FY 2011)[1]
Total equityincrease $ 17.4 Million (FY 2011)[1]
Employees31,800 (December 2011)[1]
Websitewww.bbt.com
 
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BB&T Corporation
TypePublic
Traded asNYSEBBT
S&P 500 Component
IndustryFinance, Investments, and Insurance
Founded1872
HeadquartersWinston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Area servedNorth Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Texas, Washington, D.C.
Key peopleKelly S. King
(Chairman and CEO)
ProductsCommercial banking, Investment banking
Revenue

increase $ 6.1 million (FY 2011)

[1]
Operating incomeincrease $ 1.6 million (FY 2011)[1]
Net incomeincrease $ 1.3 million (FY 2011)[1]
Total assetsincrease $ 174.5 Million (FY 2011)[1]
Total equityincrease $ 17.4 Million (FY 2011)[1]
Employees31,800 (December 2011)[1]
Websitewww.bbt.com

BB&T Corporation (Branch Banking & Trust) is an American bank with assets of US$157 billion (March 2011), offering commercial and retail banking services along with other financial services such as insurance, investments, retail brokerage, mortgage, corporate finance, consumer finance, payment services, international banking, leasing and trust. Based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, BB&T operates more than 1,850 financial centers in the United States of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Texas, and in Washington, D.C..


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History

Typical branch office. Located in Lexington, North Carolina
BB&T footprint map

BB&T's beginnings date back to 1872, when Alpheus Branch and Thomas Jefferson Hadley founded the "Branch and Hadley" merchant bank in their small hometown of Wilson, North Carolina. After many transactions, mostly with local farmers, Branch bought out Hadley's shares in 1887 and renamed the company to "Branch and Company, Bankers". Two years later, Branch, his father-in-law Gen. Joshua Barnes, Hadley, and three other men, secured a charter from the North Carolina General Assembly to operate the "Wilson Banking and Trust Company". After numerous additional name changes, the company finally settled on the name "Branch Banking and Trust Company". Branch remained an active member in the company until his death in 1893.

BB&T building in downtown Tampa, Florida

BB&T sold Liberty Bonds during World War I and grew to have more than $4 million in assets by 1923. An insurance division was added in 1922, followed by a mortgage division in 1923. As banks across the nation failed as a result of the 1929 Stock Market Crash, BB&T survived; it was the only one to do so in the town of Wilson.

World War II revived BB&T. BB&T's prosperity continued into the 1960s, as mergers and acquisitions grew the company to $343 million in assets with new branches in 35 cities. By 1994, BB&T had become North Carolina's largest bank with $10.5 billion in assets and 263 offices in 138 cities in the Carolinas, though it has since slipped to second behind Bank of America.

In 1995, BB&T and Southern National Bank, another bank with roots in the eastern part of the state, completed a "merger of equals." In an unusual arrangement, the holding company retained the Southern National name for a few years, but all of its banks took the BB&T name. This gave the new BB&T 437 branches in 220 cities in the Carolinas and Virginia. The bank continued to expand nationwide through the 1990s, purchasing Fidelity Federal Bankshares, First Financial of Petersburg, Maryland Federal Bancorp and Franklin Bancorporation in the Virginia/Maryland area. In 1999, BB&T acquired MainStreet Financial Corp. of Martinsville, and Mason-Dixon Bancshares of Westminster, and further expanded into Georgia and West Virginia after purchasing First Liberty of Macon and Matewan Bancshares. The latter deal made BB&T the largest bank in West Virginia, a position it has held on to since.[2]

From 2000 to 2005, BB&T acquired numerous smaller banks, expanding into Tennessee, Kentucky, and even Florida. By Dec. 31, 2005, BB&T Corporation had secured $109.2 billion in assets; operated more than 1,500 banking offices in 11 states and the District of Columbia; and had more than 28,000 employees.

In early 2007 BB&T acquired Coastal Federal Bank which is primarily located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It has been one of the Carolinas' fastest growing banks. After BB&T's announcement of an opportunity for a "merger of equals" it was speculated that it would be a merger with either Regions Financial of Birmingham or Fifth Third of Cincinnati.

In late 2008 the bank accepted $3.1 billion in bailout money through the sale of its preferred shares to the U.S. Treasury's Troubled Asset Relief Program. The bank said in June 2009 that it had received approval to repurchase the shares.[3] Also in June 2009, its chairman, John A. Allison IV delivered a keynote address to a meeting of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where he claimed to show how government regulation caused the 2007-2009 financial collapse.[4]

On August 15, 2009, it was announced that the deposits and loan accounts of the Colonial Bank were being transferred to BB&T as part of Colonial Bank's receivership by the FDIC.[5] This acquisition added over 340 branches in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Texas along with approximately $26 billion in assets. This moved BB&T Corporation to the 8th largest commercial bank in the United States based on deposits. BB&T quickly flipped the Nevada branch to U.S. Bancorp (dropping it to 10th overall), but hung on to its Texas branches, despite the Texas branches being outside of its historical footprint. As of November 1, 2011, In acquiring BankAtlantic, BB&T will acquire approximately $2.1 billion in loans and assume approximately $3.3 billion in deposits.

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