TMIB Lite: BB&T and SunTrust – Why Merge?
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Topic: BB&T and SunTrust – Why Merge?
Start time: 1:28
On February 7, 2019, BB&T ($226 billion in assets) and SunTrust ($216 billion in assets) announced a definitive agreement to combine in an all-stock merger of equals. SunTrust stated that compelling value creation is expected for both companies’ shareholders as demonstrated by double-digit earnings per share accretion by 2021 with estimated net cost synergies of at least $1.6 billion by 2022. The combined company will operate under a new name and will be headquartered in Charlotte, NC. The pro forma company will have approximately $442 billion in assets, $301 billion in loans, and $324 billion in deposits serving more than 10 million households, with leading market share in many of the most attractive, high-growth markets in the country. Stated benefits of the merger include increased profitability and scale to drive faster technology innovations and significant cost synergies.
Both banks were profitable, had respectable earnings per share growth and dividend yields. Why merge?
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