BB&T Corporation (“BB&T”, “the Company”, “the Corporation” or “the Parent Company”), is a financial holding company headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. BB&T conducts its business operations primarily through its commercial bank subsidiary, Branch Banking and Trust Company (“Branch Bank”), which has offices in North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Nevada, Texas, Washington D.C and Indiana. Branch Bank exited the Nevada markets in January 2010. In addition, BB&T’s operations consist of a federally chartered thrift institution, BB&T Financial, FSB (“BB&T FSB”), and several nonbank subsidiaries, which offer financial services products. Substantially all of the loans made by BB&T’s subsidiaries are to businesses and individuals in these market areas.
At December 31, 2009, the principal operating subsidiaries of BB&T included the following:
· Branch Banking and Trust Company, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
· BB&T Financial, FSB, Columbus, Georgia
· Scott & Stringfellow, LLC, Richmond, Virginia
· Regional Acceptance Corporation, Greenville, North Carolina
· BB&T Asset Management, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina
Branch Bank, BB&T’s largest subsidiary, was chartered in 1872 and is the oldest bank headquartered in North Carolina. Branch Bank provides a wide range of banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients in its geographic markets, including small and mid-size businesses, public agencies, local governments and individuals, through 1,857 offices (as of December 31, 2009) located in North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Nevada, Texas, Washington D.C and Indiana. Branch Bank exited its 22 Nevada branches in January 2010. Branch Bank’s principal operating subsidiaries include:
· BB&T Equipment Finance Corporation, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, which provides loan and lease financing to commercial and small businesses;
· BB&T Investment Services, Inc., a registered broker-dealer located in Charlotte, North Carolina, which offers clients non-deposit investment alternatives, including discount brokerage services, equities, fixed-rate and variable-rate annuities, mutual funds and government and municipal bonds;
· BB&T Insurance Services, Inc., headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, which offers property and casualty, life, health, employee benefits, commercial general liability, surety, title and other insurance products through its agency network;
· Stanley, Hunt, DuPree & Rhine, Inc., with dual headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Greenville, South Carolina, which offers flexible benefit plans, and investment advisory, actuarial and benefit consulting services (merged into Branch Bank on January 1, 2010);
· Prime Rate Premium Finance Corporation, Inc., located in Florence, South Carolina, and its subsidiary AFCO Credit Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which provide insurance premium financing to clients in the United States and Canada;
· Grandbridge Real Estate Capital, LLC, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, which specializes in arranging and servicing commercial mortgage loans;
· Lendmark Financial Services, Inc., located in Covington, Georgia, which offers alternative consumer loans to clients unable to meet Branch Bank’s normal credit and mortgage loan underwriting guidelines;
· CRC Insurance Services, Inc., based in Birmingham, Alabama, which is a wholesale insurance broker authorized to do business nationwide; and
· McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc., based in Birmingham, Alabama, which is authorized to do business nationwide and specializes in providing insurance products on an agency basis to large commercial and energy clients, including many Fortune 500 companies.
BB&T FSB is a federal savings bank. BB&T FSB provides services to clients throughout the United States and was formed to help improve the operating efficiency of certain business activities for subsidiaries which are national in scope. In addition to credit card lending, the following businesses operate as either subsidiaries or divisions of BB&T FSB:
· Sheffield Financial (a division of BB&T FSB), based in Clemmons, North Carolina, which specializes in loans to small commercial lawn care businesses across the country for the purchase of outdoor power equipment and loans to individuals for power sport and leisure equipment;
· Liberty Mortgage Corporation, based in Norcross, Georgia, which originates mortgage loans through a network of mortgage originators (including mortgage brokers, community banks and mortgage banks) in a multi-state area; and
· MidAmerica Gift Certificate Company, which specializes in the issuance and sale of retail gift certificates and giftcards through a nationwide network of authorized agents.
Major Nonbank Subsidiaries
BB&T also has a number of nonbank subsidiaries, including:
· Scott & Stringfellow, LLC, which is a registered investment banking and full-service brokerage firm that provides services in retail brokerage, equity and debt underwriting, investment advice, corporate finance and equity research; and facilitates the origination, trading and distribution of fixed-income securities and equity products in both the public and private capital markets. It also has a public finance department that provides investment banking, financial advisory services and debt underwriting services to a variety of regional taxable and tax-exempt issuers. Scott & Stringfellow’s investment banking and corporate and public finance areas do business as BB&T Capital Markets;
· Regional Acceptance Corporation, which specializes in indirect financing for consumer purchases of primarily mid-model and late-model used automobiles; and
· BB&T Asset Management, Inc., a registered investment advisor and the advisor to the BB&T Funds, provides tailored investment management solutions to meet the specific needs and objectives of individual and institutional clients through a full range of investment strategies, including domestic and international equity, alternative investment products and strategies, and fixed income investing.
BB&T’s primary market area for its banking operations consists of North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, eastern Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, Florida, Alabama and Washington, D.C. In addition, BB&T has a smaller banking presence in Texas and Indiana. The Texas market represents a new market for BB&T to expand its banking operations and was entered in connection with the Colonial acquisition. The markets that BB&T operates have a diverse employment base and primarily consists of manufacturing, general services, agricultural, wholesale/retail trade, technology, government and financial services. BB&T believes its current market area will support growth in assets and deposits in the future. Management strongly believes that BB&T’s community bank approach to providing client service is a competitive advantage that strengthens the Corporation’s ability to effectively provide financial products and services to businesses and individuals in its markets.
At December 31, 2009, BB&T had approximately 32,400 full-time equivalent employees compared to approximately 29,600 full-time equivalent employees at December 31, 2008.