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BB&T, SunTrust Complete Merger of Equals to Become Truist

December 09, 2019, 07:25 AM
Filed Under: Mergers & Acquisitions

Truist Financial Corporation announced the completion of the merger of equals between BB&T Corporation and SunTrust Banks, Inc. Truist is the sixth-largest U.S. commercial bank, serving approximately 10 million consumer households and a full range of business clients, with leading market share in many of the most attractive, high-growth markets in the country.

"This is a historic moment for Truist – a financial services organization created from two companies with shared values and a deep commitment to building a better future for our clients and communities," said Truist Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kelly S. King. "The completion of this merger of equals is a tremendous achievement and a testament to the thousands of Truist teammates who have diligently worked to ensure its timely conclusion."

"With Truist, we're creating a new company with a bold, transformative vision to increase investment in innovative technology and create a distinctive teammate and client experience," said Truist President and Chief Operating Officer Bill Rogers. "We have much work ahead of us, but we're well-positioned to create meaningful change for the clients we serve and the communities where we live and work."

For now, clients will continue to be served through their respective BB&T or SunTrust branches, websites, mobile apps, financial advisors and relationship managers. Clients can now use BB&T and SunTrust ATMs to make withdrawals without incurring out-of-network fees.

The transition to the full Truist experience will occur as systems are integrated over the next two years. There will be no merger-related changes to account numbers or routing numbers for checking, savings and money market accounts for the vast majority of clients. As a result, most clients won't need to order new checks or make changes to direct deposits, automatic drafts or wire instructions related to these accounts.

Under the previously announced Truist Community Benefits Plan, $60 billion is earmarked for lending or investment in low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities from 2020–2022. The plan includes goals for lending to LMI borrowers and small businesses, as well as affordable housing development and community revitalization; support of nonprofits; and participation in a variety of service and outreach programs. The Truist Foundation will focus its philanthropic efforts throughout Truist's footprint to support nonprofit organizations. Additionally, Truist will fulfill a financial commitment of $17.4 million annually for Winston-Salem, NC, and the Piedmont Triad community, and $100 million annually for the Atlanta community to double the level of current community investment through 2021.

The merger of equals was announced Feb. 7, 2019, and final regulatory approvals were received on Nov. 19, 2019.

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