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On the BB&T/SunTrust Merger…

February 7, 2019

Authors

Jonathan Hightower

On the BB&T/SunTrust Merger…

February 7, 2019

by: Jonathan Hightower

Many of us who are native Southerners sat with mouths agape as we read the announcement of the $66 billion (!) all-stock merger of equals between super regional banks BB&T and SunTrust. Few of us who grew up in Georgia have not been personally impacted by these banks in some way or another. For me, my aunt worked at Trust Company Bank when I was a kid, and BB&T bought a local thrift (Carrollton Federal), making its way into our home market where it remains today. After college, law school barely beat out an offer to work in SunTrust’s commercial

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2018 Bank M&A Statistics

January 7, 2019

Authors

Robert Klingler

2018 Bank M&A Statistics

January 7, 2019

by: Robert Klingler

2018 was only the fourth most active year over the last five years in terms of the number of insured institutions that agreed to sell. However, perspective is also important, as 2018 was also the fourth most active year over the last ten years, and the most active if measured as a percentage of institutions available to sell. 2018’s 262 bank and thrift deals ended up slightly lower than 2017’s 267 transactions. Based on the 6,670 insured banks and thrifts outstanding as the beginning of the year, 4.6% exited through a business combination.

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A Holiday Buffet of Banking News

December 28, 2018

Authors

Robert Klingler

A Holiday Buffet of Banking News

December 28, 2018

by: Robert Klingler

On December 27th, Jonathan and I returned to the studio to record the latest podcast for The Bank Account. We haven’t discussed New Year’s Resolutions, but we’ll try to return to a little more normalcy in 2019!

For those that have missing our voices, (a) please seek help… that’s not normal and (b) we were also recently guests on the ABA Banking Journal Podcast.

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Getting to Yes: A Conversation About Deal Certainty

March 2, 2018

Authors

Robert Klingler

Getting to Yes: A Conversation About Deal Certainty

March 2, 2018

by: Robert Klingler

the-bank-accountthe-bank-accountJonathan and I discuss deal protections and considerations – from the initial emotions of deciding to sell through deal signing in this latest episode of The Bank Account.

This episode has, in my opinion, some great information for banks looking to undertake M&A activity, from either the buyer or seller’s perspective.  But, I’m most impressed with our smooth transition from friendly banter about our upcoming Ragnar race to our substantive discussion.  (Of course the

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2018 Banking Trends with Raymond James

February 5, 2018

Authors

Robert Klingler

2018 Banking Trends with Raymond James

February 5, 2018

by: Robert Klingler

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A Recap of the AOBA M&A Simulation with FIG Partners

February 1, 2018

Authors

Robert Klingler

A Recap of the AOBA M&A Simulation with FIG Partners

February 1, 2018

by: Robert Klingler

On the second day of Bank Director’s Acquire

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A Conversation with Rory McKinney of D.A. Davidson; Day 1 at AOBA

January 29, 2018

Authors

Robert Klingler

A Conversation with Rory McKinney of D.A. Davidson; Day 1 at AOBA

January 29, 2018

by: Robert Klingler

the-bank-accountthe-bank-accountFor the next several The Bank Account episodes, we’re on the road at Bank Director’s Acquire or Be Acquired (AOBA) Conference.  In our first installment from AOBA, we highlight our respective take-aways from the first day of AOBA and then sit down with Rory McKinney, Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking for D.A. Davison & Co. to discuss Rory’s outlook for bank M&A activity in 2018.

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2017 Bank M&A Statistics

January 3, 2018

Authors

Robert Klingler

2017 Bank M&A Statistics

January 3, 2018

by: Robert Klingler

It looks like we’ll end 2017 with a total of 263 bank and thrift transactions, representing a slight increase in the number of deals over 2016 (250), but well below 2014 and 2015 levels (307 and 294, respectively).  However, in light of the decline in total number of banks (and the dearth of de novo activity), 2017 basically equaled 2014 and 2015 transaction activity, with approximately 4.5% of institutions at the beginning of the year exiting through a business combination.  (2016’s 250 transactions represented approximately 4.0% of the outstanding banks at the beginning of 2016.)

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Tax Reform for Sub S Banks and a 2017 Year-end M&A Review

December 29, 2017

Authors

Robert Klingler

Tax Reform for Sub S Banks and a 2017 Year-end M&A Review

December 29, 2017

by: Robert Klingler

the-bank-accountthe-bank-accountOn the latest episode of The Bank Account, Jonathan and I analyzed the Rose Bowl, pitting Jonathan’s Georgia Bulldogs against Jonathan’s In-Laws’ Oklahoma Sooners.  With critical generational analysis, Jonathan won me over to support Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs; I simply have to support Generation X over a Millennial. We then turned our focus to on-topic banking issues: the impact of tax reform on Subchapter S banks and a look in review at

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Midyear 2017 Banking Review

July 7, 2017

Authors

Robert Klingler

Midyear 2017 Banking Review

July 7, 2017

by: Robert Klingler

the-bank-accountthe-bank-accountOn the latest episode of The Bank Account, Jonathan and I discuss some of the key trends from the first six months of 2017 with regard to the banking industry.  Topics covered include:

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