Regions Insurance is a leading insurance broker serving more than 60,000 clients across the Southeast, Texas and Indiana. It offers property and casualty and employee benefits products to businesses through a retail network of insurance professionals. This acquisition adds incremental balance to BB&T's insurance business between its wholesale and retail insurance channels. Following this acquisition, BB&T Insurance's retail network will contribute almost half of its insurance brokerage revenue.
"Regions Insurance significantly adds to our retail insurance network providing us the opportunity to further build out our footprint in core BB&T markets across the Southeast," said BB&T's chairman and chief executive officer, Kelly S. King. "With this acquisition, BB&T increases the contribution from our insurance brokerage business to almost $2 billion in annual revenue and further affirms our commitment to growing the business."
"This acquisition reinforces our current position as the fifth largest insurance broker in the U.S. and globally," said John Howard, chairman and chief executive officer of BB&T Insurance. "We have great respect for Regions Insurance, its leadership and its associates. We welcome Rick Ulmer, president and chief executive officer of Regions Insurance, and other Regions Insurance associates who will be joining BB&T Insurance in senior leadership and other positions. With a broader set of resources available to them, Regions' insurance professionals will be better equipped to meet the needs of their clients. We have confidence that our organizations will fit extremely well together."
This transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Terms were not disclosed. The capital used in this transaction will impact BB&T's 2018 Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review. The use of capital in this acquisition exceeds BB&T's internal rate of return hurdles.
RBC Capital Markets served as financial advisor and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP served as legal counsel to BB&T in this transaction.
BB&T will post a presentation to its website discussing the transaction. To access the presentation, go to BBT.com.
About BB&T Insurance Holdings
BB&T Insurance Holdings, the fifth largest insurance broker in the U.S. and internationally, is a wholly owned subsidiary of BB&T Corporation. BB&T Insurance Holdings operates more than 200 offices through subsidiaries BB&T Insurance Services, BB&T Insurance Services of California, McGriff, Seibels & Williams, CRC Insurance Services, Crump Life Insurance Services and AmRisc, LLC.
BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $221.6 billion in assets and market capitalization of approximately $38.9 billion, as of Dec. 31, 2017. Building on a long tradition of excellence in community banking, BB&T offers a wide range of financial services including retail and commercial banking, investments, insurance, wealth management, asset management, mortgage, corporate banking, capital markets and specialized lending. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company operates more than 2,000 financial centers in 15 states and Washington, D.C. A Fortune 500 company, BB&T is recognized consistently for outstanding client service by Greenwich Associates for small business and middle market banking. More information about BB&T and its full line of products and services is available at BBT.com.
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