BB&T Acquires National Penn Bank

BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) today announced it has completed its acquisition of National Penn Bancshares, Inc., (NASDAQ: NPBC) effective April 1, 2016. The core banking systems conversion, along with signage and account changes for clients, is expected early in the third quarter of 2016.

"We are pleased to complete this strategic transaction and excited to welcome our new shareholders, clients and associates to BB&T," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kelly S. King. "As we move toward systems conversion, our clients will continue to receive the same level of outstanding client service from the same bankers they know so well."

The acquisition, which was announced in August 2015, includes 126 banking offices in Pennsylvania (2 in Schuylkill County, Shenandoah and Pottsville),New Jersey and Maryland, giving BB&T 2,265 financial centers throughout its footprint. With $9.6 billion in assets and $6.7 billion in deposits as of Dec. 31, 2015, the acquisition of National Penn will significantly expand BB&T's footprint in the Mid-Atlantic region and improve its deposit market share to No. 4 in Pennsylvania.

BB&T received the required regulatory approvals for the acquisition in late 2015. Along with the recent Swett and Crawford acquisition this uses the remainder of BB&T's buyback capacity approved by the Federal Reserve as part of BB&T's 2015 capital plan submission.

BB&T Corporation also previously announced plans to establish a fourth community banking region in northern Pennsylvania, headquartered in Allentown, and will name David B. Kennedy, National Penn's chief banking officer, as the president of the region. National Penn President and Chief Executive Officer Scott V. Fainor will be named group executive, with responsibility for overseeing multiple community banking regions with deposits of nearly $40 billion in Pennsylvania and contiguous states.

BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $209.9 billion in assets and market capitalization of $29.5 billion, as of Dec. 31, 2015. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company operates 2,265 financial centers in 15 states and Washington, D.C., and offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage and insurance products and services. A Fortune 500 company, BB&T is consistently recognized for outstanding client satisfaction by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Greenwich Associates and others.
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