Fourteen months after its merger with BB&T Financial Corp., the "new"
The issue is the first since the acquisition in February 1995, and the
J.E.B. Davis, senior vice president of the financial division who helped
Mr. Davis said the issue was unrelated to the merger, noting, "We wanted
However, the bank's larger size after the merger made the debt more
Mr. Weintraub pointed out that when small banks do come to market their
The seven-year, noncallable notes were priced to yield 7.096%. The
"It is fairly priced both to the company and the investor," said
The deal was led by Merrill Lynch. Underwriters also included Dean
Citicorp also came to market on Tuesday with $250 million of
The 10-year, noncallable issue was priced to yield 7.195%, or 58 basis
One analyst was skeptical of the pricing, saying, "The right level
But Mr. Weintraub said the pricing was consistent with other similar
Goldman Sachs & Co. was lead underwriter.
Separately, Fitch Investors Service granted an A-plus rating to
The rating is based on good asset quality, greater core business