I too questioned the purchase in WV, but am confident in the way they have made acquisitions up to this time. BBT has been good to me. I have been an employee for several years and have purchased stock since my employment with Southern National. I was one of the lucky ones who kept my job and I can't complain. I'm just waiting to see what happens next. I've found the last few weeks to be interesting. I've been reading this board for a long time, but this is my first post. Where's the Doc?
If EPS growth rate versus peers is an indicator of management's acquition strategy, BB&T has a lot more hits than misses. Following is the comparison from the site above..BB&T is second only to Mellon which really isn't a commercial bank but an investment and processing corp. Five yr. EPS growth Rates are:
Granted this is only one ratio.but a very important one....I believe this company knows how to analize and intigrate partners and make it work for shareholders (total return), employees (401k), and customers/communities (broader service array, higher lending limits)