NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) has assigned senior long-term and short-term debt ratings of BBB+ and K2, respectively, to SunTrust Banks, Inc. (SunTrust), a bank holding company. In addition, KBRA has assigned a long-term rating of A- and short-term rating of K1 to the deposits of the parent’s lead subsidiary, SunTrust Bank (Bank). This rating was not solicited by SunTrust Bank and the bank did not participate in the ratings process.
The outlook on all ratings is stable. The ratings are based on SunTrust’s sound financial fundamentals, as evidenced by continued improvements in asset quality, healthy capital levels and an improving earnings trend. The ratings also reflect the organization’s amplified focus on wholesale banking, its notable concentration in nonperforming residential mortgages, and the Bank’s geographic concentration in the southeastern region, which was relatively weakened by the crisis.
This rating is based on publicly available information and utilizes KBRA’s Global Bank and Bank Holding Company Rating Methodology, published on May 2, 2013.
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