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BankAtlantic Bancorp, Inc
IndustryFinance and Insurance
FateAcquired by BB&T
FoundedFort Lauderdale, FL (1952)
HeadquartersFort Lauderdale, Florida
Key people
Jarett Levan (CEO)
Alan Levan, Chairman
Number of employees
approx 1,040
BankAtlantic's branch footprint in southern Florida as of June 2011.

BankAtlantic, was a US bank that operated in the state of Florida until it was acquired in 2012 by BB&T Corporation. It provided consumer and business banking services to communities throughout Florida.

It was founded in 1952 and had 78 branch locations in Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties.[1][2] It was a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Prior to its acquisition, in June 2011, BankAtlantic had assets of $3.86bn with liabilities of $3.84bn.[3] The company’s lending portfolio comprised commercial real estate loans, commercial business loans, standby letters of credit and commitments, consumer loans, small business loans, and residential loans.


  • 1952: BankAtlantic founded in Fort Lauderdale as Atlantic Federal Savings and Loan Association.
  • 1980s: The bank sued ABC News for a report of complex real estate deals used by Alan B. Levan to keep the bank afloat. The bank lost the action when the US Supreme Court refused to hear the case.[4]
  • 1988: Atlantic Federal Savings and Loan renamed BankAtlantic.
  • 1994: The BankAtlantic Foundation was created.
  • 1999: Jarett S. Levan is appointed to the Board of Directors.[5]
  • 2001: BankAtlantic Bancorp acquires Community Savings Bankshares, Inc.
  • 2005: BankAtlantic signs a ten-year, $20 million deal for the naming rights to the BankAtlantic Center, a multi-purpose arena that is home to the Florida Panthers
  • 2006 BankAtlantic paid a ten million dollar penalty as a result of an investigation of drug traffickers in Florida. Their report noted, "more than $50 million in suspicious transactions were conducted through certain accounts at BankAtlantic."[6]
  • 2007: Share prices of the corporation collapses from $46.35 in the first week of October to $16 in the first week of November.[7]
  • 2007 To meet financial difficulties, the bank sold Ryan Beck Holdings Incorporated for about $96 million, laid off over 220 workers, and cut down on its marketing budget.[8]
  • 2007: BankAtlantic opens 100th location.
  • 2007: Jarett S. Levan becomes chief executive officer, taking the title from his father.[8]
  • 2008: In July, the bank was included on a report entitled "Who is Next?" written by analyst Richard X. Bove. The report listed 107 banking firms in order of their perceived riskiness to investors. The bank, whose stock was then near $100 a share sued for defamation, In June 2010, the bank lost the case, but managed to cost Mr. Bove almost $800,000 in legal fees.[4] By September, 2010, the corporation's share price was about a dollar.[9]
  • 2010 On March 23, Forbes reported BankAtlantic was one of a number of US banks implicated in dealings with Mexican drug traffickers. The report said that BankAtlantic entered into a deal with the Justice Department to settle the matter.[10]
  • 2010: Recipient for “Highest Customer Satisfaction with Retail Banking in Florida,” JD Power and Associates 2010 Retail Banking Satisfaction Study.
  • 2011: BankAtlantic's Tampa Bay Area branches sold to PNC Financial Services, with BankAtlantic focusing on the South Florida market.
  • 2011: BankAtlantic put itself up for sale and announced it would be acquired by BB&T. The deal later collapsed.[11]
  • 2012: SEC files a civil lawsuit against BankAtlantic and Chairman and CEO Alan B. Levan over allegations that they misled investors about the loan problems at the bank[12]
  • 2012: BankAtlantic-BB&T deal blocked by Delaware judge citing the "deal violated rights of investors"[13]
  • 2012: After renegotiation, BB&T acquires BankAtlantic.[14]
  • 2012: BankAtlantic Bancorp, Inc. changed its name to BBX Capital Corporation, which is currently used today.[15]


  1. ^ "BankAtlantic: Corporate Overview". BankAtlantic. Archived from the original on 2009-07-06. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  2. ^ "PNC to buy Florida banks". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  3. ^ "BankAtlantic Bancorp, Inc. and Subsidiaries Summary of Selected Financial Data" (PDF). BankAtlantic Bancorp Inc. July 27, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Martin, Andrews; Story, Louise (September 11, 2010). "The Loneliest Analyst". The New York Times. New York City. Archived from the original on January 19, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
  5. ^ "Jarett S. Levan Profile". Archived from the original on 15 September 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  6. ^ Drug Problem, by Nathan Vardi, blog,
  7. ^ "BankAtlantic Bancorp Inc. New Stock Chart". Yahoo! Finance. November 12, 2007. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
  8. ^ a b "BankAtlantic News and Photos". Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  9. ^ "BankAtlantic Bancorp Inc. New Stock Chart". Yahoo! Finance. September 13, 2010. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
  10. ^ Vardi, Nathan (March 23, 2010). "America's Banks And Mexico's Drug Problem". Archived from the original on 23 September 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  11. ^ "BankAtlantic Bancorp Signs Definitive Agreement To Sell BankAtlantic to BB&T Corporation". 1 November 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  12. ^ "Securities and Exchange Commission, Plaintiff, v. BankAtlantic Bancorp, INC. and Alan B. Levan" (PDF). United States District Court Southern District of Florida. Jan 18, 2012.
  13. ^ "BB&T-BankAtlantic deal blocked by Delaware judge". Reuters. Feb 28, 2012.
  14. ^ "BB&T completes purchase of BankAtlantic". Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  15. ^ Changed name

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