Regions Financial Corporation

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Regions Financial Corporation
Regions Bank
Company typePublic company
S&P 500 Index component
IndustryFinancial services
Founded1971; 53 years ago (1971) as First Alabama Bankshares
HeadquartersRegions Center,
Birmingham, Alabama
Number of locations
1,952 ATMs and 1,454 banking offices[1]
Key people
Charles D. McCrary, Chairman
John M. Turner, Jr., President, CEO
David J. Turner, Jr., CFO
ProductsCommercial banking
Retail banking
Mortgage banking
Investment banking
Asset management
RevenueIncrease US$7.531 billion (2022)
Decrease US$2.876 billion (2022)
Increase US$2.146 billion (2022)
Total assetsDecrease US$155.22 billion (2022)
Total equityDecrease US$15.951 billion (2022)
Number of employees
Increase 20,073 (2022)
  • Sabal Capital Partners
  • Ascentium Capital
  • Highland Associates
  • FMLS
  • BlackArch Partners
  • Clearsight Advisors
  • Regions Equipment Finance Corporation (REFCO)
Capital ratioTier 1 10.91% (2022; Basel III Advanced)
Footnotes / references
[1] [2]
A Regions Bank branch in Cleveland, Georgia
A Regions Bank located on Laura Street in Jacksonville, Florida's financial district

Regions Financial Corporation is an American bank holding company headquartered in the Regions Center in Birmingham, Alabama.[3] The company provides retail and commercial banking, trust, stock brokerage, and mortgage services. Its banking subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates about 2,000 automated teller machines and 1,300 branches in 15 states in the Southern and Midwestern United States.[4] Regions is ranked 483rd on the Fortune 500 and 140th on Fortune's list of "America's Most Innovative Companies.[5] Component headquartered in Alabama, Regions is also on the list of largest banks in the United States.

Regions is ranked 434th on the Fortune 500 and is component headquartered in Alabama.[6] Regions is also on the list of largest banks in the United States.

Regions is the largest deposit holder in Alabama and Tennessee. It is also one of the largest deposit holders in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida.[7]

The company sponsors Regions Field, a Minor League Baseball stadium in Birmingham, Alabama, and the Tradition golf tournament. It sponsored the Regions Charity Classic, a golf tournament held in 2009 and 2010.

The company has a partnership with Operation HOPE, Inc. to provide free financial education to underserved communities.[8] In 2019, the company expanded its Workday, Inc. system in partnership with EnterpriseAlumni to engage and enable ex-employees to extend their corporate social responsibility initiatives.


Regions Geographic Footprint

Regions Financial Corporation, formerly known as First Alabama Bankshares, was founded on July 13, 1971 with the merger of three Alabama banks: First National Bank of Montgomery, Alabama (opened 1871), Exchange Security Bank of Birmingham, Alabama (opened 1928), and First National Bank of Huntsville, Alabama (opened 1856).[9][10] The headquarters of First National Bank of Huntsville was a historic building built in 1835.[11] It served as a hospital for Union soldiers during the American Civil War, and once held a rifle owned by Frank James as collateral for bail money when he was incarcerated across the street in the Madison County Jail.

Until their formal merger in March 1985, under revised banking regulations, the banks continued to operate independently.

In 1986, changes in the Interstate Banking Bill allowed bank holding companies to purchase bank branches outside the state in which they were chartered. First Alabama Bankshares expanded its operations first into Florida, continuing into Georgia, Tennessee, and Arkansas. In 1994, to reflect its growth into a regional company, First Alabama Bankshares changed its name to Regions Financial Corporation and the name of its banking subsidiary to Regions Bank.[12]

Regions added banking branches in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. The name "Regions" was purchased from First Commercial Corporation, the Arkansas Bank that Regions subsequently purchased in 1998.[13]

In 2001, Regions acquired Rebsamen Insurance Company, which was renamed Regions Insurance Group.[14]

In 2001, Regions acquired Morgan Keegan & Company for $789 million.[15] In January 2012, Regions sold Morgan Keegan to Raymond James for $930 million.[16] The trust department was retained by Regions and now operates as Regions Trust.[17]

In 2002, the company announced that it will list its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange.[18]

In 2002, Regions acquired Independence Bank for approximately $24 million in cash.[19][20]

On January 24, 2004, Regions merged with Memphis, Tennessee–based Union Planters Bank in a $5.9 billion transaction. Jackson W. Moore, the former CEO of Union Planters, became CEO of the merged company. He suffered a stroke after the merger closed, but was still able to assume his new post upon recovery. After the merger, Regions adopted Union Planters' former logo of a young cotton plant and used it until the AmSouth conversion. The merger significantly increased Regions' footprint in Tennessee; Union Planters had been the largest Tennessee-based bank.[21][22]

In 2006, Regions acquired AmSouth Bancorporation, another Birmingham-based bank, in a $10 billion transaction. While Regions was the surviving company, the merged entity adopted AmSouth's corporate structure.[23][24]

In 2008, Regions Bank received a $3.5 billion loan as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program. On April 4, 2012, Regions repaid the $3.5 billion loan.[25]

On August 29, 2008, as a result of the financial crisis of 2007–2008, Integrity Bank of Alpharetta, Georgia was placed into receivership by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Regions Bank assumed its operations.[26][27]

In February 2009, FirstBank Financial Services of McDonough, Georgia, was also placed into receivership by the FDIC and Regions Bank assumed its operations.[28][29]

In July 2018, the company sold its insurance operations to BB&T.[30][31]

In June 2021 Regions announced they would acquire home improvement lender EnerBank USA[32] for $960 million.[33] EnerBank USA was previously a subsidiary of CMS Energy.[34]


Customer fraud[edit]

In 2011, Regions paid $200 million to settle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over mispricing risky mortgage-backed bonds in its conservative mutual funds in its Morgan Keegan subsidiary.[35][36]

Overdraft fees[edit]

In April 2015, Regions was fined $7.5 million by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for charging consumers with inappropriate or illegal overdraft fees.[37] Regions did not obtain affirmative opt-ins from charging overdraft fees on ATM and point of sale transactions.[38] The CFPB also found that Regions misrepresented overdraft and non-sufficient fund fees related to the bank's short-term loan program.[39]

On September 28, 2022, the CFPB again ordered Regions Bank to pay $50 million into the CFPB’s victims relief fund and to refund at least $141 million to customers harmed by its illegal surprise overdraft fees. From August 2018 through July 2021, Regions charged customers surprise overdraft fees on certain ATM withdrawals and debit card purchases. The bank charged overdraft fees even after telling consumers they had sufficient funds at the time of the transactions. The CFPB also found that Regions leadership knew about and could have discontinued its surprise overdraft fee practices years earlier, but they chose to wait while Regions pursued changes that would generate new fee revenue to make up for ending the illegal fees.

Account security[edit]

Regions uses text messages[40] for multi-factor authentication which is insecure[41][42] instead of offering TOTP using an Authenticator App.


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  2. ^ "REGIONS FINANCIAL CORPORATION 2022 Form 10-K Annual Report". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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  14. ^ Mortiz, Gwen (February 7, 2001). "Regions Buys Rebsamen Insurance". Arkansas Business Publishing Group.
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  21. ^ MOLLENKAMP, CARRICK; SIDEL, ROBIN (January 26, 2004). "Regions Financial, Union Planters Get Support in $6.1 Billion Merger". The Wall Street Journal.
  22. ^ "Initial Regions-Union Planters Bank Conversions Successful; Second Phase Set for August" (Press release). Business Wire. May 3, 2005.
  23. ^ "Regions Financial Corp. and AmSouth Bancorporation to Merge" (Press release). Business Wire. May 25, 2006.
  25. ^ Sparshott, Jeffrey (April 4, 2012). "Regions Returns TARP Money". The Wall Street Journal.
  26. ^ "FDIC: Failed Bank Information: Integrity Bank, Alpharetta, GA Closing Information". Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  27. ^ Rauch, Joe (September 2, 2008). "Integrity Bank fails, bought by Regions Financial". American City Business Journals.
  28. ^ "FDIC: Failed Bank Information: FirstBank Financial Services, McDonough, GA Closing Information". Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  29. ^ Rauch, Joe (February 6, 2009). "FirstBank seized by feds, Regions to take over". American City Business Journals.
  30. ^ "BB&T Insurance Holdings closes on Regions Insurance Group acquisition" (Press release). PR Newswire. July 2, 2018.
  31. ^ Moffett, Margaret (July 5, 2018). "BB&T completes purchase of insurance broker". American City Business Journals.
  32. ^ "EnerBank USA to Expand Home Improvement Lending Through an Acquisition by Regions Bank". Businesswire. June 8, 2021. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  33. ^ "Bank M&A 2021 Deal Tracker: Utah, Tennessee drive M&A in June". Businesswire. June 21, 2021. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  34. ^ "EnerBank USA to Expand Home Improvement Lending Through an Acquisition by Regions Bank". Businesswire. June 8, 2021. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  35. ^ LATTMAN, PETER (June 22, 2011). "Regions Settles S.E.C. Case Over Former Morgan Keegan Funds". The New York Times.
  36. ^ "Morgan Keegan to Pay $200 Million to Settle Fraud Charges Related to Subprime Mortgage-Backed Securities" (Press release). U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. June 22, 2011.
  37. ^ Holland, Kelley (October 28, 2015). "CFPB fines Regions Bank for illegal overdraft fees". CNBC.
  38. ^ "CFPB Fines Regions Bank $7.5 Million for Unlawful Overdraft Practices" (Press release). Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. April 28, 2015.
  39. ^ McCoy, Kevin (April 28, 2015). "Regions Bank fined $7.5M for overdraft fees". USA Today.
  40. ^ "Online and mobile banking security". Retrieved March 24, 2024.
  41. ^ "Why You Should Stop Using SMS Security Codes—Even On Apple iMessage". Retrieved March 24, 2024.
  42. ^ "Can We Stop Pretending SMS Is Secure Now?". Retrieved March 24, 2024.

External links[edit]

  • Official website
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