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BB&T Profits Fall, Weighed Down By Restructuring Charges

BB&T, the nation's 10th largest bank, said profits fell 42%, hurt by a number of charges to restructure its portfolio.

Excluding the charges, BB&T's operating profits rose 5%, helped by growth in its fee-based businesses.

Net income fell to $250.8 million, or 46 cents a share, from $429.6 million, or 78 cents a share, a year earlier.

Results included charges of $139.1 million to add tax reserves for leveraged leases, and $46.9 million for a sale of $2.5 billion of securities to prepare for future interest-rate changes.

BB&T said it also incurred $12.1 million of charges for mergers and equity-based compensation.

On an operating basis, profit rose to $448.9 million, or 82 cents a share, from $425.8 million, or 78 cents a share.

Analysts polled by Thomson Financial on average forecast profit of 77 cents a share. Those estimates typically exclude one-time charges.

"I am particularly pleased with our core trends in light of the difficult interest-rate environment and slowing real estate market," Chief Executive John Allison said in a statement.

Lending income rose 6% and fees rose 9%, while expenses also increased 9%, BB&T said.

BB&T, of Winston-Salem, N.C., will host a conference call and webcast at 11 am New York time.

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