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Regions Reports Fourth Quarter 2008 Loss Largely Driven by

Non-cash Goodwill Impairment Charge

Company accelerated disposition of problem assets, bolstered loan loss reserve,

strengthened capital

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – (BUSINESS WIRE) – January 20, 2009 – Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF) today reported a loss for the quarter and year ending December 31, 2008.

Key points for the quarter included:

 

   

Loss of $9.01 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2008 was largely driven by a $6 billion non-cash charge for impairment of goodwill. Excluding goodwill impairment, Regions’ loss totaled 35 cents per diluted share for the quarter (see reconciliation in “Earnings Highlights” table below). Regulatory and tangible capital ratios were unaffected by the goodwill impairment.

 

   

Full-year results reflect a net loss available to common shareholders of $5.6 billion or $8.09 cents per diluted share. Excluding the goodwill impairment charge and $124 million in after-tax merger-related expenses, full-year earnings from continuing operations available to common shareholders were 74 cents per diluted share.

 

   

Issuance of preferred stock, as a participant in the Treasury’s Capital Purchase Program, strengthened the Tier 1 capital ratio to an estimated 10.39 percent, $5 billion above well-capitalized level

 

   

Accelerated disposition of problem assets, with approximately $1 billion in non-performing assets sold or transferred to held for sale, resulting in approximately $479 million of losses

 

   

Net loan charge-offs rose to an annualized 3.19 percent of average loans

 

   

Increased loan loss provision to $1.150 billion, $354 million above net charge-offs; raised allowance for credit losses to 1.95 percent of loans

 

   

Tax settlement benefits earnings per share by 40 cents, resolves tax years 1999 through 2006

 

   

Non-cash impairment charge on mortgage servicing rights reduced earnings per share 9 cents

 

   

Grew total customer deposits 6.6 percent, with low-cost deposits posting 4.5 percent linked-quarter gain

 

        

Regions Financial Corporation

Post Office Box 11007

Birmingham, Alabama 35288


The following information was filed by Regions Financial Corp (RF) on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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