South Financial Group

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The South Financial Group
IndustryFinancial services
FateAcquired by Toronto-Dominion Bank
HeadquartersGreenville, South Carolina,
United States
Key people
A. Foster McKissick
Mack I. Whittle, Jr., Founders
H. Lynn Harton, President & CEO
ProductsAsset management
Commercial banking
Online banking
Retail banking
Number of employees

The South Financial Group, originally known as Carolina First Corporation, was a bank holding company headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina. The South Financial Group was the parent company of Carolina First, with branch locations in North and South Carolina and Mercantile Bank, with branch locations in Florida.[2]

The South Financial Group began posting heavy losses in 2008 and lost more than $1.7 billion before its sale in 2010 to TD Bank Financial Group of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[3] It lost more than $735 million alone during 2009, and another $400 million through the first six months of 2010.[citation needed] In May 2010, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals, it was announced that TD Bank, N.A., which is co-headquartered in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Portland, Maine, planned to acquire the troubled company. TD Bank is a subsidiary of Toronto-Dominion Bank based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[4] A lawsuit was filed by a group of company shareholders against The South Financial Group, its board of directors and TD Bank in conjunction with the proposed sale. The suit was ultimately settled, clearing the way for the sale.[5]

Between 2007 and 2010, South Financial's stock fell from more than $25 a share to less than $1 during this tumultuous period.[citation needed] Over its last five-plus years, South Financial saw its stock lose 99 percent of its value.[citation needed] In December 2008, South Financial received $347 million from the federal government as part of Troubled Asset Relief Program.[6] At the end of April 2010, Carolina First entered into a consent order with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond that sets time frames during which the bank must improve its capital position or risk being taken over by federal regulators.[7] As part of the deal for South Financial the U.S. Treasury received $131 million.[8]

On Sept, 28, 2010, The South Financial Group shareholders approved the merger of the company with TD Bank Financial Group. As of October 1, 2010 Carolina First and Mercantile Bank now operate as trade names of TD Bank, N.A. Both Mercantile Bank and Carolina First will be renamed TD Bank in mid-2011 after planned system integrations. Until such time both banks names will remain unchanged and be advertised in all markets as being "trade names of TD Bank, N.A."[9]


Map of Carolina First branches.


The South Financial Group operated three wholly owned subsidiaries: Mercantile Bank of Florida, Carolina First in North Carolina and South Carolina, and Bank CaroLine, an Internet bank. All three brands functioned as subsidiaries of Carolina First, which had approximately $12 billion in assets.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "South Financial Group, The". Holding Companies. February 19, 2008. Retrieved April 16, 2008.
  2. ^ "THE SOUTH FINANCIAL GROUP, INC". Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  3. ^ "TD Bank Agrees to Acquire The South Financial Group" (PDF).
  4. ^ TD Financial buys South Carolina's South Financial Group
  5. ^ "SC Biz News".
  6. ^ U.S. Treasury Department Office of Financial Stability, TARP Transactions Report, January 21, 2010 Archived January 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "SC Biz News".
  8. ^ "TD bank of Canada buying SC-based South Financial". The Sun News. Associated Press. May 18, 2010. Retrieved May 27, 2010.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Top 50 bank holding companies". Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council. March 31, 2008. Retrieved April 16, 2008.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Bank Holding Company Detail". FDIC Institution Directory. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. December 31, 2007. Archived from the original on October 2, 2008. Retrieved April 16, 2007.
  11. ^ O'Daniel, Adam (May 17, 2010). "TD Financial buys South Carolina's South Financial Group". Charlotte Business Journal. Archived from the original on October 4, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2023.

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