SunTrust has several significant catalysts, says Argus Argus believes that investors may be underestimating the positive impact to SunTrust of improving economic conditions in Florida. The firm also thinks that investors may be underestimating the bank's ability to reduce expenses, and the firm maintains a Buy rating on the stock.
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SunTrust signs agreement to sell RidgeWorth Capital Management SunTrust has reached a definitive agreement to sell the company's asset management subsidiary, RidgeWorth Capital Management, to RidgeWorth employees and an investor group led by a private equity fund managed by Lightyear Capital. The sale is expected to close during Q2 2014. RidgeWorth and its five institutional asset management boutiques collectively manage approximately $50.6B in assets. As of September 30, RidgeWorth contributed approximately $25M to SunTrust's year-to-date net income. The sale price consists of up to $245M to be paid at closing with the potential for up to $20M in additional proceeds based on retention of certain assets. SunTrust estimates the after-tax gain on the transaction to be $50M.
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